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CriticasYA-At a very vulnerable age, Mary is left an orphan and is shipped off from her native England to America to start a new life. She must hide her true identity and conform to a Puritan lifestyle to gain acceptance and assure survival. Her only method of venting is a diary she keeps. Through this diary, she reveals her feelings and past. From her very first entry, she writes that she is a witch and, even though she never actually exposes herself, readers can definitely sense her special mystique. Her journal also contains comments about those she befriends, mistrusts, and hates. Soon, a group of jealous, childish girls turns the people she hates into people she fears. In front of the entire Puritan community, these girls accuse Mary of being the cause of their troubles. When Mary is sentenced to death, she decides to flee, never to be seen again. This is a suspenseful and intimate novel of a young girl's life in a new world. Not only is it an intriguing story, but it is also a wonderful window on the Colonial era and its paranoid social consciousness. It is a lesson in history and life all in one. Adolescents will find this a gripping read.
—I. Mirthala Garza, Blackshear Elementary, Austin, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.