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A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials
A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials

Rhetoric Level Literature
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Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people.

Susanna faces a painful choice. Should she keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or should she "break charity" with the group--and risk having her own family members named as witches?

Although this book is written as historical fiction it is heavily based on the facts of the Salem witch trials. This thought-provoking novel avoids the usual sensationalism and temptation to blame this infamous event on the past. Ann Rinaldi highlights the unique environment in which the people of Salem lived, but also points out that our human nature is capable of great evil when we "break with charity."

A reader's guide is included at the end of the book which includes excellent open-ended discussion questions to help process the complex issues involved in this troubling event in American history.