Posted by: Trisha Leigh | October 13, 2010

You Know You’re Dying to Read it Too

My good Twitter friend Victoria Schwab has had quite a week. I can’t wait to help her show off – wait for it – THE COVER OF HER DEBUT NOVEL!!!

Here’s the down & dirty of it, with a video to showcase the pretty:

“The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.
If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.
There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.”

THE NEAR WITCH, from Disney*Hyperion, is scheduled to drop August 2, 2011. Oh, but WAIT. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT ON AMAZON NOW.



  1. August 2nd is such a long way away.

  2. She’s so cool.

  3. I AM dying to read it. I may even have to read it aloud–it just feels like that kind of story.

  4. Sounds interesting, and I like her staircase. You can always tell a good author by his/her staircase.
    I will probably have to check this one out. Though it is outside my usual Puzo/Bolano/Vonnegut genre, I’ve always been fond of modern fairy-tales. Of course I enjoy supporting up and coming authors as well.

  5. […] The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab (publication date August 2, 2011): See her announcement and synopsis here. […]

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