Books: Poppets

A MIRROR FOR WITCHES — Esther Forbes—Houghton Mifflin ($2.50). Child of witches burned in Brittany, Bilby's Doll is haunted in Salem by the stench of their burning flesh, remembers their Black Masses, and says the Lord's Prayer backward. Thereupon the impish child is accused of withering the fruit of her foster-mother's womb, and of casting a fatal ailment upon her beloved foster-father. When God ignores her challenge that He restore this good man's life, she believes herself indeed a witch, and sets herself weirdly to learning the trade. Straws and hairs and fingernails...