Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

by Rosalyn Schanzer

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Tackling the same twisted subject as Stacy Schiff's much-lauded book The Witches: Salem, 1692, this Sibert Honor book for young readers features unique scratchboard illustrations, chilling primary source material, and powerful narrative to tell the true tale.

In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began.
The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people’s lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling, novelistic detail—complete with stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of young girls having wild fits in the courtroom, witches flying overhead, and the Devil and his servants terrorizing the Puritans— in this young adult book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer.
Taught in middle and high schools around the U.S., the 17th-century saga remains hauntingly resonant as people struggle even today with the urgent need to find someone to blame for their misfortunes.  
Witches! has been honored with many prestigious awards, including:. Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Book

2012 Notable Children's Books—ALSC

NCSS—Notable Social Studies Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2012

School Library Journal Best Books of 2011

SLJ’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2011

Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2011

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426308888
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 09/13/2011
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 365,336
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
ShelbyCrum More than 1 year ago
Witches! A very well written, story about the true events of what happened in Salem back in the 17th century. A good story to read to your class during History class. I highly recommend as a book for anyone needing to learn about the trials for school or are just interested in what happened during that time. The pictures are a little childish but very well written and informative regardless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you are really intrested in the witches in the witch trials in Salem you will love this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good book to read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont usually read nonfiction, but this book looked good. As it turned out, i loved it! Read it in one day!
jenunes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Sassy_Seshat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
KristiBernard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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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You should realky read this book it very well writing if you like buy it i did
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is interesting but lacks what i look for the beginning is just about the 2 little girls saying and doing strange things and accusing several woman of witchcraft and them going through trials and getting hung if you want a fictional interesting novel on witches search warrior by marie brennan dont waste your money on thiis but it is okay i think it is stupod that they believe girls who are young and are faking most likely the salem people would believe anything that was said to them