Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #5 - Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights eagerly awaited upcoming releases.


This weeks selection is:
Wicked Girls: A novel of the Salem Witch Trials - Stephanie Hemphill
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
Hardcover, 416 pages
Release date: June 29th 2010.
Age Group: Young Adult

Wicked Girls is a fictionalized account of the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters, told from the perspective of three young women living in Salem in 1692—Mercy Lewis, Margaret Walcott, and Ann Putnam Jr.

When Ann’s father suggests that a spate of illnesses within the village is the result of witchcraft, Ann sees an opportunity and starts manifesting the symptoms of affliction. Ann looks up to Mercy, the beautiful servant in her parents' house. She shows Mercy the power that a young girl is capable of in a time when women were completely powerless. Mercy, who suffered abuse at the hands of past masters, seizes her only chance at safety. And Ann’s cousin Margaret, anxious to win the attention of a boy in her sights, follows suit. As the accusations mount against men and women in the community, the girls start to see the deadly ramifications of their actions. Should they finally tell the truth? Or is it too late to save this small New England town? 

Ever since I finished reading The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry I've been looking for books that are centered around The Salem Witch Trials.  This one sounds like it might just fit the bill.

What are your Waiting on Wednesday picks for this week? Share your links!

25 comments :

  1. Oh this sounds great! Have you read Witch Child by Celia Rees? You might like that.

    ReplyDelete
  2. @Rhiana - I haven't heard of that one. I'll check it out, thanks! :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. This book does sound amazing and I have had my eye on it for awhile. I can't wait till it comes out either....just in time for my summer vacation! Great pick this week!

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is definitely a book I want. I think I have read every fiction book written on this subject. My favorite is A Break with Charity, which I use to teach. Great WoW

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh wow. I've always been fascinated by this.

    Here is my WOW :)

    ReplyDelete
  6. @Jan - I've never heard of A Break with Charity. I'll check it out. I'd love more recommendations for books on this subject if you can provide any. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. This one sounds intriguing! Thanks for putting it on my radar...

    ReplyDelete
  8. This one looks great!! I like this subject a lot too, and I agree with Jan that a Break with Charity is fantastic!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I hadn't heard of this one, but it looks great!! Added it to my preorder list :-)
    Here's my WoW.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Ooh great pick!

    My WOW and review of Day For Night by Frederick Reiken are up at The Crowded Leaf.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm really looking forward to this one too. Great WoW pick! I don't know if I will like the main characters but it will be interesting to hear the story from their side rather than from the victims.

    ReplyDelete
  12. How funny that the first book in the series that I posted about today is titled Daisy Chain?!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

    ReplyDelete
  13. This sounds good. I've always been fascinated by the events in Salem. Nice pick!

    ReplyDelete
  14. @Lori - I noticed that too. Pretty funny! :)

    I think I've checked out everyone's picks for this week. Some great choices made, and a few added to my wishlist!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Great pick! Love anything to do with the witch trials, so I can't wait for this one either!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Haven't heard of this one, but it sounds good.

    My pick is at BookSake.

    ReplyDelete
  17. This one is on my wishlist as well ♥ Great pick!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Oh this looks awesome! Have you read Beyond the Burning Time? That's also a great with trials book!

    My pick is here if you'd like to stop by!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hi Rose, nope I haven't read that one either. I'll check it out! :)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I haven't heard of this one before, but I love reading about the Salem Witch Trials. Great pick!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Sound like this one could be pretty intense. Great choice!

    ReplyDelete
  22. I came across this book on Goodreads today and it's definitely on my wish list!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it!

If you are a book blogger and have taken the time to comment, I will make sure to come visit your blog and return the favour. :)

Please note: This blog is now an award free zone. Thanks to everyone who has awarded the blog in the past.

Related Posts with Thumbnails