Bad Press for Wiccans, Again
I read this book for a laugh when I found it at the library during my first few months of my studies in Wicca, and now have come across it again online. Unfortunately, I remember walking away enraged that anyone would write this, even though I knew that this was a series for young Christian girls.
Frankly, this is a thinly guised hate speech against other religions. Of course being a set of books to teach youth that Christianity is the only way, the Wiccan character, Katie, is manipulative, indirect and just generally unethical. There is not an army of Wiccans out there to convert good, decent Christian folk by convincing them to go to rituals that they are not being candid about, nor does Wicca teach it's followers to cast spells willy-nilly at anyone. Heck, you can be Wiccan and not even do spells!
Wicca is not the new aged hysteria that the book wants you think it is. Wicca is simply a religion based on the natural flow of the seasons. It's about getting in touch with the natural world around you, understanding yourself and using those lessons to become a better person. I have yet to understand how a religion that teaches peace and connectedness is evil. In an increasingly diverse world with different beliefs, books like this do youth an extreme disservice by teaching them the ways of narrow-mindedness.