Tuesday, September 4, 2012
WITCHES by Rosalyn Schanzer. National Geographic, 2011.
Schanzer relates the story of the mass hysteria in Salem, Massachusetts. From the religious zealots to the jealous neighbors, and the testimony of those involved, Schanzer brings readers directly to the time and place, into the courtroom and into history. An exploration of possible explanations for this hysterical behavior is provided readers without pointing to any one answer, letting kids know that sometimes the events of history remain shrouded in mystery. This is a perfect narrative nonfiction accompaniment to THE CRUCIBLE. <477>