The Witchcraft of Salem Village

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Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community...

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Overview

Stories of magic, superstition, and witchcraft were strictly forbidden in the little town of Salem Village. But a group of young girls ignored those rules, spellbound by the tales told by a woman named Tituba.  When questioned about their activities, the terrified girls set off a whirlwind of controversy as they accused townsperson after townsperson of being witches. Author Shirley Jackson examines in careful detail this horrifying true story of accusations, trials, and executions that shook a community to its foundations.  

Describes the social and religious conditions surrounding the Salem witch hunts, the extensive trials and executions, and the aftermath of the hysteria.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394891767
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/28/1987
  • Series: Landmark Books Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 240,046
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1150L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirley Jackson (1916–1965), a celebrated writer of horror, wrote such classic novels as We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, as well as one of the most famous short stories in the English language, “The Lottery.” Her work has been adapted to film, television, and theater and has influenced such writers as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and Richard Matheson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Voracious Horror reader

    I've always loved this era as an example of just how evil organized religion, is. The infection these cults inflict on nonconformists and the weak, helpless, and of course their favorite scape goats, (Women) in particular.

    Im pretty sure anyone who made it past the fourth grade is aware of the this little peice of dark history. Why do folks who write reviews on these classic stories have to rewrite the book and call it a review? It ruins it for us who'd like to read a fictionional horror version by an authors ideals. Please stop ruining it for the rest of us!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Great book

    Since I am traveling to Salem this fall, I purchased this book to get a feel of the Salem witchcraft trials. I found it to be well written and am glad that I purchased it.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    5 Stars

    A group of girls who meet at the house of a pastor to hear tales of witchcraft from his slave, Tituba. Trouble and pandamonium strike in the at the climax of the book when the girls claim to have been cursed by a witch! This results in court cases and even hangings! This book is definatly unforgetable. Not only does it have an amazing plot, but it follows a lot of important historical events too!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Great reading and history lesson

    I really enjoyed this. It was very captivating and educational. Written in a way that really described what took place.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2001

    This book is great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The Witchcraft of Salem Village is aboout a group of girls who meet in their pastor's house. The pastor has a slave named Tituna ( I forget) and in the middle of the book, the girls become totured by witches. And I don't want to spoil this book for you, those who have it, but in the end, a lot of people are hanged. This book is really great if you live in Massachusetts because that's where the story takes place. Well, I'd reccomend this book for children ages 8 & up.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    cant wait

    love it

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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