Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth

Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth

by Caroline B. Cooney

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Overview

A fresh perspective on MACBETH from one of today's foremost YA writers. Three girls witness the action of Shakespeare's play firsthand — and their lives are forever changed because of it.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439711579
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 86,162
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

CAROLINE B. COONEY has written more than 75 novels for young adults. Her books have sold more than fifteen million copies and have been printed in many languages. She lived in Connecticut for many years, but has recently moved to South Carolina. Please visit her online at www.carolinebcooneybooks.com.

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Enter Three Witches: A Story of Macbeth 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent! Fast-paced, compelling characters and exciting. Strong enough to stand alone, and is a fascinating read.
marsap on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
wordnerd213 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enter Three Witches is a fun retelling of Shakespeare's Macbeth from the perspective of a kitchen girl in Macbeth's castle. All the characters from the play make appearances, and readers get a new angle on the famous play. Macbeth is one of my favorite Shakespearean plays, and Enter Three Witches just helped remind me how much I enjoy it. Definitely worth reading.
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love Macbeth this book is a must read. We follow the terrible tale that is unravelled through the eyes of a young lady who is staying with the Macbeth's at Inverness. They travel all the way to Dunsinane when Birnam Wood moves.
joririchardson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the beginning, I didn't like this book very much. The author switches back and forth between about five or six different characters, when I wished that she would just stay with the main narrator, Lady Mary.However, as the book progressed I began to enjoy it more and get caught up in the story."Macbeth" is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, so I was afraid that the author would do a bad job in comparison. However, I was surprised to find her adaption of the famous story exciting. Toward the end, as it came to the climax, I could not put the book down.The author's previously annoying habit of using too many characters now served to deepen and broaden the story. Cooney included details that were not a part of the actual Shakespeare play, creating a version of her own.This is an excellent "Shakespeare re-telling" that I recommend to anyone.An excellent book!Also read "Ophelia" by Lisa Klein.
alice443 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a retelling of McBeth through the eyes of a young lady at court, who is almost immediately made an orphan and ward of the court by the hanging of her father, Lord Cawdor for treason. Thus the story is told by someone completely, or virtually at the mercy of the MacBeth because of this the tale of their dissolution is even more terrifying. Although I have read and seen MacBeth, several times and enjoyed it reading this book made me realize I should go back and read it again.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing! I never wanted it to end. One of Caroline B. Cooneys best. A unique retelling of the Shakespeare's Macbeth. It captures romance, adventure, and betrayal.
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Emmy1723 More than 1 year ago
Enter Three Withches is a very good book.It is thrilling and makes you nerves to what comes next in the story.i would love to read this book agin.I think girls and boys would like this book, and if you like Scottland this is the book for you this books setting is set in Scottland.To me this book is very interesting maybe you will feel the same way I feel about the book.

Emmy1723.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Caroline B. Cooney takes Shakespeare's MACBETH to new heights with ENTER THREE WITCHES.

Lady Mary is set for life. She has a bright future complete with a betrothal to a handsome boy, a castle of her own, and more than she could ever want. When her father is hanged for treachery, that bright future is ripped from her fingers. Instead, she becomes a maid in the household of Lord and Lady Macbeth, a dangerously powerful couple who will do anything to get their way.

As people drop dead and the events from MACBETH unfold around Mary, she finds that life is harder than she once believed.

This novel is enchanting, but difficult to follow at times. It bounces from character to character within the chapter, allowing you to see all that is happening at once. Ms. Cooney ties the novel in with Shakespeare's MACBETH using both events and quotes taken directly from the play. This is definitely recommended for the history buff or Shakespeare fan.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It can be difficult to get high school students excited about Shakespeare, or, for that matter, history. Murder most foul, however, is fascinating. In her own inimitable style, Caroline Cooney (of The Face on the Milk Carton fame) does a remarkable job of filling in ¿the rest of the story.¿ Lady Mary of Cawdor is ensconced at Inverness castle in the care of Lord and Lady Macbeth. She is surrounded by characters such as Swin (the butcheress), Ildred (a lady of lesser note and appreciation), and Father Ninian (priest for the Macbeths). This story chronicles what happens as the people surrounding Lord and Lady Macbeth begin to realize the complicity of the Macbeths in the murder of King Duncan of Scotland. Lady Mary¿s father is hung for treachery, and her own safety is in question. When Macbeth ascends the throne, Lady Mary continues in a state of limbo. This is a story of survival, loyalty, and the end of innocence. It introduces characters that are interesting and whose humanity makes readers pull for them. The book is broken into chapters and subsections that each reference a part of Shakespeare¿s play, and the story is followed by an Author¿s Note that explains a little of Shakespeare as well as some of the Scottish history that was a part of the making of this story. It is a fabulous resource for teachers who are teaching Shakespeare, Creative Writing (providing an excellent exercise in filling in the blanks left by stories written by great authors), as well as History and Sociology. It is a wonderful opportunity to discuss feudal societies and the role of women throughout history.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Caroline B. Cooney takes Shakespeare¿s MACBETH to new heights with ENTER THREE WITCHES. Lady Mary is set for life. She has a bright future complete with a betrothal to a handsome boy, a castle of her own, and more than she could ever want. When her father is hanged for treachery, that bright future is ripped from her fingers. Instead, she becomes a maid in the household of Lord and Lady Macbeth, a dangerously powerful couple who will do anything to get their way. As people drop dead and the events from MACBETH unfold around Mary, she finds that life is harder than she once believed. This novel is enchanting, but difficult to follow at times. It bounces from character to character within the chapter, allowing you to see all that is happening at once. Ms. Cooney ties the novel in with Shakespeare¿s MACBETH using both events and quotes taken directly from the play. This is definitely recommended for the history buff or Shakespeare fan. **Reviewed by: Jessica Cave