The Betrayal of Maggie Blair
By Elizabeth Laird
Houghton Mifflin, 2011. 423 pages. Young Adult
Maggie and her granny live in a one-room cottage and live day-to-day in 1600s Scotland. Granny is accused of witchcraft after a baby she delivers dies and Maggie is also accused when she defends Granny. With the help of an old friend, Maggie escapes prison and sets off to find her uncle, whom she has never met. A devout Covenanter, Maggie’s uncle believes in the right to worship as he chooses. Maggie’s life changes drastically in her uncle’s home, but Maggie begins to wonder who she is and what she believes. I had higher expectations for this and felt let down. It wasn’t horrible, but was rather pedestrian.