Witches : The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, Hardback Book

Witches : The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem Hardback

4 out of 5 (11 ratings)


In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, young girls began to twitch, speak wild and garbled words, and contort their bodies into strange shapes.

Bewitched! cried the Puritans. This young adult book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer takes on the cast of characters of the infamous Salem witch trials of the 1600s.

It deals with what Puritans believed about witches and the supernatural, the victims (but were they really victims?) of the witches' spells and tortures, those who were hanged as wizards and witches, the court trials, and much more.

Combining a riveting story with artwork done on black and white scratchboard with tinges of bright red for a haunting look, this book provides an exciting history for kids.




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The invisible world surrounds us. It's everywhere. Things happen that are unseen. We can feel their presence but we can’t see that unknown entity that lurks in the shadows. Is it demons or witches that are causing the hot flashes or cold sweats that we occasionally feel? What about violent fits? Do you know anyone whose had any of those? If so, you can be sure that witches are nearby, casing spells upon you with a single touch.In the mid 1600's Puritans were experiencing all sorts of pain, visions, fits and bizarre contortions, to name a few. The Puritans felt the natural world had been infiltrated by the Invisible world. These fears of the witch created new laws that made witchcraft punishable by death. Three women who were accused of casting spells were placed on trial. Hordes of crowds gathered to watch and witness the occasion. Midwives and homeless beggars were the first to be tried.Schanzer takes readers on a trip back to early Salem where history set the stage for the infamous Salem Witch Trials. Bible thumpers wreaked havoc accusing everyone and anyone who was pointed out. So many were pointing a finger to save themselves from accusation. It was so out of control that the King of England sent Governor Phips, who then established a Court of Oyer and Terminer. The new trials had begun.Black, white and red scratch board illustrations will have readers flipping and examining the pages and reading all of the researched facts that created such mass hysteria and death.

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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem is a remarkable book that highlights the chronicles of time and events through the Salem Witch Trials. Right from the very beginning, the cover grabs your attention. Stark lithographic pictures done in black and white with red accents added, the images pop out at the reader, captivating and enthralling. The author did quite a bit of research it would seem and used the lithographic images as that was in fact what would have been used in this time period explored. The facts and stories themselves are straight forward, easy to read and digest before the reader moves on eagerly to the next section, the next page turning before you realize it and soon the book is one and the information absorbed. A rather small book, it nonetheless is packed with stories that are both fun and frightful, a good survey of the topic at hand. I could see having this book as a part of a library either in the classroom or in the school library and would recommend it for students in middle school or above.

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A great companion to any historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials, uses comic drawings and narrative language to explain the events as well as the worldviews, and social climate that caused them.

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this was darling. Maggie and I read together today in preparation of a project about the Salem witch trials. The black white drawings were amazing, reminiscent of woodcuts, and while the language wasn't as advanced as an adult novel, this held my interest until the end. Fantastic.

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A great title for readers not yet ready to tackle Marc Aronson's more scholarly Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials.

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