Monday, June 25, 2012

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

This is the first that I have read of the Salem Witch Trials and I was horrified that such an event could come from young girls and their fanciful stories.  This story is told by nine year-old Sarah Carrier.  Her mother Martha Carrier was one of the first women accused, convicted and hung as a witch in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600’s.  Not only is this the story of a horrific event in US history, but it is sweeping family saga.

Kathleen Kent is actually the tenth great-granddaughter of Martha Carrier. These stories were told in her family all through her life. I am so glad she decided to tell them to us in a way that is gripping and compelling.

4 stars (Rated PG-13 for horrific details)

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