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Book Excerpt: The Rosebush Witch
© 1996 by Vivian Owens

The Rosebush Witch

© 1996, by Vivian Owens. Eschar Publishing

Lona Davis struggles to convince her parents that a witch rides by her window every night. A visit from her story-telling grandmother complicates matters.

A multicultural story of family relationships seen through a child's fears of things that go bump in the night.

Do parents and other adults listen earnestly to their children's concerns? What is the reality of things that you see?



“You gotta understand my grandma, Cara. First, she''s an old lady. Second, she''s a story-teller—you know, she makes up stories to entertain all of us. Third, she wouldn''t want her stories to be the blame for the witch.”

“Now, I''m confused.” Cara stopped walking and stumped her toe on the pavement. “How could your grandma''s stories be the blame for a witch?”

Lona sighed. “Cause my parents think I listen to too many ghost stories and let my imagination run away with me.”

Meet a Character:


When Cara rattles off a zillion ways to get rid of witches, Lona looks boggled. “Best Friend” is written all over Cara''s heart as she tries to unravel the mystery surrounding Lona.

Talking fast, she runs through ideas and bulldozes most of her listeners, but when Cara goes out in the middle of the night, Lona''s parents don''t buy her quick-tongued explanations.

Cute and perky, Cara reminds you of a cheerleader. She will go all the extra miles to help her long-time friend.

ISBN# 0-9623839-4-5 (soft cover)
Author, Vivian Owens
Mystery & suspense, Ages 8 and up

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About Eschar Publications

Eschar Publications publishes quality books with timeless appeal. Their books inspire, motivate and entertain. They believe that children and their parents are important and they offer our books as a help source in nurturing the academic needs of all children. To develop a fondness for reading, children need to believe they could be the characters they meet in books. For this reason, they introduced literary books focused on African American culture.

About the Author:

Vivian Owens wrote the book, NADANDA THE WORDMAKER, and it won a Writer’s Digest Best Book Award. She is the author of nine books.

With a writing career that overlapped her career as an educator, Vivian Owens received numerous awards or recognitions. Her newspaper articles have appeared in over 200 newspapers across the country, and her magazine articles have appeared in such publications as Upscale Magazine, About…Time Magazine, The Virginia Science Journal, and The Gifted Press Newsletter.

Best known for her “Parenting For Education” articles and workshops, Vivian Owens is the mother of three academically gifted children. In her work, she shares strategies of teaching and learning that have worked from her own personal experiences as a parent and as a classroom teacher who has obtained high performance results. At the heart of all her work is a determination to motivate children toward higher goals. For that reason she also creates youth literature that shines new cultural light into the whole realm of Children’s Literature.
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