A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials

A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials

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by Ann Rinaldi
     
 

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Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. Susanna faces a painful choice. Should she keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or should she

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Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. Susanna faces a painful choice. Should she keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or should she "break charity" with the group—and risk having her own family members named as witches?
Reader's guide included.

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From the Publisher
"An enthralling, authentic story . . . Rinaldi at her best."—Kirkus Reviews
"A graceful blend of fiction and history . . . Finely tuned, well researched and very accessible, this novel ranks with Rinaldi's finest work."—Publishers Weekly
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Historical fiction readers, both adult and young adult, will be fascinated by this tale of the Salem Witch Trials. Rinaldi has an uncanny talent for slipping into the skin of her characters. In this novel, her viewpoint comes from Susanna English, the daughter of a rich merchant. Susanna's money and station place her outside the circle of girls at the center of the hysteria, but not outside their sphere of influence. Susanna knows that the accusations are being put forth by young adolescents driven by revenge-and by a wish to escape the boredom of church and Bible reading. Fearing for her family, she refuses to share this knowledge. As the fervor builds, so does Susanna's guilt and sorrow until finally she is rescued from "going down a dark road" by a loving friend and her own moral code. Rinaldi's research is flawless and her period familiarity striking, but her strongest power is as a storyteller.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152046828
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
06/07/2003
Series:
Great Episodes Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
58,781
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.78(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. She has received numerous starred reviews and awards, as well as widespread recognition for her historical novels. Ms. Rinaldi lives in central New Jersey.

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Break with Charity 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 102 reviews.
Stefie1980 More than 1 year ago
If you love historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials, then this is the book for you. Although it is written for children 10 to 14 years of age (yes, I am almost 30), I still found it very interesting. I even learned some things. The author did a great job bringing the characters to life. I also enjoyed the Authors note at the end of the novel (which I dont usually read). She included some great facts and explained which characters were real and who was fictional. I read the book in 1 day!! I plan on reading more by this author!! 2 thumbs up!!
hockey22 More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love all of Ann Rinaldi's books but this one was the best. It is very historically accurate and kept me interested the whole time. I read it in a day it was so good! I will definitely keep reading historical fiction books by Ann Rinaldi and would recommend them to anyone even if they don't like historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can not belive that susana went to ticuba for help about william its so sweet to think that some siblings get along but alo when betty parris was talking in chapter 5 she sounded pusesd like a ghost or something i mean get this girl so advil or something call 911 shes crazy!!!!!!!!!!!! No just kiding he is just really sick like your dieing sick but other than that weard/scary pary its a real good book -read this book :)
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It was interesting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Ann Rinaldi has created a masterpiece! This book is not only very informational, but also has a great deal of romance and suspense. If you can't handle slight tragedy/violence, then this isn't a great choice for you. I, however, like horror stories as well as drama, comedy, etc... so the touch of scariness was great. If you are anything like I am and like most genres of book, this will be great for you. And I can guarentee a five star rating for everyone.
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I think this book is amazing. It might be a bit frightening in some parts but you get over it pretty quickly. I had to read this for school (well I did not have to but I chose to) I think this book is for fifth or sixth graders. I have not finished it yet but I probably will today because it is so good!!!!
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This book was a wonderful source for life in the salem witch time. I think this is a great book when you need to read historical fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to purchase this book for school and it is a perfect resource for information in the Salem Witch Trials. This is a captivating, spine-chilling novel that everyoe should read.
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A nice, easy read. A touch of fiction to get you to see this story from a different perspective.
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This book is so suspenceful. I loved it because i like reading historical fiction and the salem witch trials. I really liked this novel.
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