Escape to Witch Mountain by Alexander Key

Published: 1968

Genre: middle grade science fiction (just a touch of science fiction)

Length: 180 pages

Setting: the East Coast of the U.S., 1960s

Interest: It was recommended as a good read aloud.

Summary: Tony and Tia have always been a bit different, which wasn’t a problem when they lived with Granny. Now that Granny died, they’ve been sent to a juvenile home. Sadly, they can’t remember where they came from, but pieces of Tia’s phenomenal memory start coming back when Mr. Deranian come to claim them. They know they shouldn’t go with him and run to Father O’Day for help following rumors of family living in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Unfortunately, Mr. Deranian represents influential people who don’t want to the lose the assets Tia and Tony represent. Turns out, they are aliens who crashed in Europe and the rest of their family was killed trying to get to Witch Mountain and other members of their race. Tony and Tia try to take a bus to Witch Mountain, but Father O’Day has to help them escape Mr. Deranian’s clutches to be reunited at last with others of their race.

Final thoughts: This was a fairly exciting story. The kids were trying to escape the bad guys using their wits and extraterrestrial skills. They are caught and escape several time, getting closer and closer to their goal and remembering more and more of their past. I was a little disappointed with the end, though, because it was so abrupt. I wanted to see where the kids would end up and not just have them disappear off the edge of the mountain in a spaceship. It still makes a great read-aloud with chapters that were just the right length for a night’s reading.

Title comes from: Witch Mountain was the name the locals gave to the settlement of Tia and Tony’s people. Tia and Tony had to escape Mr. Deranian to get there.

Reading challenges fulfilled: 87/100 in my Finally to 100 Challenge, and a K in my Author Alphabet Challenge

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