Monday, August 8, 2011

Book review: Dear America: I Walk in Dread by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

Dear America: I Walk in Dread by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (New edition published by Scholastic, September 1, 2011; originally published in 2004)

Deliverance Trembley, who is twelve years old, begins her diary in December 1691. She lives with her sickly seventeen-year-old sister, Mem, on a farm in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Their uncle, who is supposed to be caring for the girls now that they are orphans and their older brother is away with the militia, has gone to sea and ordered the girls to let no one know he has gone away. Deliverance worries the neighbors will find out the truth and hates that she has to lie.

When girls in Salem Village begin to behave strangely, and are said to be bewitched, Deliverance has even bigger worries. Are there truly witches in Salem Village, doing the Devil's work? Or is the mass hysteria sweeping through the village leading to the accusations of innocent people?

I read this book when it was first published and really enjoyed it, and I recommend it to readers who are fans of the Dear America series, or who like historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials. I'd been hoping for a while that there would be a book in the series about this topic, and I wasn't disappointed at all by this book. The author did a great job at bringing the events in Salem in 1692 to life.

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