Synopses & Reviews
In 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, witnessed one of the saddest and most inexplicable chapters in American history. andlt;BRandgt; When a group of girls came down with a horrible, mysterious bout of illness, the town doctor looked in his medical books but failed to find a reasonable diagnosis. Pretty soon everyone in town was saying the same thing: The girls were ill because they were under a spell, the spell of witchcraft! And still, the question remains: Why did the hysteria occur? The townspeople had many things to worry about back then: smallpox, strife with the local Indians, a preacher demanding higher wages, and the division of land in the community. But did all of those problems justify a witch hunt? andlt;BRandgt; Become a detective as you read this true story, study the clues, and try to understand the hysteria! The Unsolved Mystery from History series is written by acclaimed author Jane Yolen and former private investigator Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. This is an innovative history lesson that's sure to keep kids thinking throughout.
In the fourth book of their Unsolved Mystery from History series, the mother-and-daughter duo tackle Puritan New England's biggest mystery: the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Full color.
About the Author
Poet, novelist, storyteller, and picture book author Jane Yolen has won five awards for her body of work in children's literature: the Regina Medal, the Kerlan Award, the Keene State Award, the Boston Public Library's Literary Lights for Children Award, and the Anna V. Zarrow Award. Her many books include Owl Moon, which won the Caldecott Medal, Moon Ball, The Wolf Girls, The Mary Celeste, and Roanoke: The Lost Colony. Her daughter, Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, has worked as a parole officer and a private investigator, and wrote Dear Mothers, Dear Daughters with Jane Yolen, as well as the books in the Unsolved Mystery from History series. Jane and Heidi both live in Hatfield, Massachusetts.Roger Roth has illustrated The Wolf Girls, The Mary Celeste, and Roanoke: The Lost Colony in the Unsolved Mystery from History series, as well as many other books for young readers. His work has been exhibited at the Society of Illustrators and has appeared in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He resides in Springfield, Pennsylvania.