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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 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 US, the 17th-century saga remains hauntingly resonant as people struggle even today with the urgent need to find someone to blame for their misfortunes. 

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The author effortlessly guides readers through this bizarre moment in American history.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Schanzer's appealing storyteller's style will draw readers into this strangest of episodes in American history and keep them riveted. She deftly manages a large cast of characters and structures her narrative just as she should: straightforwardly and chronologically, leaving readers to draw their own conclusions or make broader comparisons.”

    Children’s Literature

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2011
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About the Author

Rosalyn Schanzer has written and illustrated several outstanding children’s books, including How We Crossed the West, which received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. As a child, she always enjoyed reading stories about horses, so by the time she was twelve years old, she’d read all of the Black Stallion books by Walter Farley; she then decided to study the muscle structures of horses so she could draw them herself. She lives with her husband and children in Fairfax Station, Virginia.