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Five Star Review: A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials (Great Episodes) by Ann


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Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Released: April 29, 1994

Genre: Historical Fiction

Length: 324 Pages

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Synopsis

Susanna English desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage, but she doesn’t realize the leader of the group, the malicious Ann Putnam, is about to set off a torrent of false accusations that will lead to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people-victims of a witch-hunt panic.

Review by Stormi

I chose this book simply because of its nature. I have always been interested in the happenings of the Salem Witch Trials. I started researching it because of a school project and continued because I was just interested in the wonder of it all. I have always loved anything to do with witchcraft. The fact that this book is filled with so much history is just a plus to me. This is the story of a young girl who desperately wants to fit in. But, soon trouble begins and she must either go with it or tell the truth. She fights with her feelings on the matter throughout the book, while her family is persecuted along with many others. You soon feel for her because she fears for her family and keeps quiet for too long. Based on my research, I can say this book is filled with history. While it is a work of fiction, it is still full of the facts and history of this major event. I absolutely loved this book and look forward to reading many more by Ann Rinaldi. She is an amazing writer and can make a reader get swept in on page one and feel like they are living the story. Best book I have read in a long time!

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