Janet Macreery, proud of her homeland and her heritage, travels throughout the United States and Scotland with her husband to learn more about the history and culture of both countries. She lives in Alexandria, VA. This is her debut novel.
Reviewed by Michelle Robertson for Readers' Favorite
The clan members of the MacIain-MacDonalds of Glencoe, Scotland, were forced from the comfort of their beds, homes, and lives when the Campbells of Glenlyon, Scotland, under the order of the king of England attacked them, ending in a brutal massacre. Dory MacDonald was granddaughter of the Clan Chief and potential heir, but when the massacre occurred her father and grandfather stayed behind to fight and help potential survivors. With her mother and uncle, and others who fled from the king of England's Redcoats and the Campbells, Dory is faced with many physical and emotional battles when her uncle, now Chief of the clan, orders her to cross the ocean to America to preserve the clan's heritage and namesake. Would Dory MacDonald be able to survive another chaotic situation in Salem, Massachusetts, when living with her aunt and uncle?
A Little Wicked written by Janet R. Macreery is an intriguing children's book introducing readers to the events of the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts, and the Glencoe Massacre in Scotland during the year of 1692. The author writes from the viewpoint of the female child character Dory, making the story highly relatable as well as understandable to young readers. Readers will gain a strong idea of customs, daily life, and government for those living in 1692 in England, Scotland, and The New World (in present day, the United States).