In a time when hardship and famine rule the country, one boy finds an oasis of magic and the strength to fight for it.
The Dust Bowl uprooted a lot of families and orphaned even more children. No one knows this better than Nat, a teenager who rides the rails from town to town looking for work. After helping a girl accused of witchcraft, Nat stumbles upon a home for wayward children run by a vibrant woman named Camille. She takes in children who have been thrown away and teaches them how to use their untapped potential to do extraordinary things...like magic.
In this crazy new place, there are wonders he's never imagined possible. People who can paint portraits of ghosts, walk through walls, and hide windmills in thin air. But in a time of starvation and fear, Camille's magical home comes under attack from people who fear and discriminate against her. It is up to Nat and the other children to rally behind Camille to save their oasis in the dust from utter ruin.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Writing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 18 Years|
About the Author
When not writing, she is a professional artist and all around odd person. She lives as the only female with her husband, son, and ungrateful cat in Dallas, Texas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's not often I am stumped for words in a review, and not for lack of a tale, but because of its utter brilliance. I've ruminated all day on what to write and fear I've worn out my backspace button. Yet, no matter how far I wander away from this newly finished book, Rene's thought provoking message lingers and demands my full attention. MANUFACTURED WITCHES is a masterfully woven story pulsing from beginning to end with the magical heartbeat of acceptance. Told through the eyes of Nat, a boxcar kid seeking employment in Texas, a world of hate and love unfolds, both beautiful and terrifying. In one world, monochromatic grays for clothing and institutionalized oppression blackens the communities around Nat. In another world, a rainbow of colors in every shade of freedom is offered without strings attached . . . well, no strings save for the threads that tie Nat to all others in a house built on a foundation of love. Magic is not only presented as an otherworldly gift, but as something all people possess. The requirement? Acceptance. Individual magic appears only when an individual accepts who they are, regardless of society's definition of what is acceptable, good, and wholesome. The worldbuilding is sublime and perfectly matches Nat's patchwork-quilted journey from lost to found. The bizarre and unreal blooms to life on each page and I found my curiosity asking as many questions as Nat, exploring the hallways and closed doors of my own dreams and nightmares. Rene's writing easily pulled me in and beautifully captured each character until I was lost within the folds of their individual heartaches and triumphs. I can't recommend MANUFACTURED WITCHES enough. Take a chance and discover the multi- colored heartbeat of magic. You won't be disappointed!