The Near Witch

(Disney*Hyperion, 2011)

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true.

The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.

As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy.

Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.

THE NEAR WITCH hardcover hit shelves August 2nd, 2011. It’s now out in paperback!

Rights have sold to Germany, Brazil, and Taiwan.

“The Ash-Born Boy”

“The Ash-Born Boy” is a free prequel novella written to celebrate the paperback release of The Near Witch. To learn more about it, click HERE.


34 thoughts on “The Near Witch

  1. sajidah says:

    This sounds sooo good. And exactly the kind of story I’d want to read in winter, beside the fireplace (and ya, with that hot cocoa). Cozy, scary, delicious. 🙂

  2. JP says:

    Is this basically what your query letter was? I’ve noticed that a lot of YA authors’ queries were word-for-word their book synopsis, just with a Dear Agent at the top.

    • veschwab says:

      JP, not exactly. I had an agent already, so didn’t need to query, but I DID have to write a pitch. That pitch, however, was different from this. This is what my editor and I came up with for my publisher’s catalog.

  3. victoria carr says:

    when is this book gonna get published

  4. Maggie says:

    Your book sounds like it’s going to be awesome. I can’t wait to read it when it comes out. 🙂

  5. I will definitely be reading this book soon!

  6. Lisa says:

    This sounds like a great read and I’ve read some really really good reviews by readers who got an ARC.
    Is there a possibility of buying an ebook in epub format? (I don’t have a Kindle or Kobo.)

    • veschwab says:

      Lisa, do you have any form of ebook, or are you looking to read on your computer? NW is available, as far as I know, as an ebook through B&N and a kindle-friendly ebook through Amazon, but there’s a program called Adobe Digital Editions that lets you read ebooks on your computer.

  7. Lisa says:

    Hi Victoria! I have an Elonex e-reader – just got it recently. It came with Adobe Digital Editions software so I’ll play around with it to see if I can find a format the e-reader will read. I’m in Australia and I’ve had problems before buying online from US bookshops. But I won’t give up just yet! 🙂

  8. Hi Victoria. I’m in Australia and I want to buy your book in epub format too, so I can read it on my ereader. (I don’t like reading on the computer) Barnes and Noble don’t sell to Australians and I can’t read kindle files on my ereader. Ask your publisher to get it into the Kobo store, then I’ll be able to get it. I’d appreciate it if you could let me know when that happens. tahlia.newland(at)

  9. sherrysoule says:

    Congrats on your new release! Wishing you every success. 🙂

    Author of the Spellbound Series

  10. thetravelingreader says:

    Anxiously waiting for a copy. That reminds me. I need to check with the bookstore soon if they have one already. Can’t wait to read this. 🙂

  11. 3 Shared Paths says:

    Hey Victoria – I met you at the Southern Festival of Books. After I heard you read the first two pages of The Near Witch, I had to buy it. I finished it a couple of nights ago. It is absolutely incredible. I’m not a fan of present tense, but just as you said, once i started reading, I completely lost that it was present tense.

    It is so incredibly well written, and a story well told. Congratulations on a magnificent book. I would love to see it turned into a movie. Good luck with it, and I hope it is an incredible success for you.


  12. Anabela says:

    Hi Victoria! Im Anabela from Portugal and i just finished your book! im so in love with it*.* is there any way i can get a signed sticker from you?^.^

    • veschwab says:

      Hey Anabela! I’m so, so happy to hear you enjoyed it! If you’ll email me your mailing info, I’ll be happy to drop a signed bookplate in the mail for you 🙂

      My email: vschwab at comcast dot net

  13. Tyler Hinkle says:

    Will there be a second book? I’m only halfway through this one 🙂

  14. em says:

    I really loved this book and you should definatly make a second book. I wish there was a movie of this book because I’m sure it would be awesome just like this book 😉

  15. Lexi says:

    What is the archived about?

  16. Lexi says:

    And please please write a new book

  17. Alex says:

    -Reading comments above- You do signed bookplates? That would be awesome! I VERY much so enjoyed The Near Witch, I loved how it was written, the old story type of way, wish I could find more books like it, 5 Stars~! Hoping your next book will be just as great.

    • veschwab says:

      Hi Alex!

      I do! If you email me at vschwab at comcast dot net, I can give you a mailing address. Send a SASE to that address, and I will send back a signed bookplate! So glad you enjoyed NW :))

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  20. joy says:

    I read it AND I LOVED IT you guys must read. It’s a really nice n such amazing book😍. Can’t regret it!

  21. Mandi says:

    I can call this book likes a lovestory, but I also can call it as a fairy tail. Loved the book, Love the writting, jusst say beautiful…

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