This is the first Kathleen Kent novel I have read and the first book sent during the Salem Witch Trials - and I have to say I was pleased on both fronts. This book follows Sarah, a girl whose mother is hanged because people believe she is a witch. Girls in the town point and accuse and the citizens fates are decided. Her family face all sorts of hardships and find themselves cooped up in prison too. By using what their mother has taught them they have to learn how to depend on each other and survive. … more
Kent does a brilliant job of retelling a shameful period in American history, the Salem witch trials of the 1690s. The scorching account is related by Sarah Carrier Chapman, only nine years old when her family moves in with her grandmother in Andover, Massachusetts. Arriving in Andover with a case of the pox, the family is distrusted by the town from the first; the fact that Sarah's mother, Martha Carrier has an independent mind and disdains frivolity does little to endear her to fellow citizens. … more
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