The village of Thornstowe has a witch. The villagers secretly visit her for all manner of cures and potions. Whenever anything goes wrong in the village, the witch is blamed. It is believed that she even steals children. One child was stolen six years ago, now another baby is missing. The villagers have had enough, they hunt the witch down and set fire to her house. The very same day a 12-year-old girl with no memory appears in the village. Is there a connection between this girl and the one stolen previously? Is she a princess whom the witch cast a spell upon? Is she an animal turned into human shape by the witch? Or is it something else entirely? Though of course, it must have something to do with the witch.
Stolen is an interesting fantasy mystery by veteran author Vivian Vande Velde. Girls 10 and up will most likely be drawn to this particular novel as most the characters are girls. However, it is not a girly book and boys who choose to read it will get caught up in the mystery and enjoy the book as well.