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Witches!

The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Schanzer, Rosalyn

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Witches!
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Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2011
ISBN: 1426308701
9781426308703
1426308698
9781426308697
Branch Call Number: j 133.43097445 S2995w 2011
Characteristics: 144 p. :,ill. ;,19 cm
Alternate Title: Witches!

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"Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt."

This book tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials who turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt. gr. 7-9


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On that freezing day in January, 1692, when Betty and Abigail began to twitch and choke and contort their bodies, the assumption was that they were bewitched. They accused Tituba, the family slave, and two other women, setting off an epidemic in which many others accused family, friends, and neighbors of being witches.

May 05, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Nicely done non-fiction--reads more like a chapter book.

One much appreciated feature was that it clearly differentiated between people of similar names--sometimes a little repetitive, but useful.

Mar 28, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The cover? Enticing. The subject? Not off-putting. The overall presentation? Enthralling.

Jan 07, 2012
  • MusicalPiano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I have not read it yet, but i think it will be awesome!

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May 05, 2012
  • LocketLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Mar 28, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 26, 2013
  • KristiBernard rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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.

Mar 28, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

When 9-year-old Betty Parris and 11-year-old Abigail Williams began to twist and turn in the home of the Reverend Samuel Parris there was only one possible reason for it: witchcraft. And why not? This was Salem, Massachusetts where the Puritan populace knew anything was possible. What they didn’t know was that the afflicted girls would be joined by fellow accusers and launch the town, and even parts of the state, into a series of witch trials the land of America had never seen before. Rosalyn Schanzer tells it like it is, recounting many of the details, giving information on what happened to all the players when the dust settled and things got back to normal. Notes, a Bibliography, an Index, and a Note From the Author explaining how she abridged, updated, and clarified some of the original texts follow at the end.

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Mar 28, 2012
  • ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

“Anyone could be a witch – your own mother or father, your best friend, your tiny baby brother, or even your dog. And you might never know who was in league with the Devil until it was too late.”

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