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Sweetly

Jackson Pearce

5 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Interest age: from c 12 years, Fiction, Children's Fiction, Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage), Traditional stories (Children's / Teenage)

Not everything is as sweet as it appears in this wickedly delicious reimagining of 'Hansel and Gretel.'

As a child, Gretchen's twin sister was taken by a witch-like monster in the woods. Ever since, Gretchen and her brother, Ansel, have felt the long branches of the witch's forest threatening to make them disappear, too. When their stepmother casts Gretchen and Ansel out as teens, they stumble upon a sleepy Southern town and are invited to stay with Sophia Kelly at her sweet shop. Sophia moulds candied magic: coveted treats that inspire confidence, bravery, and passion. Life seems idyllic and Gretchen and Ansel finally start to forget their haunted past - until Gretchen meets handsome local outcast Samuel, who gives Gretchen a reason to fear Sophia: girls have been vanishing at Sophia's annual chocolate festival, taken by the insatiable 'witch' of Gretchen's nightmares. Can Gretchen save herself, the girls of Live Oak, and Sophia Of one thing, Gretchen is certain: a monster is coming, and it will never go away hungry.

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Praise for Sweetly

  • Action-packed and a real pleasure to read. - Library Mice

  • Full of suspense. - Cheezyfeet Books

  • A stand-out writer in the paranormal genre, weaving dark modern fairytales with refreshingly gutsy heroines. - Bookseller

  • Featuring romance, wicked stepmothers and werewolves this would appeal to all Twilight fans. - School Librarian

  • A brilliant novel. - Teen Titles

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Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of second-hand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.

Sisters Red is Jackson's debut novel in the UK. Her first novel As You Wish has recieved rave reviews in the US.

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