Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

By: Jessica Spotwood

Tess Sharpe

History is filled with stories of women accused of witchcraft, of fearsome girls with arcane knowledge. Toil & Trouble features fifteen stories of girls embracing their power, reclaiming their destinies and using their magic to create, to curse, to cure—and to kill.
A young witch uses social media to connect with her astrology clients—and with a NASA-loving girl as cute as she is skeptical. A priestess of death investigates a ritualized murder. A bruja who cures lovesickness might need the remedy herself when she falls in love with an altar boy. A theater production is turned upside down by a visiting churel. In Reconstruction-era Texas, a water witch uses her magic to survive the soldiers who have invaded her desert oasis. And in the near future, a group of girls accused of witchcraft must find their collective power in order to destroy their captors.
Brief author biographies.

ISBN: 9781335016270

JLG Release: Oct 2018


Sensitive Areas: Sexual assault, Strong language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking, Violence
Topics: Anthologies , Short stories , Witches , Witchcraft , Oppression , Empowerment

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

This anthology features stories about witches from the past, present, and near-future, all written by female authors. There are trained witches, witches coming into their powers, and the falsely accused. The girls come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are often forced to deal with circumstances not of their own making. In “Beware of Girls w This anthology features stories about witches from the past, present, and near-future, all written by female authors. There are trained witches, witches coming into their powers, and the falsely accused. The girls come from a wide variety of backgrounds and are often forced to deal with circumstances not of their own making. In “Beware of Girls with Crooked Mouths” by coeditor Spotswood, Jo gets a vision of the future and takes matters into her own hands despite how it may impact her sisters. “The Gherin Girls” by Emery Lord takes focuses on the power of sisterhood and supporting one another. “Why They Watch Us Burn” is a haunting dystopian story reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale, where women are subjugated and called witches for not falling in line with mainstream authority. “Divine Are the Stars” by Zoraida Córdova is a story steeped in magical realism and one of a few inspired by Latinx culture and folklore. Several entries involve LGBTQ+ protagonists, as in “The Heart in Her Hands” by coeditor Sharpe, where Bettina Clarke receives her soulmark (the mark of her soulmate) but is less than thrilled by its appearance and what it represents. While some stories include mild sexual content, mentions of rape, and abusive relationships, the writing remains non-graphic, making it appropriate for younger teens. VERDICT An additional purchase where contributing authors are popular or where anthologies are in demand.–Rebecca Greer, Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, FL, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9781335016270

First Release

October 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/2" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

304

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.5; Points: 16;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 24;

Lexile

Level HL800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harlequin/Harlequin Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Sexual assault, Strong language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking, Violence

Topics

Anthologies, Short stories, Witches, Witchcraft, Oppression, Empowerment,

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