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Time of the Witches (2009)

by Anna Myers

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Born at the same time. Never being separated then finally when your 15 years old you both get separate. You get put into a home with psychos and your friend gets put with the sweetest people ever. That's what happens to Drucilla (dru) and Gabe. Drucilla and Gabe were born at literally the same exact time and Drus mom died giving birth to her so Gabe's mom died later on. They were orphans and got put from house to house but they were never separated until now. Mistress Putnam is having people executed for being so called 'witches'. Gabe was put up to be hung but then Dru came up with a great plan to save her best friend who had been mad at her for falling for Mistress Putnam's trick. Time of the Witches was a better book than I thought it would be. It was a book that I didn't want to put down. It was a very easy read and very enjoyable. It was all good except I would've made the book longer.
  br14aido | Nov 6, 2013 |
Myers’ novel about the Salem Witch Trials brings a time of mass hysteria to life. Drucilla and Gabe, born on the same day, are raised together when Drucilla’s mother dies in childbirth. They share a special bond, and after Gabe’s parents succumb to smallpox, various villagers bring them up as siblings. When they are twelve, their foster family relocates and the two young people must take positions as servants. Widow Mary Putnam offers Gabe a home. Drucilla is thrilled when the Widow’s stepson Thomas offers her a position, but soon realizes that a feud between the two households will keep her and Gabe apart. Thomas’s wife Ann is outwardly beautiful and charming, and Drucilla thinks that rumors of the woman’s maliciousness are unfounded. But the longer Drucilla is in the household, the more Ann’s disturbed personality emerges. Drucilla has been brought in primarily as a companion to Thomas’s and Ann’s daughter, also named Ann, three years Drucilla’s junior. The younger Ann resists Drucilla’s overtures of friendship and shows her own signs of devious behavior. Things come to a head when Ann Senior starts a rumor that forces Reverend Burroughs out of the village. When Reverend Parris and his family move into the parsonage, Drucilla’s mistress is a staunch supporter of the new minister, so young Ann and her friends are regular visitors at the parsonage. They encourage the Reverend’s slave, Tituba, to entertain them with stories of witchcraft and to tell their fortunes. Fearing punishment if the adults discover this ungodly pastime, the girls pretend Tituba has bewitched them. As accusations of witchcraft spread through the village, Drucilla is aghast at how many believe the girls, but she sees how susceptible she herself is to the power of suggestion when she imagines herself being attacked by one of the accused during a trial. Gabe, not realizing that Ann Putnam has threatened Drucilla if she changes her story, sees his friend’s testimony against his neighbor as evidence that she sides with the unscrupulous family. As with Ann Rinaldi’s A Break With Charity: A Story About the Salem Witch Trials (1992), Myers draws heavily from the actual participants in the events. The fictional Drucilla is an engaging protagonist, and her fear of being falsely accused if she speaks out is believable. An afterword listing the more than twenty accused men and women who were hanged on Gallows Hill in 1692 or died by other means rounds out this solid piece of historical fiction. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
Drucilla is an orphan who has been moved about from house to house and longs for a home and a family to love her. When the Putnam's take her and Ann Putnam takes a fancy to her, Drucilla starts to call her mother and finds ways to rationalise Ann's sometimes strange behaviour. Ann becomes convinced that the death of her 6 babies was caused by witchcraft and after some of the girls spend time with the minister's servant, Tituba, things start to get out of hand.
Although Drucilla and her friend, Gabe, are fictional the rest of the characters in this book are real people and the events of this book actually happened. This novelisation of the story gives a plausible explanation of the cause of these events. ( )
  RefPenny | Aug 11, 2011 |
On a cold January night two mothers went into labor. Two babies, a boy and a girl, were born at exactly the same time, but one mother didn’t survive. One was left to raise both children.Gabe and Drucilla have been together since the cold night of their birth and even though Gabe’s mother has loved Drucilla like her own, she still has a longing for a family of her own. For fifteen years Gabe and Dru were connected – bound in friendship and heart, but life doesn’t always work out the way it is meant to.When Gabe’s mother dies, the two teens are forced to find somewhere else to live as servants and for the first time in their lives they won’t be together. The farms they are to work at are side by side, but the families are at odds. Dru goes to live with Thomas Putnam, Jr. while Gabe is to live with Mary Putnam, Thomas’ stepmother. Both farms are in Salem Village.In an attempt to make a home for herself with the Putnams, Dru finds herself in a situation that puts many members of the village in danger. Accusations of witchcraft fly as Dru and other girls begin to point their fingers at members of the community – many times at the encouragement of Thomas Putnam’s wife – the woman Dru tried to treat like the mother she never had.Anna Myers has written a watered down version of The Crucible. While the story was entertaining, it would have been much better had it been from the point of view of someone being accused rather than one of the girls making the accusations. I found Dru to be weak and became angry and irritated with her several times throughout the book. Readers will feel more for Gabe even though he isn’t the main character. ( )
  kperry | Dec 31, 2009 |
This is a fantastic teen novel based upon the Salem Witch Trials and the events which lead to them. It explores complex issues of human relations and emotional needs. ( )
  lexport | Nov 24, 2009 |
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An orphan named Drucilla has finally has a place to call home with the Putnam family in Salem.  Although her adopted mother is strange—haunted by a troubled past—Dru feels drawn to her as the mother she never had. When a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange turn as young girls begin to fall ill and accusations of witchcraft begin to swirl. Reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams or her peers and overwhelmed by the power of groupthink among the other girls in town, Dru becomes one of the accusers herself. But when her best friend Gabe is accused, she must find a way to end the hysteria, or risk losing him forever.

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Orphaned Drucilla finds a home with the beautiful but troubled Mistress Putnam as accusations of witchcraft start to swirl in Salem Village.

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