I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (Dear America Series)

I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (Dear America Series)

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by Lisa Rowe Fraustino
     
 

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One of our final two Dear Americas, this is the compelling diary of a young girl who finds herself caught up in the turmoil and drama of the Salem Witch Trials.

Deliverance Trembley lives in Salem Village, where she must take care of her sickly sister, Mem, and where she does her daily chores in fear of her cruel uncle's angry temper. But when four young girls

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One of our final two Dear Americas, this is the compelling diary of a young girl who finds herself caught up in the turmoil and drama of the Salem Witch Trials.

Deliverance Trembley lives in Salem Village, where she must take care of her sickly sister, Mem, and where she does her daily chores in fear of her cruel uncle's angry temper. But when four young girls from the village accuse some of the local women of being witches, Deliverance finds herself caught up in the ensuing drama of the trials. And life in Salem is never the same.

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Children's Literature
Deliverance Trembley is a twelve year old girl who lives on a farm outside Salem, on Massachusetts Bay in 1691 with her sister Mem and their angry uncle, who is supposedly taking care of them because the girls' parents died. Strange things are happening in the town (four little girls are "afflicted," while unexplained events are purportedly occurring) and after finding a book with blank pages in the hen house, Deliverance decides to keep a journal of her observations, thoughts and fears. The underlying message of how involvement with a frenzied crowd can be lethal is subliminal, yet effective. Descriptions of everyday life from the period are rich, emphasizing that people had to work strenuously in order to maintain the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. At the back of the book, readers will encounter a "Historical Note" pertaining to life in 1691. These eight pages will answer many questions that may have been formed while reading the book, including the all encompassing, does anyone really know what happened in Salem Village in 1691? The author also explains how this particular piece of historical fiction was written; he details how the two primary families depicted in the book are fictional, yet interact with actual historical figures in this tale. Illustrations, photographs and a map are also included. This book is part of the "Dear America" series. Recommended. 2004, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
Fans of the Dear America series are sure to enjoy this novel of the afflictions, accusations, and fear that gripped the Massachusetts Bay Colony in the 1690s. The novel reads as the diary of a twelve-year-old Puritan girl who lives with her uncle and her sister on a farm outside Salem, Mass. Their guardian leaves to find work at sea, and the sisters must keep up the farm. When a blizzard forces a businessman and his son to seek refuge on their farm, the men eventually weave their way into the girls' lives, adding a slightly romantic subplot. Meanwhile, the girls find themselves in the midst of a hysteria overtaking the town. When other girls began accusing citizens of practicing witchcraft, the community must confront the idea that some citizens allegedly signed a pact with the Devil and are inflicting harm throughout the village. The author demonstrates how it is easy to let fear dictate action and emotion rule logic and leads the reader to realize that taking a stand for truth is not always an easy task, but most certainly a necessary one to promote justice. 2004, Scholastic, 203 pp., Ages young adult.
—Emily Pauly
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These two entries in the popular series illuminate tragic events in American history. When local girls begin to act strangely and accuse others of being witches, Deliverance Trembley believes them. However, after a trusted neighbor is implicated, she begins to have doubts and struggles to make up her own mind about the people accused. The story shows how one person's view could evolve over time. However, it is sometimes difficult to keep the characters straight, especially who is an accuser and who is accused. In 1909, Angela Denoto, a 14-year-old garment-factory worker, lives with her parents in New York City. She works long days and gives all of her pay to her Italian immigrant family. When union organizers come on the scene, Angela joins in the excitement. Later, her sister barely escapes a fire at the Triangle Waist Company, where she works. This story is told with lively details, from the noise in the factory to the heat in the family's tenement apartment. The description of the fire is graphic, with girls jumping out of windows to their deaths. Both books contain sections on life in America during the time and photos and illustrations. Additional titles for fans of the series.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439249737
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
10/28/2004
Series:
Dear America Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 7.68(h) x 0.79(d)
Lexile:
910L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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I Walk in Dread (Dear America Series) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read a few other books about the Salem Witch Trials before, but this one was refreshingly different. This book doesn't focus on the effect that Tituba and the stories she allegedly told had on the afflicted girls. The author of this book relied more on actual court records and other surviving accounts, rather than they many myths that have been passed down from generation to generation. A must read for anyone, of any age, who is interested in this subject!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see there was a dear america about the salem witch trials, but was rather disapointed with what i got. The plot was kind of slow. The parts about the trials were witnessed from afar, so it doesn't really feel like you are going through it. Also, she just kept describing a book she was reading with one of the other characters. Pages upon pages were spent summarizing the removes of mrs. Soandso. Sadly, i have actually read the book she was reading, so that got really old for me really quickly. It wasn't horrible, but i don't think i'd buy it again.
PeterJT More than 1 year ago
Lisa Rowe Fraustino gives an insightful look of living in 17th Century Massachusetts and the Salem witch trial. It is an enjoyable and informative read for any age. However I can't picture a 12 year old in the 17th Century writing that well or wording in a diary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was elated to finally find a story in which there is a girl my own age (12) who has a vocabulary equivalent to my own. To the reviewer who was skeptical of a twelve year old girl with an advanced vocabulary: I AM TWELVE. I TALK AS WELL AS ANY ADULT. WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE?!?! Anyway, I am only about 40-60% through the story, but I have enjoyed it so far. I think Mem is a little too hopeful about Mr. Something liking her. I think he thinks of her as a kind, hospitable young woman and nothing else. Good so far!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading Dear America books and this one is one of the best that i have read so far!! It was kinda slow in the beginning but it still kept my attention! Great book and Great series :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. I recently visited Salem and was very interested in the history of the Witch Trials. I Walk in Dread is mostly historical with a perfect amount if fiction to make the book exciting and keep my attention. I liked how the author wrote it as a journal to make it realistic to the time period. I really liked how the characters were connected to the accused witches rather the subject of the trials.  I have read other books about the Salem Witch trials and this was my absolute favorite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very interested in the salem witch trials and i belive it is a very good book to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was a very good read. It was a time of tradgedy writtten in a child's point of view. It was a bone-chilling and provoking story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very exciting but it is sad but good and awsam all rolled into one! Hannah Grace
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book gave a new perspective on the witch trials. It was truly captivating and I couldn't put the book down. I would definatley reccomend this book to anyone looking for a great read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book as part of my College Childrens Literature class and was a bit hesitant about it at first. Upon opening up and starting out, I was immedietly pulled into the story. The book is written about actual people (with the exception of the main character and her family) so it gave it a sense of realism for those who have a hard time reading fiction books. Just today Mrs. Fraustino came into class and gave a lecture on her book...not only is the book wonderful, but she took out the time after the lecture to sign 200 copies of her book. I definetely reccomend this book, it is a book that children as young as 8 and adults as old as 80 will enjoy.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Read when i was six not scary really good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know this book will be so cool. Dear America are the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
evolvedgeek13 More than 1 year ago
i love the dear america books and i really enjoyed this one as well ,read them as a kid and still read them at 21 i guess its a good thing i am a integrated social studies education major 
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Not my favorite dear america, i dont like how demonic it is but it aint that scary! Those girls who wer tormented by "witchcraft" were freaky though
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This bok may get a bit frigtrning at times, but it IS about the Salem Witch Trails, so what do you expect? It's been a while since I read this book, but I remember that it was very good. If you like books with a bit of mystery, you have to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with anonymous august 8th. I like histoty and like saying lolz and typing.
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