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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?-Goodreads summary
For some reason I have always found the Salem Witch Trials to be one of the most fascinating moments in US history. I’m an avid The Crucible fan, so when I saw this book I knew that I absolutely had to read it! This book is extremely similar to The Crucible in that it tries to offer a solution to the Salem Witch Trials. I absolutely love historical eerie mysteries that society can’t offer any sort of reasonable explanations (Roanoke Island, crazy insane asylums that nowadays wouldn’t pass health codes, haunted battle grounds, etc.) Anyway, I completely loved how Stephanie Hemphill offered a theory for the Salem Witch Trials. It really encourages people to think.
I’m so happy that she did extensive research before going into writing this book. In her “Author’s Note” she commented how ridiculously hard it was to find information that coincided with other sources because the whole Salem Witch Trials is a complete mystery. Therefore, she wrote about the solid facts and allowed her creativity to be the fillers for what is not known at all.
I loved how she focused on three girls who were pivotal components to the trials. It was great that we saw three different perspectives on what was happening before, during, and after the trials. I especially love how we can see into their thoughts. With The Crucible, it is just straight forward dialogue that follows more of those accused, and we don’t really see much into the plannings and actions taken by the “accuser girls.” Therefore, it was interesting seeing how the girls individually reacted to the situations.
At the end of the book, Stephanie included mini bios on all of the “accuser girls” and those that they accused. So, once the story ends, you get to find out the endings of all the characters—ranging from marriages, recanting their accusations, having “bastard” children (funny coincidence, because one of the first women the girls accused had a child out of wedlock so they claimed this woman was obviously a witch…ironic, huh?!). I studied this in high school, so it was a nice refresher to read about what happened to these characters again!
It is a delightful quick read, as it is told in verse. It offers such a unique perspective and will have you captivated from the beginning!
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