Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen

Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen

by J. L. McCreedy

Paperback(Revised ed.)

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ISBN-13: 9780988236912
Publisher: Penelope Pipp Publishing
Publication date: 11/18/2012
Series: Liberty Frye , #1
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

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Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
GHott More than 1 year ago
Hott Review: What I liked: I generally enjoyed this book. It was a bit confusing in places, but I think it was just because I was reading too fast. There was nothing that I believe should deter middle-graders from reading this. Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is a solid read with an interesting storyline and a fun plot. I’ll be adding it to my children’s TBR list ;) . What I didn’t like: The book’s intro features a drunk neighbor and I almost put the book down thinking this had been improperly categorized, however, luckily I read a few more pages and found that my first impression was terribly inaccurate! More… Author: J.L. McCreedy Source: Free Read Dec 19, 2012 Grade: B+ Ages: 10+ Setting: Mississippi & Germany
claireh18 More than 1 year ago
Thanks to author J. L. McCreedy for the review copy of this novel, which is aimed at teen/young adult readers.   Liberty ('Libby') Frye has just turned ten years old when she learns the grandmother she once thought to be dead is actually very much alive. Libby and her parents set off on a journey to visit the elderly relative, but things take a rather strange turn almost immediately...   This is a book that I'd have loved as a young reader! Libby is a strong character, likeable and endearing and I can imagine the younger me wanting to be like her. All the characters are well written, it's a great story with both drama and humour, some supernatural and a touch of mystery. The combination really works well to ensure that Liberty Frye is not a book I'll forget in a hurry. 4.5/5.  
JalynEly More than 1 year ago
I’m pretty sure I had a good reason when I picked this up, but come time to write a review and I can’t remember what made me want to read this. Libby was okay. I think the main reason I didn’t like her a lot is she was 10. She had a bold, fearless personality that I’m sure I would have loved in a teenager, but I wasn’t so crazy about her as a ten-year-old. I think the story really should have been about Ginny. She went from shy and timid when Libby met her to brave and courageous at the end of the book. The problem was it almost felt forced, since she didn’t have as much page time as I think she deserved. The basic idea was a good one (and I’m not going to say too much, since you find out what’s going on along with Libby). But I feel like there really needed to be more. The last quarter Libby starts figuring out what’s going on, and then it’s over. It probably wouldn’t bother an upper-elementary kid, who would just be excited for book 2, but I wanted more detail. I didn’t love LIBERTY FRYE AND THE WITCHES OF HESSEN as I thought (or wished) I would. It really had nothing to do with the book – I’m just outgrowing middle grade books. I’m disappointed, because I have loved middle grade since I discovered it. But I think it’s time I left middle grade to its target audience. I received a free review copy of LIBERTY FRYE AND THE WITCHES OF HESSEN from the author's publicist. His generosity in no way influenced, or sought to influence, this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Most little girls are content with making friends, enjoying summer vacations, planning parties, baking cookies and generally caught up happily in the routines of everyday school and family life. Not Liberty Frye! She’s a spunky, cynical, energetically brave and oftentimes somewhat impatiently irritable young lady whose own unbelievable adventure is just about to begin. J. L. McCreedy writes a novel that whispers hints of old Grimm, the likes of Hansel and Gretel’s horrible plight, Harry Potter’s frights and flights and many others while freshly donning hat after new hat of playful but often terrifying sceneries atop her young heroine. She’s given us a whole new story in the process, complete with ghosts, goblins and ghoulish goings-on while mirroring the tried and true happenstances, hair-raisers and hellish nightmares that make a young reader’s novel interesting. Bad dreams are brought to life with a huge potion-portion of suspense and her Liberty Frye soon learns that there’s more to her own story than she’d ever dare to know. She’s assisted by her meek-turned-ferociously-loyal friend, Ginny, who takes us on a joy ride through the German countryside along with a flying ace apparition to rescue her only friend. Mystery abounds throughout the book and McCreedy’s rendition of a newly fashioned “teen-witch” tale is a quick and quirky read meant to be taken up as an amusement park ride which begs to be ridden again.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Thompson for Readers' Favorite J.L. McCreedy begins the book, Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen, with a warning. "This is a tale about a remarkable girl who is forced to face unimaginable things. It should not be read by those who despise anything out of the ordinary, who disapprove of smart (and somewhat stubborn) young ladies, or who disdain any hint of adventure. Nor should it be read by those who believe that the world around them is as it seems, because at least in this case, it definitely is not. No, this tale is filled with treachery and mystery and with exploits so daring that only the very stalwart should dare to read. And so, if one should find this document and feel compelled to proceed, it is strongly advised to do so with caution, in a supervised manner, and no matter what, never, ever read this tale within one hour of eating." It should also include, "Don't read this book when you have anything else to do, such as feeding kids, feeding yourself, using the bathroom, or any task that requires the book to be put down for even a moment." Liberty Frye, considered odd by many, becomes friends with Ginny Gonzalez, who lives with foster parents that don't particularly care for her much. The author takes the reader from small-town USA to Germany, with plenty of action and well-written prose. When first beginning this book, it came off as perhaps a Harry Potter knock-off, but in reading further, it is anything but. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys YA fantasy. This book is the best I've reviewed. An amazing story.
MotherDaughterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Liberty Frye and the Witches of Hessen is a rollicking adventure spanning two continents and featuring the impressive title character (Libby) who begins as an ordinary 10-year-old and who transforms into a confident girl who embraces her new identity as a powerful witch. But the best part of the story is the collection of quirky characters beginning with Uncle Frank who, despite being in a wheelchair, plays a critical role in protecting Libby. His old air force buddy, Sal makes a splash as he enters the story – literally flying in and landing wearing his hospital gown as he escapes from a care facility. Ginny is Libby’s best friend and she demonstrates her loyalty through her willingness to fly across the ocean, brave the elements, and face some heinous villains. And then there’s Buttercup, the goose. Let’s just say that this special pet also plays an important role in the story. And those are just the good guys. Then, there are all the villains, reminiscent of the ones found in the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales. There is the evil grandmother who lures Libby’s family to Germany in order for the even greater villain, Zelna (who has a surprise relationship with the group) to put her dastardly plan into action. Zelna reminds me of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or the evil queen from Snow White or the evil stepmother from Cinderella (*ahem* all Brothers Grimm stories!) She is one nasty villain! The plotline itself weaves a mystery about who Liberty Frye really is; why her parents escaped Germany and moved to America; what secret the vintage Brothers Grimm book holds; and what the evil Zelna is really after. There are so many plot twists and turns that I could only guess at the final outcome. That being said, there were certain parts of the story that I felt were quite complex for younger tweens to follow so I would recommend the book to older tweens. I did love the comic relief peppered throughout the text because there are definitely some dark moments as well. I wanted to make mention of two things concerning issues I had with the book. First, there are some gruesome parts (not many, but a few). For example, Libby learns that Zelna stays young by eating children. Ok, that is very Grimm-like. The way she discovers it is by finding the disembodied head of a boy in a cauldron. Yeesh! I did not want that image in my head (and I’ve read the original Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales – apparently before I had children). Second, I wish there had been more foreshadowing of Libby’s powers earlier in the story. Once Libby discovers she is a witch, she begins to reflect back on unusual things that had happened in the past (e.g., a Bunsen burner turning off by itself) that she can now attribute to her powers. It felt temporally out of order to have these “unusual incidents” revealed for the first time as flashbacks. I’m not even sure that the flashbacks are necessary in the story, but perhaps young readers would appreciate examples of how Libby demonstrated her powers. I recommend this book to older tweens and teens aged 10 years and older. * I was given this book free-of-charge by the author in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.