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Title: Beyond the Burning Time
Publisher: Scholastic Trade
Publication Date: 1994
Binding: Library Binding
Book Condition: Acceptable
Dust Jacket Condition: Includes dust jacket.
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A courageous young girl confronts the hysterical townspeople of Salem when her mother is accused of witchcraft and condemned to death, in an exploration of the motives behind a dark period in American history.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9?Mary Chase's sense of foreboding grows as, one by one, her friends fall prey to evidence of witchcraft and the innocent are identified as witches. She is horrified by the growing hysteria, and dismayed when her mother, who is a widow working a farm without a man, is cried out upon and arrested. Characterizations of Mary and her brother, Caleb, apprentice to a ship's carpenter, are sturdy and complex. The young people are placed squarely in the milieu of 1691 Salem, and their intelligence and healthy disbelief in witchery make them likable. Their bravely engineered rescue of their mother from execution is stirring. Interestingly, Lasky examines the social, religious, and economic forces that affected Salem Village and the Massachusetts Colony. Elements as diverse as two neighbors' feud over property and Cotton Mather's satisfaction that the governor should spend his time pursuing the French and the Indians (leaving the Puritan minister in charge of "the witch business") are included. Well researched and documented with extensive notes, the book also interweaves information about colonial ship construction and the effect on the colony of being charterless. Written in fairly formal language and diction, as befits the 17th-century setting, Beyond the Burning Time is a readable, engrossing, and sometimes exciting tale of an important era in American history. In spite of the fact that its interest and reading level are quite similar to Ann Rinaldi's A Break with Charity (Harcourt, 1992), Beyond the Burning Time merits purchase where the subject is popular.?Carolyn Noah, Central Mass. Regional Library System, Worcester, MA
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