Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Hearn, Julie.
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2005.
ISBN 0689876904
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Young Nell is being trained as a healer.  Her grandmother is getting old and even though Nell is not yet of an age that she should be birthing babies and healing villagers, there really is no choice.  The grandmother's mind is going and she is forgetting many of the remedies she used to know.  But this is England in 1645 and people believe in fairies and pixies and witches.  When the minister's daughter has an affair with the blacksmith's son and finds herself rejected by him when she tells him they are expecting a baby, Nell's help is needed.  But Nell refuses to end the pregnancy because the baby will be a merrybegot.  The minister's daughter must find a way to explain what is happening to her without admitting her indiscretion.  What better way than to accuse Nell of witchcraft?
SUBJECTS:     Witchcraft -- Fiction.
                        Trials (Witchcraft) -- Fiction.
                        Fairies -- Fiction.
                        Pregnancy -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.
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