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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of…

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

by Rosalyn Schanzer

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Great research, written in a relatable way that middle-grade readers will enjoy. This book focuses more on the timeline of events, and the specific accusations, than it does on why the Salem Witchtrials occurred. ( )
  AmeliaHerring | Jan 22, 2016 |
If a person were "into" this sort of thing I guess it would be informational without being as dry as typical history accounts. The subject matter is disturbing to me. The font and illustration are visually augmenting. ( )
  Glorydaze | Oct 28, 2015 |
A brief history of the girls who started the Salem witch panic. ( )
  lilibrarian | Sep 21, 2015 |
This book is striking at first glance; the black-white-and-red scratchboard illustration on the cover presents the duality of the Salem Witch Trials, which pitted people against their communities by aligning them with the Devil. This book presents the compelling stories of the victims of accused witches, the accused witches, and the hysterical town residents that propelled the Salem Witch Trials to their infamous end. At the front of the book is a collection of portraits portraying a stylized face of each of the characters of the story, giving them personalities and providing contextual clues for readers who might have trouble remembering such an expansive cast. The most stunning feature, despite the humanistic and thrilling tale of the Salem Witch Trials, are the scratchboard illustrations found throughout the book. These illustrations are dramatic depictions of the themes that run throughout the book, portraying the division between community members, the various allusions to the Devil and contracts signed with him, and the violence and sadness of accusations that took peoples’ lives. The interplay between the primary source accounts and the stylistic illustrations creates a well-balanced story that conveys emotion and fact. Recommended for purchase. Ages 10 and up. ( )
  kornelas1 | Dec 4, 2014 |
Did you know that accused witches were searched for warts "that could be used as teats to feed their evil animal familiars?" Too bad that and many of the other tell-tale signs of witches and non-witches were totally ignored during the Salem witch trials.

In reading this, I realized just how little I really knew about the events in Salem. Schanzer gives us the blow by blow of what happened in Salem in this interesting read. Many of my questions went unanswered (what was fake and what was real? What were the motivations?) because the evidence and information simply does not exist. Schanzer briefly goes over a number of theories, which gave me a sense of what might have happened. (I'm dying to know!)

And the scratchboard illustrations are FANTASTIC. ( )
  EuronerdLibrarian | Oct 17, 2014 |
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Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.

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