The Invisible World

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Suzanne Weyn brings her trademark mix of history, romance, and the supernatural to the Salem Witch Trials.

Elsabeth James has powers she doesn't fully understand. She is descended from midwives, mind readers, and a fortune-teller who was put to death because she foresaw the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. She can hear people's thoughts and sometimes see what they see. She has supernatural gifts, but not evil ones.
When Elsabeth sails with her ...

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Overview


Suzanne Weyn brings her trademark mix of history, romance, and the supernatural to the Salem Witch Trials.

Elsabeth James has powers she doesn't fully understand. She is descended from midwives, mind readers, and a fortune-teller who was put to death because she foresaw the death of Mary, Queen of Scots. She can hear people's thoughts and sometimes see what they see. She has supernatural gifts, but not evil ones.
When Elsabeth sails with her sister, father, and governess to America, however, she does not foresee that their ship will be wrecked in a storm. Alone for the first time in her life, she washes up on a South Carolina plantation, where she falls in love with a boy she meets there and learns magic and healing from an unexpected source.
As her powers grow, her stay is cut short, and she is sent as a servant to Salem, Massachusetts. There she accidentally allows an evil spirit to enter the village. When a group of girls start to say they're bewitched and accuse villagers of witchcraft, Elsabeth must find some way to save herself and the boy she loves.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Suzanne Weyn's Distant Waves:

* "Weyn's take on the infamous disaster is wholly original."
- Booklist, starred review

"Told in gripping first-person narrative, this novel features interesting characters and creates a strong sense of time and place, while exploring the mysteries of the spirit world."
- School Library Journal

"Weyn weaves fantasy together with factual threads of the Spiritualist movement, Nikola Tesla's inventions and the celebrity-studded passenger list of the doomed ocean liner....A page-turner."
- Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Kasey Giard
As the descendent of others who have special gifts to see the future of others, Elizabeth has never found it odd to hear others' thoughts. When her father's friend a well-respected scientist expresses an interest in studying Elizabeth's unique gift in America, her father agrees to move the family. On the journey, the ship is ravaged by a terrible storm, and Elizabeth is separated from her family when the vessel sinks. She joins a small village and finds a mentor in the art of healing and magic, but just when Elizabeth feels she has found a new home and love, she is thrust into the hands of a dogmatic minister's family as a servant. Only madness greets Elizabeth in her new home as village girls begin to accuse their neighbors of witchcraft. Elizabeth struggles to convince the townspeople of the truth to save both herself and the boy she loves. Invisible World takes readers back to the time of the Salem Witch Trials, to a time of fear and madness. Elizabeth recounts her story with a matter-of-fact tone, often aloof from the other characters and events. Readers who are interested in stories about the witch trials might also enjoy the captivating classic The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. Reviewer: Kasey Giard
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Elsabeth James is a teenager in 1690s England, the daughter of a scientist who through research and investigation tries to find the scientific explanation of the supernatural ability his daughter possesses. She exhibits clairvoyant powers much like her grandmother and great-grandmother, who were persecuted as witches. Wanting to avoid this fate, he and his family set off for America, only to encounter turbulent travels resulting in a shipwreck. Elsabeth is washed ashore on an island off the coast of South Carolina during the heat of summer. She is nurtured back to health by its inhabitants, slaves from Africa who are on their own during the hottest months. She falls in love with Aakif, but upon the return of the plantation owner, she is sent away to Salem, Massachusetts, to be an indentured servant for Reverend Parris. On the boat, Elsabeth discovers that her governess also survived the shipwreck and is onboard in a coma. She feels that Bronwyn's spirit has been lost and in trying to help her, evil is unleashed on Salem. An increase of supernatural events leads to the arrest of many young women accused of witchcraft, including Elsabeth. She must find a way out before more young girls lose their lives. Several historical figures are introduced, but without an author's note it is difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Readers with a background in the time period will appreciate more fully the racial boundaries involved as well as the facts and theories involving microbiology to partially explain the supernatural. Although the historical aspects of the novel are not clarified, readers can enjoy it as a paranormal adventure.—Denise Moore, O'Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD
Kirkus Reviews
Weyn once again uses the supernatural to invent an alternate version of history (Distant Waves, 2009), this time the Salem Witch Trials. A clairvoyant like her grandmother and great-grandmother, who were persecuted as witches, Elsabeth hopes to use her power to live independently one day. Wanting his daughter to avoid her ancestors' fate, Elsabeth's scientist father tries to relocate the family, including Elsabeth's former governess, Bronwyn, who practices astral projection, from England to the American colonies. A shipwreck changes their course, sending lone Elsabeth to a South Carolina plantation. Uneducated in racial boundaries, the teen immediately falls for slave Aakif. In a business exchange (and to remove her from the impropriety), the plantation owner sends her to Salem to be a servant to Reverend Parris. On the way to Salem, Elsabeth reunites with Bronwyn, whose spirit has been compromised during one of her astral travels. In the process of trying to heal Bronwyn, the teen inadvertently unleashes evil on the town. Weyn sticks with the familiar characters and events, letting supernatural occurrences and recent medical theories explain the rise of witches. She also introduces other debatable facts, such as Tituba's ethnic background, and the burgeoning science of the day. A historical note that would help readers sort out facts and theories from fiction is sadly lacking. Despite a too-tidy ending, it is an interesting, fast-paced blend of mystical and scientific reasoning. (Historical fantasy. 13 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545334860
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 728,717
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    This Is Great

    This is a great book. I saw it in my book fair, but i got it on my nook and it is awesome. Anyone should read this.

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    Posted October 19, 2012

    $$$$$$$$

    In real life I've seen this book. Is kind of thin....... It coat wayyy too much i mean really. The paperback version cost less. Im sure the actual story is ok though...

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