I Walk in Dread (Dear America Series)

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Lisa Rowe Fraustino's dramatic tale of the Salem witch trials is back in print with a beautiful new cover design!

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 after four young girls from the village accuse some of the local women of being witches, the town becomes increasingly caught up in a witch hunt. When the villagers begin to realize that ...

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Overview


Lisa Rowe Fraustino's dramatic tale of the Salem witch trials is back in print with a beautiful new cover design!

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 after four young girls from the village accuse some of the local women of being witches, the town becomes increasingly caught up in a witch hunt. When the villagers begin to realize that Deliverance is a clever girl who possesses the skills to read and write, the whispered accusations begin. Suddenly she has more to worry about than just the wrath of her uncle, her ill sister, and the fate of the other women in town. Within the pages of her diary, Deliverance captures the panic, terror, suspicion, and hysteria that swept through Salem Village during one of the most infamous eras in American history.

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Editorial Reviews

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PRAISE FOR DEAR AMERICA:
"More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entree into American history." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

"An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations. . . . A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries." -- CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW SERVICE

"Engaging accessible historical fiction." -- SLJ

"The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age." -- CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
Deliverance Trembly is only twelve years old but she is expected to take care of herself, her sickly seventeen-year old sister, Mem, and their small farm in Salem, Massachusetts in the harsh winter of 1691. The girl's only guardian is an uncle who has gone away for "awhile" and ordered them not to tell anyone. Deliverance fears what will happen to her for lying to the villagers, and she worries that they have very little food and are unable to do many of the farm chores. But those concerns pale in comparison to what is going on in their church. Girls are behaving very strangely and the minister and others believe that witches are causing this. The hysteria builds as Deliverance finds that revered members of the church, including one of her closest friends, are accused of witchcraft and are thrown in prison—and some are taken to the gallows. She can't even trust Mem, who is beginning to think that Deliverance may be a witch. Written in the first person using a diary format, this gripping tale will bring history to life for middle grade readers. Fraustino does an excellent job, not only of conveying the religious and social lives of the late 17th century Puritans, but of demonstrating how easily fear may lead to irrational behavior, infecting a whole village. There have been many books written about the Salem witch trials, but this is one of the most personal. It does an outstanding job of drawing the reader immediately into the lives of these fictional characters and helping them to understand the fears and social pressures that led to this mass hysteria. This volume is from the "Dear America" series. It was originally published in 2004 and has been reissued with an "updated look", according to the publisher. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545311656
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Series: Dear America Series
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 187,243
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa Rowe Fraustino is the author of the novels I WALK IN DREAD, a Dear America title; GRASS AND SKY; ASH; and THE HOLE IN THE WALL. She is also the author of the picture book THE HICKORY CHAIR. Lisa lives with her husband in Connecticut and teaches at Eastern Connecticut State University.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2012

    Ok but dissapointing

    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.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2005

    A new light on an old tragedy

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Very Good

    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.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Exciting

    Very exciting but it is sad but good and awsam all rolled into one!
    Hannah Grace

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Insight into life during the Salem Witch Trials

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Kacey c

    That book is great!!! I am a magor history buff and that was another great book to add to my dear america book shelf!!!!
    This book is awesome but i agree it does start out slow but i love suspence. Im ten years old
    Lolz
    Laugh
    Out
    Loud
    Zebra
    I like saying lolz
    And typing

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Loveeeeee

    Sad but cool

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2006

    Refreshing view to Salem Witch Trials

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2004

    Awesome Book, Awesome Lady

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Dear america books are very interesting

    I am very interested in the salem witch trials and i belive it is a very good book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2014

    Dear America

    I know this book will be so cool. Dear America are the best books ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 17, 2013

    I read this book with my family. It was okay but slow-moving. Wh

    I read this book with my family. It was okay but slow-moving. When I picked it up, I saw on the cover Salem witch trials, but to get the part about the witch trials, you have to read almost to  the end.  Liv, the main character, doesn't actually have that much to do with the Salem witch trials. Disappointed.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2013

    i love the dear america books and i really enjoyed this one as w

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Sounds bad

    Does not sound good at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2013

    i did not like this book it was very weird and creepy : (

    i did not like this book it was very weird and creepy : (

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Good

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Scary, but AMAZING!!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2012

    G

    I agree with anonymous august 8th. I like histoty and like saying lolz and typing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    I might get it...

    My dad told me about this sad story in history i might get it

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2010

    Tremendas book!

    This book is funny heart slaming want to read more!!!!!!! The girls name is Deliverace Trembly.She was thier at the salem whicht trials.They lived in Massechutteset Bay Colony 1691.ITs a great book.I tremendasly recomend this book.ITS awesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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