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Time of the Witches

Time of the Witches

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by Anna Myers

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Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl. Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the


Orphaned at the age of four, Drucilla finally has a place she can call home with her new family, the Putnams, of Salem Village. But when a new reverend and his family move into town with their servant Tituba, life takes a strange and dangerous turn as accusations of witchcraft swirl. Dru is overwhelmed by the fervor of lies and the power of groupthink among the other girls in town; reluctant to turn her back on the Putnams, she utters her own accusations. Only her best friend Gabe sees through the deceit, but it may be too late for Dru to protect the truth, and innocent people will pay the ultimate price. Guiding readers through the confusion of this frightening historical event, Anna Myers weaves a compelling story that will captivate teen readers.

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Children's Literature - Jennifer Waldrop
Drucilla and Gabe were born on the same day and have shared everything since. When Drucilla's mother died in childbirth, Gabe's family took her in. When Gabe's parents died, they became orphans together and moved from one foster family to another. However, when they turned twelve, they are separated and sent to live with different families in Salem Village. Drucilla is taken in by Mistress Putnam and her husband to be a companion for their daughter, Ann Putnam. Gabe is taken in by Mary Putnam and her son, Joseph Putnam. Drucilla and Gabe think that because they have been taken in by kinsmen, they will be able to see each other often, but they soon learn than the two families are estranged. Despite the feud between their households, Drucilla and Gabe stay close and manage to see each other often. Drucilla is happy taking care of the younger children of Mistress Putnam and Gabe is looking forward to a chance to attend college. This all changes when Reverend Parris arrives in Salem with his servant, Tituba. Several young girls, Ann and Drucilla included, begin visiting Tituba often to hear stories of magic. At first it is innocent fun, but when the girls choose to accuse Tituba of witchcraft rather than face punishment for their activities, witch fever begins to divide the town of Salem and drives a wedge between Gabe and Drucilla. In the ensuing madness, Drucilla must fight to discover the truth about the witches, rectify the wrongs she has helped perpetrate, and win back Gabe's trust and friendship before any more men and women are executed. Reviewer: Jennifer Waldrop
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—Myers brings a time of mass hysteria to life. Drucilla and her best friend, Gabe, are both orphans, raised by villagers. When they are 12, they take positions as servants. Widow Mary Putnam offers Gabe a home, and Drucilla is thrilled when the woman's stepson offers her a position, but she soon realizes that a feud between the two households will keep her and Gabe apart. Thomas's wife Ann is outwardly beautiful and charming, and Drucilla thinks that rumors of her maliciousness are unfounded. But the longer she is in the household, the more Ann's disturbed personality emerges. Her daughter, nine-year-old Ann, shows her own signs of devious behavior. When a new reverend and his family move into the parsonage, young Ann and her friends encourage his slave, Tituba, to entertain them with stories of witchcraft and to tell their fortunes. Fearing punishment if the adults discover this ungodly pastime, the girls pretend that Tituba has bewitched them. Gabe, not realizing that Ann Putnam has threatened Drucilla if she changes her story, sees his friend's testimony as evidence that she sides with the unscrupulous family. As does Ann Rinaldi in A Break with Charity (Houghton, 2003), Myers draws heavily from the actual participants in the events. The fictional Drucilla is an engaging protagonist, and her fear of being falsely accused if she speaks out is believable. A solid piece of historical fiction.—Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Myers overlays a melancholy love story on top of the Salem Witch Trials. Drucilla and Gabe, unrelated orphans raised as siblings, have been separated for the first time in their lives. Gabe is taken in as servant to Joseph Putnam, while Drucilla goes to the home of Joseph's enemy and kinsman, Thomas Putnam. Mistress Putnam seems affectionate to Drucilla, asking to be called "mother." Nevertheless, Drucilla senses something is wrong, as her mood swings lead to frequent accusations of evil against servants, the minister and other villagers. Dragged along with the machinations of Mistress Putnam and her daughter Ann, Drucilla soon finds herself smack in the middle of the hysterical accusations of the trials. It's easier for Drucilla to go along with the accusations than to fight them, despite her own terribly contemporary outlook which recognizes "the power of suggestion," mob mentality and guilt-induced hysteria. Try Donna Jo Napoli's Breath (2003) for a far less anachronistic view of hysteria and witchcraft; Drucilla and Gabe are too modern for this tale. Nevertheless, it's a moodily readable take on a story that continues to fascinate. (Historical fiction. 11-13)

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12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Anna Myers is the author of more than one dozen books, including, most recently, Wart. Tulsa Burning was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Assassin was an Oklahoma Book Award winner. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Time of the Witches 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
Drucilla and her best friend, Gabe, were born in the same house on the same cold, dark January night in Salem Village. Dru's mother died giving birth to her, and her father died soon after, leaving Dru to be raised by Gabe's parents. When Gabe's parents also died a few years later, the two children, who are as close as siblings, lived together in various foster homes until the year they turn twelve, when they are separated for the first time. Dru goes to live in the home of Thomas and Ann Putman, while Gabe goes to live with Mary Putnam, Thomas's stepmother, whom Ann dislikes because she believes Thomas's stepmother and half-brother cheated him out of some of his inheritance. Ann Putnam, Dru's new adoptive mother, is a very strange and moody woman who at times spreads viscous lies and at other times weeps hysterically. However, Dru pities her because of Ann's great grief over the loss of several of her newborn babies. Three years pass, in which Dru and Gabe remain friends despite the feud between their two households, and even begin to develop deeper feelings for each other. Despite Mistress Putnam's strangeness, and the coldness of the oldest Putnam child, also named Ann, Dru loves caring for the younger Putnam children and is mostly content with her life. But the year 1692 changes all that. Hysteria comes to Salem Village, as young Ann Putnam and several other girls accuse many of the townspeople of being witches. Not wanting to turn her back on her adoptive family, Dru herself is drawn into the hysteria, but when she risks losing Gabe forever, she must find a way to end it all and bring order back to Salem Village. Time of the Witches is an excellent young adult novel that brings to life the Salem Witch Trials through the eyes of a girl caught in the middle and torn between conflicting loyalties. Anna Myers does an excellent job of showing just how hysteria overcame reason for so many people during the trials, leading them to turn on their neighbors just on the word of a few children. Readers who enjoy young adult historical fiction or who have a particular interest in the Salem Witch Trials are sure to enjoy this novel.
Hope Hecht More than 1 year ago
This book was goodish kind of. The story took awhile to pick up and when it did it wasn't as suspensful and dramatic as I thought it would be and I ended up stopping reading it for like a week. When I did finish it the ending between Drucilla and Gabe wasn't exactly as I hoped or imagined it. I wished there would have been a little more romance between them. I wouldn't recommend this unless your absolutely desperate for something to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What's it about and how old do you think you should be do read it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this booj one of the best books ive read wver i recommend it couldnt put it down it was so good
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was amazing!! I never wanted to put the book down and there was some parts in the story that gave me goosebumps. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read tjis work of art and i cry it is fantastic
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This is an ama- ZING book i love it so so so so so so so so much i am on ch 12 but i am reading it in a group and they wont let me read ahead..... but i am enyway!!! I luv this book. GET IT! that is all i can say
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing it was very descriptave and full of suspence in certain parts. I would defonatly recomend this book to others but you might need to know a little about the salem witch trials but overall AMAZING!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm on Chapter 9 and it has gotten very good. Tituba tells Drucilla that Mistress Putnam's(Drucilla's new mom) babies have been murdered. And I am getting to the part when they find out who murders the babies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover look amazing,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Amy Armet More than 1 year ago
I love learning about the witch trials. This book was so boring I never actually finished it. Nownit is sitting on my bookself collecting dust. The characters were boring and Dru wasnt the greatest protganist. I wish I didnt have to give this book any stars
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Drucilla is an orphan who longs for a family. When the Putnam's of Salem Village take her in, Dru thinks she's found the family she's dreamed of. But Mistress Putnam's behavior is strange, and when young girls begin to fall ill without explanation, there's talk of witchcraft. Soon the accusations are flying and Dru even makes one of her own. Innocent lives hang in the balance, and Dru must find a way to stop the madness. Myers does a fantastic job of bringing to life the events of the Salem Witch hunts and trials. Seamlessly weaving historical figures with fictional characters, TIME OF THE WITCHES draws the reader in and makes them feel like a participant in one of history's most tragic times. I absolutely loved this book and have added it to my re-read pile. Dru's story grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go as I discovered more and more about her life and times. Though I studied the Salem Witch trials in high school, I got more from this novel than I did from those weeks of study. Thanks to Myers, I better understand the reasoning behind these girls' accusations. This book would be great for use in a classroom to introduce Salem's darkest times as it gives the reader not only historical information, but also the human connection lacking in the history books. Bravo, Anna Myers. Bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has to be the worst book i have ever read! Its so bland and just plain BORING. Its just a was of time, money, and paper. Dont wast your money on this, but a better book!