It’s not easy being green
Release Date: 5 March 408 pages | Paperback/ ebook Author: Anna McKerrow Publisher: Quercus
In a vaguely unspecified near future, good- humoured 16- year- old Danny lives with his mother in the “Greenworld”, a witch- led agrarian community stretching across Cornwall and Devon, while most of the rest of the United Kingdom is the “Redworld”, where scarcity of fuel has led to rich people living in gated communities, with an anarchic underclass occupying the streets. Armed gangs roam the land between the Greenworld villages.
Danny discovers he’s a rare male witch, and helps defend the Greenworld from a gang attack. However, what gives this YA book real appeal is its human heart: relationships with girls, what it means to be masculine, and the problems of being brown in a mostly white world are just as important to Danny as his powers. Miriam McDonald Anna McKerrow is a pagan herself. Her own favourite book about a witch is Dion Fortune’s 1938 novel The Sea Priestess.