From award-winning author-illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer comes the compelling story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a wholesale witch hunt resulting in the deaths of a dozen people and the ruin of hundreds. An important event in colonial history, the Salem Witch Trials is taught in schools around the U.S., usually in the 5th and 8th grades.
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