- By Jane Yolen

The Pictish Child

  • Title: The Pictish Child
  • Author: Jane Yolen
  • ISBN: 9780152163594
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Pictish Child Welcome to Scotland where magic runs through the land like the stripes in the colorful Scottish tartans Everyone and everything here it seems has some wizardry old folks at rest homes dusty old ca

    Welcome to Scotland, where magic runs through the land like the stripes in the colorful Scottish tartans Everyone and everything here, it seems, has some wizardry old folks at rest homes, dusty old card games, even cowardly dogs The only ones without magic are American twins Jennifer and Peter, and they re the ones who need it most.

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    1. When Jennifer, her twin brother Peter, and their family go to Scotland to visit their grandparents they know they’re in for sightseeing and adventure, but magic? They never would have guessed at that. Magic, it seems, is wrapped up in the very fabric of the Scottish town they visit, and Jennifer has a way of bringing it out. In each book Jennifer and Peter encounter a different type of magic: an evil wizard who’s been bound within a map, an ancient child wrapped up in the history of an ancie [...]

    2. Jennifer, her twin brother Peter, and younger sister Molly are visiting their grandparents in Scotland. They have found that Scotland is very unlike their home in America in more ways than one- especially when it comes to magic. When this story opens, Gran takes the children to visit her friends in a rest home ona rainty, dreary day. One of Gran's friend gives Molly a talisman that is unlike anything that the children have ever seen. Then strange things start to happen- a dark mist that seems to [...]

    3. This is the second book in the Tartan Magic series. 13 year old twins and their 4 year old sister are visiting their grandparents in Scotland where they've discovered they have magical roots. Together with their grandmother, a talking dog and a talking horse, they must learn who this strange girl is who has come from the past. The character and plot development is minimal, but it's enjoyable nevertheless. Younger readers will get a taste of fantasy reading while also learning a little about Celt [...]

    4. Just days after their run-in with Wizard Michael Scott, Gran takes the Dyer children to the Eventide Home to visit her friends. The three women are fellow “cummers” or white witches. Jennifer senses magic in the air as she feels icy fear “like a cold hand on her back.” At the end of the visit, Mrs. MacGregor gives Molly a talisman found in the graveyard. Maggie MacAlpin tries in vain to get the painted stone from Molly, but Maggie mysteriously falls asleep as she reaches for it. On the w [...]

    5. The Pictish Child is book two in Yolen's Tartan Magic series and continues the adventures of the twins Jennifer and Peter and their little sister Molly on their vacation at Gran and Da's house in Scotland. Like the first book in the series it is a slim little novel with a fast pace and a suspenseful storyline. I was pleased to see that the dog and the horse from The Wizard's Map are in this book as well. The horse receives a new name ("Devil" being entirely unsuitable for someone working for the [...]

    6. I picked this up on one of my random jaunts through the library stacks. I don't know a lot about Picts, but I've always been intrigued by their culture. I didn't know this was #2 in a trilogy, otherwise I probably wouldn't have picked this up. The Pict child (she's not Pictish -- she's a Pict!) comes out of a magical mist that has been called from the depths of time using a magical stone. The reader never gets to hear what she has to say, except via a magical talking horse who is somehow in our [...]

    7. I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first in the series. As with the first, The Wizard's Map, this is a quick read. I think I would have preferred a lot more depth to this story, though. I could never really see the Pict girl as a real character. And I was a bit disappointed with the villain. I still want to read the third in this series, The Bagpiper's Ghost, though.

    8. This is #2 of a trilogy of middle grade novels about 13-year-old twins and their 4-year-old sister visiting Scotland. Gran, who has magic, introduces them to friends, who are also witches, and there's a smart-alec talking dog and a talking horse, an evil, misty "dark," a power-hungry villain and magic that manifests itself in interesting ways. Some good Scottish history. A glossary to explain the Scottish words sprinkled throughout. A short, quick read.

    9. This wasn't as good as the first book "The Wizard's Map." It had less action than the first, but still had some action. It was still pretty good, too! My favorite scene was when the dark mist came around and chased Jennifer, Peter, Molly, Gran, and Ninia (the Pictish Child) out of the cemetery. I thought that when Peter drove the car, it was funny! He kept swerving and swinging because it was an older car, and he didn't have his driver's license yet!

    10. Well written. Past and present interchange. I'm somewhat uncomfortable with the sweet little old witches in a modern world context that might encourage messing around with 'white magic.'

    11. Better than the first one. American magic apparently means you can shoot lightning at people with a power cord. How cool is that?

    12. A young traveler in time visits Jennifer and Peter, escaping imminent death in her own time, but opening the door to danger for Jennifer and Peter and their little sister Molly.

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