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AnneCP said:
Chilling account of one family during the Salem Witch Trials, based on the author’s ancestors. Kent creates a vivid picture of the paranoid atmosphere of 17th-century Massachusetts and the cruel injustice of those unlucky enough to be accused.
posted Dec 2, 2013 at 1:44PM
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9-year-old Sarah Carrier’s tale begins in 1690 as she travels with her family from the town of Billerica to a new home in Andover in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Tragically, in what will ultimately be the root of poor future relations and suspicion in their new community, one of Sarah’s brothers is unknowingly the bearer of disease. Sarah’s mother, Martha Carrier, is bold, irreverent, outspoken and a bit mysterious -- traits that in the late 17th century, on the eve of the Salem Witch Trials, are dangerous for any woman.

I read this book hot on the heels of a fictionalized account of the Donner Party. Since the core facts of both of these events are common knowledge, I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to comment on the sense of foreboding the reader experiences -- people are going to die. The innocent beginnings of the novel, when the true depths of Sarah’s misfortune were yet to be revealed, was somewhat of a mental struggle, but it began to fade as I sunk deeper into the story. The author herself is a descendant of the real Martha Carrier, and the family stories passed down from generation to generation were the inspiration for her research and writing.
posted Jan 29, 2014 at 9:54AM
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main characters Sarah Carrier
Age: 10
Lives on the family farm; mother is fighting her brother about property lines; mother is accused by her brother of being a witch.

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