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Enter Three Witches by Caroline Cooney

Enter Three Witches (2007)

by Caroline Cooney

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Narrated by Charlotte Parry. In this retelling of Shakespeare's "Macbeth," young people witness the power-hungry rise and fall of Lord and Lady Macbeth. There is Mary, daughter of the traitor Cawdor and lady-in-waiting to Lady Macbeth. Illdreth (excuse mispellings; I listened to the book) is maid to Mary and keeps a dark secret involving Seaton. Seaton is Macbeth's lackey, facilitating murders of those who would be in Macbeth's way. Fleance is son of Banquo and seeks to avenge his father's murder at Seaton's hands. And Swin is a scullery maid, keenly aware of the goings-on at Inverness castle. It was a bit of a slog to get through and I was at first distracted by the frequent insertion of lines from the play which interrupted the flow of the story (would have made sense to me in print). But Charlotte Parry's Scottish accent work is superb and gives the story atmosphere. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Q4, P4

I really enjoyed this book because I think it's a great way to introduce young people to Shakespeare. The book gives the main gist of the story of Macbeth, but through the eyes of a young lady who, due to her father's actions, finds her circumstances diminished from a ward of Macbeth to a scullery maid in Macbeth's castle. By including quotes from the actual play as the subject headings AND as dialog that is overheard by the story's characters while maintaining the main storyline in modern English, it introduces Shakespearean English in a way that is understandable to kids. ( )
1 vote Johanna_Talbott | Jun 8, 2014 |
Interesting book for 8-12 year old readers. Basically retells the story of MacBeth from the view point of a young woman in the castle. Many of the chapters center around the lines of the play. ( )
  marsap | Nov 28, 2011 |
Enter Three Witches is the tale of Macbeth through the story of Mary, a teen ward to Lord and Lady Macbeth. Chapters are organized into the acts and scenes of the original play. Mary struggles against the tragedy, while bodies fall around her. The novel incorporates not only the events but also much of the famous text into Mary’s story.

“ “I am told, Lady Mary,” said the King, “that this will be your fourth betrothal. A high number for one so young. You are a dangerous woman.” “ (pg. 278) ( )
  sam_mae | Mar 6, 2011 |
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Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn and cauldron bubble. ACT IV, SCENE 1
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In the courtyard, soldiers gathered for war, but in the kitchen they were talking of witches.
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Lady Mary is a ward of Lord and Lady Macbeth whose life is forever changed when her father, Lord Cawdor, betrays the Scottish king -- and is hanged as a traitor. In an instant, Mary has lost both her father and future. Now she's trapped in a castle with a power-hungry couple who will do anything to get what they want -- and are willing to crush anyone in their way. Including Mary. As the murderous events of Shakespeare's play unfold around her, Mary must struggle to survive -- and do what she can to prevent more deaths. But can a lone girl save lives when a legion of Scottish lords cannot?
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When her father betrays the Scottish king and is hung as a traitor, Lady Mary's future is bleak after she loses her only true protector and ends up locked away in the tower by the powerful and deadly Lord and lady Macbeth.

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