Tuesday, October 11, 2005


"In the year 1692, life changes forever for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner and her family. In Salem, Massachusetts, witches have been found, and widespread fear and panic reign mere miles from Abigail's home of Andover. When two girls are brought from Salem to identify witches in Andover, suspicion sweeps the town as well-respected members of the community are accused of witchcraft."

Kathleen Duble has taken a different approach to looking at the witchcraft hysteria that was pervasive in Massachusetts in the late 17th century. She introduces the reader to the Faulkner family and the members who were accused of being "witches". The Faulkners, Aunt Elizabeth, Uncle Daniel, and Granpappy Dane (a minister in the Puritan church) are all swept into this madness and have no control over what happens to them. The author takes the reader into the Salem Town jail where the accused "witches" are chained in deplorable conditions. This book is based on actual events from the author's family history.

Read an excerpt.


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