Salem, 1692. Devils and witches are an accepted fact of life and religion. When some girls in the village begin having fits and tremors, their torments are attributed to the action of witches. Elizabeth Putnam and her parents are different from many of the other village folk, and they doubt the superstitions that terrify the town. As Elizabeth struggles to find her way among the alarming events, she also finds herself at odds with George, her best friend and companion since babyhood. Things come to a head when Elizabeth herself is accused of witchcraft, and George must make a difficult choice between what his community believes and what he knows to be true. Readers start the story in Elizabeth's voice and finish the story in George's voice, where they learn how he finds a resolution to his heartwrenching predicament and the conclusion of his own side of the story.
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Patricia Hermes is a versatile and prolific award-winning author who writes for nearly every age group. She has received many awards, including the Smithsonian Notable Book Award, the C. S. Lewis Honor Award, and the award for the New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Years. Patricia is also the author of My Side of the Story: The Brothers' War. She lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5–8—An unusual format brings a fresh angle to this historical event. Elizabeth and George live in 1692 Salem. When teen girls suddenly start claiming that they have been possessed by townspeople who are witches, the two friends are not sure what to believe, and their opinions diverge as the community puts the women on trial. Elizabeth and her family believe that the women are innocent, whereas George's father is vehement in his condemnation of the accused, and his son begins to be persuaded as well. The ultimate test of their friendship comes when Elizabeth herself is targeted. The opportunity to read Elizabeth's side of the story first and then flip the book over to read George's fleshes out the characters and gives them distinct voices. This book demonstrates that there is often more than one version of history.—Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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