The Thickety: A Path Begins (Thickety Series #1)

The Thickety: A Path Begins (Thickety Series #1)


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The Thickety: A Path Begins (Thickety Series #1) by J. A. White, Andrea Offermann

The Thickety: A Path Begins is a spellbinding tale about a girl, the Thickety, and the power of magic. Fans of Neil Gaiman will love this thrilling new world.

When Kara Westfall was five years old, her mother was convicted of the worst of all crimes: witchcraft. Years later, Kara and her little brother, Taff, are still shunned by the people of their village, who believe that nothing is more evil than magic…except, perhaps, the mysterious forest that covers nearly the entire island. It has many names, this place. Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, or Sordyr's Realm. But mostly it's called the Thickety.

The villagers live in fear of the Thickety and the terrible creatures that live there. But when an unusual bird lures Kara into the forbidden forest, she discovers a strange book with unspeakable powers. A book that might have belonged to her mother.

And that is just the beginning of the story.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062257246
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Series: Thickety Series , #1
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 559,576
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 12 Years

About the Author

J. A. White is the author of The Thickety: A Path Begins. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, three sons, and a hamster named Ophelia that doesn't like him very much. When he's not making up stories, he teaches a bunch of kids how to make up stories (along with math and science and other important stuff). He wishes dragons were real because it would be a much cooler way to get to work.

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The Thickety: A Path Begins 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe how much I loved this book! I was looking for books my 13-year-old would enjoy. The cover art sucked me in. After reading the prologue, I was certainly glad my son was 13. This is listed in the kid section, but I would say at least 4th grade and only if they laugh at Goosebumps stories. This author has a way with words I haven't experienced in a while.This is a darkly wonderful tale of magic. I would definitely recommend to anyone who likes this genre, adults included! As to the younger readers, I would suggest reading a sampling to see if you like it. You should get a feel for the book within the first few pages. This book is one you won't want to put down once you start. It was a fast-paced quick read, and I cannot wait to get started on the next one! To Mr. White - Thank you for putting this story to paper! What a great read! Can't wait to see where you take us next on this ride! -- SPeeD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an AMAZING book I loved it SO much! One thing I'm not sure about is if it has a sequel... Either way the character development was great, over all this book is unputdownable! 5 stars definently
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Are you a good witch or a bad witch? Luke I am your father! Weird but fast paced and interesting. Definitely will read the next book in the series.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is defenenetly for more mature readers. This was a summer reading book for seventh grade and found it very creepy. Im twelve. Big reader. This book was the worst book ive read. Maybe because im not a horror story person. But i did cry. I was truly scared. Well written tho. Would recomend to a person who likes horror stories. If you dont i would not reccomend this book. I think tho this is positivly not a childfens book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG, so awesome. I :3 it! If you laugh yourself silly at goosebumps but still love a good scare, here's your book!!!
CarinaOlsen More than 1 year ago
This is my third time reading this precious book. I read it twice last year. And I can honestly say that I will never tire of reading this book. It will never not be exciting and heartbreaking and oh so fun to read. I will always be curious about what happens next when reading it, hih. It is such a fantastic book. And I feel like not enough people are reading this amazing middle grade series. Which breaks my heart. Because this book is one of the best. The writing is seriously gorgeous. The story is beyond amazing. I have already shared my thoughts about this book twice. But I'm doing it again. Because oh, how I loved this book. Yes, I might repeat myself, but I don't mind. Not reading my previous reviews before starting, though. Reading this book was very easy. The writing is so beautiful and easy to read and I never had a single issue with it. Which makes me so happy. Also want to say that the author is amazing. Adore him :) He is so kind and just such an amazing writer too. I simply cannot wait to read more books by Jerry. I love how A Path Begins is told from the point of view of twelve year old Kara. She's amazing. Young, yet still so old. She's the bravest little girl. And I adored reading about her again. She's the best. My heart is aching for her so much. Her mom was murdered as a witch, when Kara was five. Just after giving birth to her brother, Taff, whom is now seven. He is so sick all the time. And Kara takes care of him. Sniffs. As their dad is there, but he's sort of not fully there. Hmph. But he isn't that bad, not really. I liked him. What broke my heart the most about this book is how people treat Kara. They hurt her. They don't talk nice to her. She has only one friend, Lucas. But I adored Lucas. He was such an awesome boy and a fantastic friend. But anyway. The other people in their small village was so mean to her. Because her mom was a witch. And this village.. wow. It is a bit screwed up, hah. So weird. Yet so amazing and interesting to read about. I did not like the people. Yet I loved reading about them at the same time. It hurt my heart that Kara was treated so badly. Yet she's such a kind person. She still tries to help them all. And she isn't a mean person. And just. I adored her oh so much. Her little brother was awesome too. So cute and kind and happy and understanding. It broke my heart that he was so sick. Sniffs. Yet such an amazing storyline, sigh. I can't get over how good this book is. Having read it three times, I can say for sure that there isn't anything I would have wanted differently about this book. It was simply perfect. There are creatures in this book. Scary ones. And they were so fun to read about. So much love. We also learn about the forest, The Thickety. Though much more about that in book two. Shudders. This book is all kinds of creepy and a bit scary and oh so heartbreaking. Such mean people. A lot of people get hurt. Many get killed. It was a bit dark for middle grade, and I loved it oh so much. This book is special to my heart. And I'm so thrilled to have read and loved it a third time. I just love and adore this book so much. -- There is a bit more at my blog, Carina's Books. B&N has word issues :p
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read a book like this ever. You need to read this.
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scoey1 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book very much.   I would recommend this to older teenagers and adults.  When reading this you picture Kara older than she is.  The story really grabs you and holds your interest all the way to the end.  Was very disappointed when I finished that the next one won't be published for awhile. Will definitely read on!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pageturner but not a literary masterpiece. There must be a sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very dark but a good book also a amazing storyline a good read for halloween time
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is not Harry Potter. There is nothing cute, warm, or fuzzy in this story of a young girl who learns she's a witch. The consequences of magic use are catastrophic for her and everyone around her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be both interesting and entertaining. But this book contains content that may be inapropriate for younger readers, some parts of this book happen to be creepy. But overall it is a good book. This is the kind of book that you would want to spoil for other people ( I think it has a good ending.) This book is definetly worth using your time on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down! Really good story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book, but my word, why does it say it's for kids? It reminds me of the 2nd book in The Looking Glass Wars trilogy. Grace is very much like Red. It's just creepiness and darkness and i wouldn't want a child reading this. Maybe teenagers i suppose, but i find it quite adult enough, thank you very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book! The detailed descriptions allowed me to see what Kara was seeing, feel what she was feeling. Also, there wasn't a moment in this book when I truly got bored. The only reason I took a star off is because of the cliffhanger ending. It's a great ending, but there isn't yet a second book I can read! All in all, great book!