Thursday, August 18, 2011

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer

Published by National Geographic Children's Books
Published on September 13, 2011
Source: from publisher at BEA

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, by Rosalyn Schanzer, is an historical account of the infamous witch trials during the 16th and 17th centuries. The book manages to be exciting while being informing as well. It traces its origins to a mysterious illness that was afflicting the population of the colonies. The author leans toward the theory that two girls took advantage of the strange sickness and used it to get their revenge upon enemies of their family, unwittingly discrediting or murdering dozens. Setting the scene perfectly, the book begins with a passage explaining the Puritans' ideals, strict social mores, and fears of the "spirit world."

Overall, this 144 page book explains the Salem Witch Trials, in its entirety, in an interesting and thoughtful way. I would recommend it to readers aged 10 to 14.

~Cassidy, Grade 10

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