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Witches! : the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem

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Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society, c2011.
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144 pages : ill. ; 19 cm.
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Tackling the same twisted subject as Stacy Schiff's much-lauded book The Witches: Salem, 1692, this Sibert Honor book for young readers features unique scratchboard illustrations, chilling primary source material, and powerful narrative to tell the true tale. In the little colonial town of Salem Village, Massachusetts, two girls began to twitch, mumble, and contort their bodies into strange shapes. The doctor tried every remedy, but nothing cured the young Puritans. He grimly announced the dire diagnosis: the girls were bewitched! And then the accusations began. The riveting, true story of the victims, accused witches, crooked officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children into a witch hunt that took over a dozen people's lives and ruined hundreds more unfolds in chilling, novelistic detail--complete with stylized black-white-and-red scratchboard illustrations of young girls having wild fits in the courtroom, witches flying overhead, and the Devil and his servants terrorizing the Puritans-- in this young adult book by award-winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer. Taught in middle and high schools around the U.S., the 17th-century saga remains hauntingly resonant as people struggle even today with the urgent need to find someone to blame for their misfortunes. Witches! has been honored with many prestigious awards, including:. Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor Book 2012 Notable Children's Books--ALSC NCSS--Notable Social Studies Trade Books in the Field of Social Studies 2012 School Library Journal Best Books of 2011 SLJ's 100 Magnificent Children's Books of 2011 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2011
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 138-141) and index.
Tells the story of the victims, the accused witches, and the scheming officials that turned a mysterious illness into a witch hunt.
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Schanzer, R. (2011). Witches!: the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

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Schanzer, Rosalyn. 2011. Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Schanzer, Rosalyn, Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2011.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Schanzer, Rosalyn. Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2011. Print.

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