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Seven Steps to Heaven

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This picture is of the "Steps to Heaven" in New Zealand, that consists of seven stones that are engraved with a three letter word, progressing from SEA to SKY, with one letter only changing with each step. The full word ladder is made up of: SEA, SEE, SET, SAT, SAD, SAY, SKY. "The word ladder could exist without the words SEE and SAD, but seeing and sadness are important parts of any journey."

This picture is realted to my book The Shattering because it was known as one of the big tourist attractions for people coming to visit Summerton. "My parents say the Steps to Heavon were a little bit like the Apostles."(Healey 29)

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Wicca and Witchcraft

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This website article talks about Witchcraft and Wicca in New Zealand, and talks a bit about the history of both of them. Also the article talks about rites and rituals that are preformed by these Wiccans or Witches. It also talks about witchcraft can be a spiritual path for some people, and it begins to  talk about the use of magic in witchcraft and the different spells that there are and what their purpose serves. Also it brings up that there are "magical tools that are used in the rites to facilitate a mood, attitude or atmosphere, helping to achieve the physic state necessary for the consecration of a circle or the working of magic."
This website article is related to my book The Shattering because witchcraft is practiced in the book and a few of the main characters have ties to it as well. In the book at one point they are in the middle of some kind of ritual and it talks about the atmosphere of the circle that they are preforming it in." and Takeshi stalked silently around the circle, hands opening and closing into fists, fury clear on his candlelit face"(Healey 277) this quote kind of showed a bit of what the atmosphere of the circle was like when the ritual was being preformed. Also this article is related to my book because it talks about the practice of Wicca and Witchcraft in New Zealand. "so i was shocked when Sandra-Claire first told us she was a Wiccan witch, because she was a terrible person.(Healey 85)

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HowStuffWorks "How Witchcraft Works"

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Witchcraft and belief in magic have been around since the beginning of time. Learn the history of witchcraft, modern witchcraft, Wicca and Wiccan rituals.
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This website has a article that contains a series of paragraphs about witchcraft, in these different paragraphs many different facts are presented about the practice of witchcraft. Some of the things discussed in one of the paragraphs is about how to prepare for, preform and end a ritual. Also it talks about the fact that witchcraft has changed a little bit over time and talks about how witchcraft works now in modern society. Plus a fact that is talked about in the article is that there is two different types of witches a person can choose to be, one being a Wiccan and the other a Hedgewitch. Also a topic that is brought up in this article is witch hunting, the Salem Witch Trials is an example of this.
This website article is related to my book The Shattering because witchcraft is practiced in the book, and was once practiced by one of the main characters Janna. Also it was practiced by a girlfriend of one of the victims of the suicide/"murders", a girl named Sandra-Claire and she admitted to being a Wiccan. "So i was shocked when Sandra-Claire first told us she was a Wiccan witch, because she was a horrible person."(Healey 82) Also in this article is discusses the rituals that are performed and how they are conducted and ended, at one point it brought up how rituals involve a circle. In one part of the book the main characters are all apart of this circle where they all see the victims that were "Summer Kings", "Aroha was crying and screaming at the same time, yelling a string of curses before she lost the ability to make words, and just went for short, loud shrieks. Janna was pleading with Mrs. Rackard, trying to get here to interfere, but she had hunched her shoulders and turned away. And Takeshi stalked silently around the circle, hands opening and closing into fists, fury clear on his candlelit face."(Healey 277)

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Map of New Zealand

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The Shattering

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Seventeen-year-old Keri likes to plan for every possibility. She knows what to do if you break an arm, or get caught in an earthquake or ...
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The Shattering takes place in the west coast of New Zeland in a perfect tourist town called Summerton, Where a bunch of suicides disturbs the town. The younger siblings of the dead boys (Keri, Janna, and Sione) start to become suspicious about their older brothers suicides and begin to investigate. They come up with a theory that their brothers were murdered and they weren't the only victims, as they begin to search for this unknown serial killer suspicion is cast on the people the three trust the most. So as secrets reveal themselves they work to try and save the next victim and try to avoid becoming victims themselves. Then as secrets are revealed they discover new possibilities they begin to find several links in the "suicides" to witchcraft, and one of the main characters Janna has a theory that the victims may all be apart of some kind of ritual which takes place on New Years Eve.
The theme of the book shattering is mostly around the murder/"suicides" that have been occurring in the town of Summerton New Zealand, and this novel explores the effects that these murder/"suicides" has on the families of the victims and is told by way of magical conspiracy tale. As the story progresses more and more details start to emerge about the magical aspect involved in the book, you begin to learn that some of the main characters have been involved with this magic. Then the theory starts to emerge that the murder/"suicides" are liked to the magic of witchcraft which opens up danger to the main characters as they try to solve the mystery of what has happened to their loved ones. Also there are some hidden romances throughout the story involving the three main characters Sione, Janna, and Kerri and a shocking twist that puts suspicion on the ones they trust the most.
The book The Shattering i thought was an okay book to read and was kind of suspenseful, The story is told in the viewpoint of the three main characters Sione, Janna(3rd person), and Kerri(1st person). I liked how the book kept the reader on the edge, but i didn't like that the book wasn't all that exciting. It was okay in the beginning but by the time i got about half way through the book i had to push myself to continue reading. I just didn't really like how everything in the book seemed pretty normal then out of nowhere witchcraft was introduced and became mostly what the rest of the book was about. I just found the layout of this book to be kind of confusing and i would find myself lost in different parts of the story sometimes. Also the the mood of this book was pretty dark and depressing and i didn't really like that, there weren't that many happy or positive things that happened in the book which also made the book a little more difficult and unappealing for me to read. But i would reccomend others to maybe give it a chance, personally the book just wasn't for me but I'm sure other people may enjoy to read this suspenseful novel.

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Australia Holiday Favourite for Chinese

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This article talks about tourism in New Zealand and how now many Chinese like to visit there for the holidays. Also how New Zealand is the number one tourist attraction in Australia, "Remarkably, China has now become our second-largest source market within a period of less than 15 years," said Felicia Mariani, the managing director of the Australian Tourism Export Council. Also how Asian tourists made up nearly half of Australia's visitors. Tourism Minister Martin Ferguson says despite challenging global economic conditions, Australia continued to have steady growth in the number of holidaymakers.

This article is related to my book The Shattering because the book takes place in New Zealand in a little tourist town called Summerton. This town is known for being a perfect little town that draws in many tourists. " As far as I could tell, they were. Summerton is a tourist town. People got worried a while ago when an earthquake destroyed the famous limestone Steps to Heaven, which stood just off the coast, but the tourist keep coming every summer, and the money keep rolling in. In fact, there are more tourist now than ever before." (Healey 8) This quote shows how no matter what Summerton is always doing good at getting tourists to keep coming back even though they lost one of their main attractions. Also it says "A lot of people come to Summerton for New Year's." (Healey 27) "My name is Takeshi Hoshino." "Yes. I am an exchange student from Japan."(Healey 40) This quote shows that there is diversity among the victims, and Takeshi they believe is next.

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New Zealand

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This article discusses a lot about the culture of New Zealand such as things like holidays they celebrate, geographical aspects of New Zealand such as climate. Also it talks about that many species that inhabit New Zealand. The history is also discussed and things like migration and how the government controls it. Tourism is also brought up in this article along with recreational activities and how it brings in many people because of New Zealand beauty and the many activities. It also talks about the many ethnic groups of people who live there and the languages that are spoke there. These consist of English, New Zealand sign language and Maori, a language of the Polynesian group. It also talks about many other things about New Zealand, just about any topic that you could think of relating to there.
This article is related to my book The Shattering because it is brought up in the book many times that the murder/"suicides" all took place on New Years Eve which is celebrated in New Zealand as well. "However, all the victims overlap over one time period--New Years Eve--and at least a couple days before." (Healey 34) This quote shows that there is some significance of New Years Eve to the murder/"suicides", which one of the main characters Janna believes is apart of some kind of ritual involving witchcraft. Also in my book one of the main characters Kerri talks about one of the native languages spoke in New Zealand, Maori. "I liked the stories a lot better than the formal speeches, which were mostly in Maori. I'm all for valuing our cultural heritage and that, and I'd taken Maori for two years to make Nanny Hinekura happy, but it turned out i was just no good at languages."(Healey 5)

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Witchcraft

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This article talks about witchcraft and its many different aspects, some being symbolically, ideologically, and its functions. Also it talks about gender in relation to witchcraft and depending on the societies certain genders seem to be accused of witchcraft. In addition the article also talks about the modernity and scholarly work indicates that witchcraft is as relevant today as it was in the past. Another thing the article states is that "Witchcraft addresses issues of  globalization and transformations within the state, and continues to  explain events and the mechanics of their integration into daily life.  It is also important to remember that the constructions of witchcraft can be powerful realities, and have the ability to maintain or transform social relationships." This quote means that witchcraft can keep relationships stable and even change them to however the person wants them to be. Such as keeping a perfect town the same, where no one moves in or out.
This article is related to my book the Shattering because throughout the book you discover more and more people that have been involved in witchcraft. One of these people being one of the main characters Janna, who's older brother was murdered or so they believe. Also another character you learn that was involved in witchcraft was a girl named Sandra-Claire who was Kerri's older brothers Jake's girlfriend before he was murdered. As you get further into the book the main characters Janna, Kerri, and Sione start to investigate the possibility that the victims were killed with magic, possibly as part of some type of ritual that they think takes place on New Years Eve. In the book Keri makes a statement about how things that people believe to be true about magic actually aren't, "When you think about it, believing in magic and tossing sage and rosemary and whatever around to cleanse the air of evil influences wasn't any stranger than all those other things that weren't true." (Healey 86) So this quote shows that many people have inaccurate ideas about what witchcraft is really like. Also one of the main characters Janna have a theory that there is a spell to keep the town perfect, "A spell to keep a whole town perfect---that would be some serious magic, with a lot of skill and power behind it." (Healey 105)

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Wonderland

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She’s back. Jude’s childhood friend — sexy, daring Stella— returns to their stifling hometown, and life will never be the same again.Sixt...
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I would read this book Wonderland because it seems like it has a pretty interesting plot, and appears like it would be a quick and exciting read. This story about a girl Jude, whos mother just committed suicide. Jude is your everyday girl next door who wants to become the person shes always wanted to be. Which is exactly who her old childhood friend Stella is when she returns back to Churchtown. So her friend Stella decides to help her and she isnt so lonely anymore, but as things start to happen everything starts to fall apart for Jude and she must decide if it is all worth it.

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Salem Witch Trial Documentary

a very good documentary. i don't own the rights to this film. This is for fair use.
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This video talks about The Salem Witch Trials which were hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts, between February 1692 and May 1693. It talks about about specific cases and trials of people accused of being involved in witchcraft and causing chaos within the state of Massachusetts. This documentary discusses the effects that witchcraft had on the state and the people living within it, many people began to scream out in agony claiming that they felt like they were being bitten and pinched by something. These episodes would happen to many girls all at the same time and they would be screaming and kicking around and would sometimes say that they saw a tall dark man that was whisper to them to do certain things and serve him.

This video is related to my book the shattering because they both share the concept of witchcraft, in The Shattering a  few characters are actually involved in witchcraft. One of those people is one of the main characters Janna, and she stated how she used to practice witchcraft and that she actually made a "spell to open her eyes to love". "I tried a few spells on my own before i stopped. "Like a love spell."(Healey 52) Also another person that turns out to be involved in witchcraft in the book The Shattering was a girl named Sandra-Claire. Sandra-Claire was the girlfriend of Kerri's older brother Jake, who was one of the victims of the murder/"suicides". "So i was shocked when Sandra-Claire first told us she was a Wiccan witch, because she was a horrible person." Also there is a point in the book when there is some kind of ritual going on "Something very wrong was happening in the circle. The chanting stopped. And the dead boys began to appear."

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