White Witch Pond

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
When Shaya finds a bracelet made of raven feathers, she begins to have ominous nightmares. She then learns of a strange family connection to a witch who drowned in the local pond years ago. Shaya is drawn into a mystery that looks like it must be solved before the approaching Halloween... and the thirteenth anniversary of the witch's death. More

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About Jody Kihara

Jody Kihara is an author of children's and teen fiction. She writes for several different age ranges, from chapter books to mid-grade to young adult. Her younger children's books are humorous, and her mid-grade and YA books usually have a strong element of adventure or mystery.

Jody's latest novel is SWITCHING, a YA time travel. You can also watch a video trailer for Jody's book THE FRANKINCENSE TRAIL, on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/JodyKihara

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Review by: Joanne Beale on Jan. 22, 2012 : (no rating)
A fun, spooky read!
I wasn't expecting a mid-grade book to keep me so glued to the pages... or to make me jump when the rain suddenly battered against the window next to me! But this has all the elements of a great ghost story - things that go bump in the night, an old unsolved mystery, and SERIOUSLY creepy lady that may be a witch, may be a ghost... you have to read on to find out! I liked the main character, too - smart, sharp, and independent without being sassy or full of herself the way a lot of YA characters are. I admit I had to read this all in one sitting! And what a great ending. I look forward to reading more by this author.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Book Sake on Oct. 13, 2011 :
This story started off great, and I got into the main character Shaya’s story very quickly. The writing style was easy to read and enjoyable, and for YA fiction I found it to be a different and interesting witch story with some suspense thrown in the mix. Shaya’s character is well written and she comes across as a very intelligent teenager who isn’t caught up in much of the drama that her age group is prone to. That being said, I wish there was more development of the story, once the connection is made by Shaya, the last few chapters seem to be rushed and I would have liked to have more to the story, or even a second novel in the series. Overall I would recommend it to those who enjoy the YA/Supernatural, and anyone looking for a quick read, especially around Halloween.

Reviewed by Gabi for Book Sake.
(reviewed 65 days after purchase)
Review by: Jennifer Goehl on Sep. 10, 2011 :
I was hoping with a title like White Witch Pond, there would be enough creepy factor for this 33 year old horror lover to really enjoy this story. Not that I was doubting it would be enjoyable, because Jody is an amazing writer, just that it would at least give me a few chills being as it is a YA book. I was not disappointed! Right from the first chapter, reading in the almost dark living room, the hair on my arms stood up a little. Short and easy to read this is a perfect read for a dark, stormy night.
I loved Shaya's character.I liked her confidence for being so young (I think she is around 12) and she seemed so grown up with her thoughts and actions. I felt bad for her though because it seemed like her mother did not understand her at all and was constantly putting her off and would never listen to anything she had to say. Determined to get to the bottom of the bracelet mystery and what is making her brother Dev sick, Shaya never backs down from the challenge and every step closer she gets, the more she needs to know.
With just enough creep factor to keep you from looking out the window in the dark, White Witch Pond will keep you reading until you reach the perfect ending!
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
Review by: LeeBee on Aug. 6, 2011 :
I read this two my two boys and they loved it. Although they don't usually like books with a female main character, they thoroughly enjoyed this one (and it helped that there is an older brother in the story).
Shaya Solen finds a strange bracelet made of feathers and hair (ewww! Creepy!) and it turns out that the bracelet belonged to a witch. As long as Shaya has the bracelet, she is being haunted by the witch... and she can't seem to get rid of the bracelet! She starts to unearth more clues, trying to find out what the witch wants... and I can't really tell you more without adding spoilers.
The book was so fast paced, my boys kept begging me not to stop! We got through it in a few nights. Warning though: it may be a little too scary for younger kids. My youngest (who is 9) wanted his light on those nights! It's fine for pre-teens and teens though. There's nothing earth-shattering in the way of deep themes or character development, bu then, who wants that from a ghost story?
And I loved the character of Shaya. She was just the right mix of smart, sassy, caring, brave... and dealing with all the frustrations of being 13. This reminded me of just how annoying parents and siblings can be when you're 13... as if you need that on top of being haunted by a witch!
And the ending is so perfect -- I laughed out loud.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: D.R. Mayes on April 8, 2011 :
Loved it!!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: D.R. Mayes on April 8, 2011 : (no rating)
Loved it!!
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
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