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Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem


Book Overview: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

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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Rosalyn Schanzer is a multi-talented American author and illustrator, renowned for her riveting non-fiction children's literature. Her portfolio boasts over 15 books, all beautifully illustrated and filled with humor, passion, and detailed historical accuracy. With her unique style of storytelling, Schanzer has successfully breathed life into historical figures and events for her young readership, weaving narratives that are simultaneously entertaining and educational. Schanzer inherited her love for history from her adventurous grandma and has been fascinated by the tales of explorers and historical heroes since childhood. Her extensive travels around the globe have also significantly influenced her work, allowing her to incorporate authentic cultural details into her stories. Beyond her captivating prose, Schanzer’s vibrant scratchboard and watercolor illustrations are captivating, bringing a multidimensional approach to her work that sets her apart in the children's literature landscape. Throughout her illustrious career, Schanzer has been bestowed with numerous prestigious honors for her contributions to children's literature. Her works have won accolades including the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, as well as multiple Junior Library Guild Selections. Her captivating writing coupled with her profoundly detailed artwork, Rosalyn Schanzer continues to leave an indelible mark on the world of children's literature.


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