Witches! The absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem

Rosalyn Schanzer

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Published
Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society c2011.
Language
English
Physical Description
144 p. : ill
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781426308697
1426308698
9781426308703
1426308701
Main Author
Rosalyn Schanzer (-)
  • Wherein the stage is set
  • A dire diagnosis
  • Let the grilling begin
  • Witch hunt!
  • A torrent of evil
  • The king of hell
  • Oyer and terminer
  • The end is near
  • The end is here
  • What happened next.
Review by Booklist Reviews

The Salem witch trials is a topic amply covered in fiction and nonfiction, but Schanzer's take stands apart, thanks to her effective artwork. One of the main problems with telling the story is that there are so many people involved, from the accusers and the accused to the clergy and kith and kin. Simply reading the narrative, fresh as it is, might still confuse readers. So Schanzer provides black-and-white scratch-board illustrations, accented and heightened with a devilish red, beginning with small individual portraits of the cast. Throughout, it's the eye-catching art and the handsome design that will keep readers turning the pages. Not that the story itself isn't fascinating. Between the terror and torture, to say nothing of witches flying about on brooms and biting people, there's plenty to hold kids' attentions. But in spots where the narrative sags under the weight of its twists and turns, the imaginative pictures still make it sail. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7–9—Schanzer succinctly re-creates the hysteria, confusion, and tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials in this compact and evocative overview. In a conversational tone, she poignantly describes the religious fervor of the Puritans and the ease with which neighbors and family members accused one another (and even domestic animals) of witchcraft. From the "testimony" of witnesses, to the courtroom proceedings, and to the eventual realization that the accusations and trials were nearing epic in proportion, the author effortlessly guides readers through this bizarre moment in American history. Several theories regarding the causes for the witchcraft hysteria and the "fits" experienced by many of the accused are addressed, but no definite answers are promoted or advocated. Primary-source material consisting of courtroom testimony is woven throughout the narrative; spelling is modernized, and occasional passages are abridged for better understanding. The "What Happened Next" final chapter details the often-tragic ends for the unjustly accused; information on the accusers and the officials is also included. Schanzer's top-notch stylized black-and-white illustrations highlighted with small touches of red extend and enhance the text.—Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VA [Page 142]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Shares the story of the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children in Salem Village, Massachusetts, into a witch hunt that took more than a dozen lives and ruined hundreds more.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Shares the story of the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children in Salem Village, Massachusetts, into a witch hunt that took more than a dozen lives and ruined hundreds more.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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 Book2012 Notable Children's Books—ALSCNCSS—Notable Social Studies Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2012School Library Journal Best Books of 2011SLJ’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2011Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2011

Review by Publisher Summary 4

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