Children's Literature in Education

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 43–52 | Cite as

Becoming a Woman Through Wicca: Witches and Wiccans in Contemporary Teen Fiction

  • Christine Jarvis
Original Paper


The article examines Cate Tiernan’s ‘Wicca’ series. This series and the ‘Circle of Three’ books by Isobel Bird explore the experiences of teenage girls who embrace the pagan religion, Wicca. The texts reflect the growing interest in spirituality expressed by many young people and extend the literary representation of witchcraft. Tiernan produces stories of spiritual growth entwined with fantasy and romance. The series operates within a moral and religious framework that allows girls to feel positive about their bodies and their sexuality and acknowledges the complex moral decisions many young people face.


Cate Tiernan Wicca Witches Girls’ spirituality Teen fiction 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Education and Professional DevelopmentUniversity of HuddersfieldHuddersfieldUK

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