A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen, Hardcover, 9780061853289, 408pp.
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
From Printz Honor winner and Your Own, Sylvia author Stephanie Hemphill comes this fictionalized account of the Salem Witch trials from three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692.
Ann Putnam Jr. is the queen bee. When her father suggests a spate of illnesses in the village is the result of witchcraft, she puts in motion a chain of events that will change Salem forever.
Mercy Lewis is the beautiful servant in Ann's house who inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With her troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety.
Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing a life with her betrothed.
With new accusations mounting against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth?
“The expressive writing, masterful tension, and parallels to modern group dynamics create a powerful and relevant page-turner. ”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“An excellent supplementary choice for curricular studies of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, this will also find readers outside the classroom, who will savor the accessible, unsettling, piercing lines that connect past and present with timeless conflict and truths.”
-Booklist (starred review)
“In subtle, spare first-person free-verse poems, the author skillfully demonstrates how ordinary people may come to commit monstrous acts. Haunting and still frighteningly relevant.”
-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The verse format is fresh and engaging, distilling the actions of the seven accusing girls into riveting narrative.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“An atmospheric tale.”
-Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books