Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Eyecatcher: Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

Wicked Girls 
by Stephanie Hemphill
ISBN: 9780061853289
Release Date: June 29, 2010

from the publisher's site: 
What started out as girls' games became a witch hunt. Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials told from the perspectives of three of the real young women living in Salem in 1692. 

Ann Putnam Jr. plays the queen bee. When her father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann grasps her opportunity. She puts in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of the people around her forever. 

Mercy Lewis, the beautiful servant in Ann's house, inspires adulation in some and envy in others. With a troubled past, she seizes her only chance at safety. 

Margaret Walcott, Ann's cousin, is desperately in love and consumed with fiery jealousy. She is torn between staying loyal to her friends and pursuing the life she dreams of with her betrothed. 

With new accusations mounting daily against the men and women of the community, the girls will have to decide: Is it too late to tell the truth? 

A Printz Honor winner for Your Own, sylvia, Stephanie Hemphill uses evocative verse to weave a nuanced portrait of one of the most chilling and fascinating times in our nation's history. 

why it caught my eye: 

This one was sent to me in HarperTeen's HipLit newsletter. As soon as I saw that it dealt with the Salem Witch Trials I knew I had to check it out. I've always been fascinated by that whole event. It's a sad, disturbing time in our history. I'm really curious to see how Stephanie Hemphill handles this story.

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