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Time of the Witches Hardcover – September 15, 2009
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About the Author
Anna Myers is the author of more than one dozen books, including, most recently, Wart. Tulsa Burning was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and Assassin was an Oklahoma Book Award winner. Anna lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Three years pass, in which Dru and Gabe remain friends despite the feud between their two households, and even begin to develop deeper feelings for each other. Despite Mistress Putnam's strangeness, and the coldness of the oldest Putnam child, also named Ann, Dru loves caring for the younger Putnam children and is mostly content with her life. But the year 1692 changes all that. Hysteria comes to Salem Village, and young Ann Putnam and other girls accuse many of the townspeople of being witches. Not wanting to turn her back on her adoptive family, Dru herself is drawn into the hysteria, but when she risks losing Gabe forever, she must find a way to end it all and bring order back to Salem Village.Read more ›
Drucilla is an orphan who longs for a family. When the Putnam's of Salem Village take her in, Dru thinks she's found the family she's dreamed of.
But Mistress Putnam's behavior is strange, and when young girls begin to fall ill without explanation, there's talk of witchcraft. Soon the accusations are flying and Dru even makes one of her own. Innocent lives hang in the balance, and Dru must find a way to stop the madness.
Myers does a fantastic job of bringing to life the events of the Salem Witch hunts and trials. Seamlessly weaving historical figures with fictional characters, TIME OF THE WITCHES draws the reader in and makes them feel like a participant in one of history's most tragic times.
I absolutely loved this book and have added it to my re-read pile. Dru's story grabbed hold of me and wouldn't let go as I discovered more and more about her life and times. Though I studied the Salem Witch trials in high school, I got more from this novel than I did from those weeks of study. Thanks to Myers, I better understand the reasoning behind these girls' accusations.
This book would be great for use in a classroom to introduce Salem's darkest times as it gives the reader not only historical information, but also the human connection lacking in the history books. Bravo, Anna Myers. Bravo.
Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
"Mama, I want to charge Rose as a witch."
"That is ridiculous my dear," said her mother. "Rose cannot be a witch. The girl still owes us a year of service. Maybe next year (Time of the Witches, p. 162)."
Welcome to the absurdity of the Salem Witch trials, a dark period in America's history. Nineteen innocent men and women were killed as witches; killed without proof other than the flimsy accusations of a group of young girls. "Time of the Witches" is an attempt to consider the possible causes of the trials, and just how an entire town could have been caught up in a witch frenzy.
Drucilla, the protagonist of "Time of the Witches," is born as her mother dies. She is first fostered with another family, which includes her best friend, Gabe. The two were born at the same time, and were raised as brother and sister. But when Gabe's parents die as well, the two are orphans and live with other families in Salem Village. When they are twelve, the two are separated, and Dru goes to live with the Putnams. Ann Putnam's behavior is quite odd, as is her daughter's, but she accepts Dru as a member of the family and even has the girl call her "mother."
Ann Putnam's puzzling behavior (crying fits, suicide attempts, etc.) is attributed to the loss of several children. Early in Dru's time with the family the woman loses yet another baby, sending her spiraling into a deep depression, convinced that someone is murdering her babies. While Dru knows that the Putnam family is abnormal, she does her best to make Ann Putnam feel better - after all, the woman calls Dru her daughter.Read more ›
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I think this book was expertly written. It pulls you in from the beginning and makes you feel like you are right in the 1600's!Published 2 months ago by Tayler Beanblossom
Amazing I love it Anna Myers is a great writer and author
I love the end of the book. amazing work!
It was instant it downloaded. It was easy to read and figure out the content. It worked really well for my book report.Published on February 2, 2013 by cp
My 10 year old daughter read this book as part of the AR program, and she still raves about it. She wishes there was a sequel.Published on November 4, 2012 by Sleestak13
There has been much speculation as to the mass panic that caused the Salem Witch Trials. TIME OF THE WITCHES takes fictional characters and adds them to historical figures to give... Read morePublished on November 30, 2010 by J. Kaye Oldner
Drucilla has never really had a family of her own. Her mother died giving birth to her in the same room, at the same time, her best friend Gabriel was also being born. Read morePublished on June 7, 2010 by Laura R.
In the Time of the Witches, Anna Myers has taken the 1962-63 Salem Trials and built a story around it. The events in this book actually happened. Read morePublished on February 12, 2010 by BooksatVioletCrush