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Posted September 21, 2012
THE DEVIL'S DOOR
After a bloody confrontation with the Wabanaki Indians, Sarah Wright and her father, Ephraim, flee their home in Maine for a new life in Salem, Massachusetts. But for the Wrights, it's out of the frying pan and into the fire-the hell fire, that is. Hysteria, hallucinations and uncontrolled outbursts plague the young girls of Salem. Surely the devil and his army of witches are to blame for their afflictions. Paranoia spreads. Accusations fly. Neighbor after neighbor is arrested, tried and executed for witchcraft. When the finger is pointed at Ephraim, Sarah must race to save her father from the noose.
THE DEVIL'S DOOR is set during the Salem Witch Trials of the late 1600s. The plot is fast paced. Along with the historical details of the trials, this well-researched novel provides many interesting details about the day to day lives of the people in Salem--games they played, prison conditions, living arrangements. Recommended for grades 3-6. Enslow provided me with a complimentary copy of the book to review. ISBN-13: 978-59845-214-3.