Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem

Witches The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem Tackling the same twisted subject as Stacy Schiff s much lauded book The Witches Salem this Sibert Honor book for young readers features unique scratchboard illustrations chilling primary sour

  • Title: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem
  • Author: Rosalyn Schanzer
  • ISBN: 9781426308697
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 bTackling 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 unfolds in chilling detail in this young adult book by award winning author and illustrator Rosalyn Schanzer With a powerful narrative, chilling primary source accounts, a design evoking the period, and 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, this book will rivet young readers with novelistic power 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 In addition to the Sibert Honor, Witches has been honored by the Society of Illustrators with their Original Art Award Gold Medal, has been named a Notable book by both the American Library Association and the National Council for the Social Studies, and was chosen one ofSchool Library Journal s 100 Magnificent Children s Books and one of Chicago Public Library s Best of the Best Children s Books.

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    1. It might be strange, but the first thing that struck me about Witches, once I had my hands on it, was the size and shape. I've read a fair few of National Geographic's YA and middle grade nonfiction, and they tend to be large, with gorgeous, glossy covers. Schanzer's book is going an entirely different route. It's small, even smaller than an average paperback, and the cover is a black and white, engraving-like illustration. And it looks really, really cool. The illustrations inside are very simi [...]


    2. Sometimes I wish I could sit down with my 10-year-old self and have a conversation. We’d chat about the improvements that will come to fashion someday (I think 10-year-old me would really appreciate knowing that 1988 was America's low point), the delight to be found in School House Rock and eventually I’d turn the conversation to books. From there we’d give praise to good Apple paperbacks like The Girl With the Silver Eyes or pretty much anything with a ghost in it (does anyone even rememb [...]


    3. 3.5 out of 5Since I knew absolutely nothing about the Salem witch trials before, Schanzer's Witches! was a great introduction to the subject: short, engaging and beautifully illustrated (gorgeous black-and-white with a sprinkle of red scratchboard illustrations are done by the author!).Witches! is well-researched, as evident from the back matter consisting of extensive source notes, bibliography, index and author's note. Schanzer also does a great job making a very clear distinction between fact [...]


    4. Religion kills. And tortures innocent people. May it be in Salem - witches!! - or in Iraq - boom splashes of blood, or in Philippines - 333 years of slavery anyone? it does. It would be stupid of you to deny that.


    5. In 1692 in the village of Salem Massachusetts, two girls have fallen ill. Their bodies contort and they are speaking in a strange tongue. The diagnoses: Bewitched. The story of the Salem witch trials began with the accusation of three women and soon any and everyone was being accused. In the end, the witch hunts affected many, killing over a dozen and ruining the lives of countless others. One of the accused was sentenced to jail with her infant child in tow. The black, white and red artwork add [...]


    6. While I've heard of the Salem Witch Trials, I'm still shocked by how much local politics and petty jealousies played into the accusations. Compelling and well-researched. Stunning design with black, red, and white scratch board illustrations.


    7. Suggested Grade Levels: Middle School to High SchoolGenre: Informational (Chapter Book)Historical Topic: Salem Witch TrialsThemes: Conformity and ScapegoatingAwards: Many awards, but most notable are Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Honor, 2012 Notable Children’s Books (ALSC) and 2011 School Library Journal Best Books.This is an informational text that takes on a novelistic approach. The true tale of the Salem Witch trials unfolds with learning of the hardships of Salem’s Reverend Samuel [...]


    8. In the interest of full disclosure what drew me to Witches was its fascinating cover art and illustrations throughout. The cover lures its audience in with a black, white and red rendition of a split persona, that of the white sweet innocent puritan woman and the other half depicted as what else but a “witch.” Possessing a red squinted eye, a scornful frown and inked in all black, needless to say the cover looked fascinating. I was expecting a melodramatic filled historic fiction about the w [...]


    9. A relatively short look at the witch trials. Some quite interesting information on the background and references to transcripts. A good little read if you enjoy reading about the history of witches or instances of accusations. I read it because I am fascinated by the 'mass hysteria' type phenomenon often cited and the cultural history behind this phenomenon. It is interesting to try and place yourself in a mindset where something such as spectral evidence was legitimate to an argument.


    10. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem, by Rosalyn Schanzer is a Non-Fiction book about witch accusations, that had occurred in the town of Salem, in the beginning of the year of 1692. (Publication year: 2011) I, not being a nonfiction fan, actually liked this book. To me it deserves at least three stars. I'm giving this book three stars because it wasn't boring like a nonfiction hater would presume. The main conflict in this book was that people were being accused of being witch [...]


    11. This book, “Witches!: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem,” is an interesting book. The small history book is packed with action and surprises, without sounding fake. The moments when someone important is accused are some of the most well described moments in the story. The suspense and frustration that grows inside you when reading this book is heavy. You are reading the questions in the trials, and a person pleads guilty, by the accusers and “judges” don’t believe them. The [...]


    12. Summary: This book starts off with two girls from Salem Village, Massachusetts. One day these two girls started twitching and their bodies began to contort into weird shapes. A doctor tried to cure them but he could not find a cure. The mysterious illness turned into a witch-hunt that ruined a lot of people’s life. This book shows what people will do just to blame someone else so that they can cover up for themselves. Evaluation: I liked this book. However, this book could be a little too viol [...]


    13. The images in the book were a little dark for a child to read and have these pictures in mind as they read. Some of the words seemed a little harder for certain age groups, but it is a good book to tie in with the history of the town of Salem. I remember reading a play about Salem Witch trials and it was more interesting and easier to follow that this was.This was not one of my favorites but it did align well with the historic facts of Salem. It would be better with an older age group and as a c [...]


    14. Summary:This book tells the story of the Salem Witch Trials in 1600s. It discusses the mass hysteria within Massachusetts led by the townspeople and officials within the city. It begins with background information about the Puritans and their beliefs along with a man named Samuel Parris and his family. The book takes the readers on a journey from when the trials began all the way to the devastating ending.Evaluation:The author, Rosalyn Schanzer, did a fantastic job with this novel. The organizat [...]


    15. This book takes us way back to when many people were killed in Salem for supposedly being witches. I myself only gave it two stars because it is in a very formal format. It tells us exactly what happened in court when I was expecting something very different. However, if you like history ~ very exact history ~ then I would definitely recommend!


    16. I read this as my non-print requirement. This book starts out with black and white images of people that were accused witches. Among these people are Tituba, the slave that took care of Salem’s Villages Reverend Samuel Parris. Animals were animals accused as well. Next, afflicted accusers and other witch hunters are displayed. Each name is accompanied with a black and white image as well. It also says whom these people accused to be witches. The first chapter starts out informing the reader of [...]


    17. *Susan Hart*Schanzer, R. (2011). Witches!: the absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem. Washington, D.C. : National Geographic Society.*Informational*Print*Selected from awards listings*ALA Notable Children's Book 2011, 2012Robert F. Sibert Honor Award, 2011 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal* Witches: The absolutely true tale of disaster in Salem is a short little book with a big punch from the National Geographic Society, which examines the sordid Salem witch trials. Right from the beginning [...]


    18. The nonfiction book Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer will fascinate you. The events shared in this book were incredible but true. In 1692, several women in colonial Massachusetts were accused and convicted of witchcraft. Tituba, Sarah Good, Dorcas Good, Sarah Osborn, Martha Cory, Elizabeth Proctor, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Cloyse & Mary Easty, Bridget Bishop, and Mary English were accused of being witches by the many afflicted people. Reverend Samuel Par [...]


    19. Witches is a book about the telling of the Salem Witch Trials.The story was set in 1692. I loved that it does go in chronological order. What would be helpful when reading would be a timeline so you know what happened when. Even a graphic organizer so you can tell the characters and how they are related. The author/illustrator does a great job of laying out the book. There are pictures in each chapter and at the beginning an overview of the people in Salem accused and not accused. The setting of [...]


    20. Audience: IntermediateGenre: Nonfiction Discussion QuestionsRemembering: According to the Preface (yes, you actually do need to read that) what events may cause suspicion that a witch is working his or her evil magic? Who might be accused of being a witch? Understanding: Who were the Puritans and what made them different from other European immigrants to the New World? Applying: What do you think may have caused Betty and Abigail Parris to "twitch and choke and contort their bodies into strange [...]


    21. Wow!!! What an informational piece of text! It kind of spooked me! I have heard of the Salem Witch Trials that took place during the 17th century, but never clearly understood it or how it came about. This text gave me a great insight to the events that occurred during this time.Puritans were being falsely accused and condemned as witches. Trials were held with no real evidence. Much of the history that took place with these witch trials were solely based on gossip. Many were tortured, imprisone [...]


    22. Title / Author / Publication Date: Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. / Rosalyn Schanzer. / 2011.Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction.Format: Book - print. 144 pages.Plot summary:"Shares the story of the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children in Salem Village, Massachusetts, into a witch hunt that took more than a dozen lives and ruined hundreds more" (NoveList).Considerations or precautions for readers ad [...]


    23. Genre: Informational; Junior BookSummary: A book packed with authentic information concerning the Salem With Trials which took place in the 1690's in Salem Massachusetts. A. The information shared in the book is no doubt authentic with the many primary accounts and reputable interviewees that participated in the making of this book. However, I feel what really pulls the reader in is the layout of this book. From the front cover to the end pages, the reader feels like they are in for a treat.B. E [...]


    24. This tragedy began when two little girls started twitching and hallucinating, but it quickly began spiraling out of control and ruining lives. People were faking symptoms, accusing women, men, children and even dogs of being witches. Honestly, there where a few parts where I literally laughed out loud. Not because people being hung are funny, but because some of the accusations were completely ridiculous. The evidence was not even circumstantial: just what people said they saw or felt.There are [...]


    25. Puritans be whack.Perfect little stylized book. Small sized, cool/creepy woodcut illustrations, great use of black white and red, brief, etc. It looks cool. When I opened the box of books, this is the one I took home to read that night.That said, it took me three attempts over a week to sit down and read it. I had a hard time not skimming. Two real reasons: 1) Puritans are the worst. 2) at times it seemed like fact, name, name, name, fact, name, nameI get it. Schanzer's trying to cram a giant ch [...]


    26. (Audiobook)The book is ok. THE audible reader was an AWFUL choice. I am sure she is a lovely person so it is not personal, however, her voice, not that it is her fault, is more of a cutesy voice for books like CLEMENTINE that she has also narrated. It was NOT the voice for this book or theme.This book takes you back to early Salem, the place that I most famous for the Salem witch trials. Puritans felt the world have been filled buy the invisible world. During the mid This created fear of the wit [...]


    27. Title / Author / Publication Date: Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem/Rosalyn Schanzer/2011Genre: Non-FictionFormat: HardcoverPlot summary: Shares the story of the victims, accused witches, corrupt officials, and mass hysteria that turned a mysterious illness affecting two children in Salem Village, Massachusetts, into a witch hunt that took more than a dozen lives and ruined hundreds more.Considerations or precautions for readers advisory: The story deals with the false accu [...]


    28. This book has a beautiful design and incredible illustrations. Five stars for those. The text, though, I found strangely dry. I liked that it used a lot of primary source quotes, which gave a great flavor of life in a Puritan community (always with the salty language, those Puritans). But I thought it was missing much sense of narrative or sweeping hysteria. I think this is the first book I've read on the subject that didn't have the teenaged girl accusers as the primary focus. I don't know that [...]


    29. Audience: IntermediateGenre: Non-FictionDISCUSSION QUESTIONSRemembering: Where is Salem Town?Understanding: Describe the events that lead up to the disaster in Salem.Applying: Think of the situation in the book when the initial 3 "witches" were questioned. Do you think the questioning was fair, or do you think the judges had already formed their opinions. Explain.Analyzing: What do you believe was the motive of condemning those accused. Evaluating: If you had lived in Salem Town at the time of t [...]


    30. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem tells the story of what happens to a small town in 1700s New England when two girls begin to twitch and speak in nonsense. Included in the story are the accusations of the girls (and others who claim to have been bewitched), reactions and defenses of those accused and the trials involved. The author provides the story through primary sources that she quotes as well as interprets. The book transitions between providing the reader with backgro [...]


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