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Beyond the Burning Time (Point Signature) [Paperback]

Kathryn Lasky
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US; Reissue edition (Sep 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590473328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590473323
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 10.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,553,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When, in the winter of 1691, accusations of witchcraft surface in her small New England village, twelve-year-old Mary Chase fights to save her mother from execution.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathryn Lasky was MAGNIFICENT!!! 28 July 1999
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This wonderfully written novel is a great way to show what life was like in Salem, MA in 1692. Although most of the characters are fictional, you will be surprised to find out who really lived in those times in this book. When you reead this book, you will feel as if you are Mary Chase on her quest to save her mother from being killed for the use of witchcraft.
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Beyond the Burning Time brings the Salem Witch Trials alive for young adults. The book's heroine, twelve-year-old Mary Chase, lives outside of Salem Village. She works hard with her widowed mother on their farm and witnesses the mad accusations of witches as an outsider. Mary is interested in all of the happenings of Salem Village, but her mother wisely does not allow her from having anything to do with the hysteria. As the denunciations increase to name some of the most upstanding women in Salem, Mary's very own mother is accused. Mary's mother urges her to leave Salem in precaution against someone crying out upon her and she is hidden by her older brother, Caleb, who is working as an apprentice to a ship's carpenter. Caleb and Mary plan to release their mother aided by Captain Eli Coatsworth, a daring sea captain. The three construe an elaborate plan and the dangerous rescue is successful. The Chase family and Captain Coatsworth flee to Jamaica where Captain Coatsworth and Mrs. Chase marry.
Beyond the Burning Time is a wonderful novel for adolescent girls. Besides being a thought-provoking historical romance, its main character experiences many feelings and yearnings common to teenage girls. The book details Mary's desire to fit in with her peers, to be considered an adult, to be able to do the things a boy her same age can do, and to accomplish seemingly impossible things. Although some boys who love history would enjoy this book, it is of particular interest to girls who will identify with Mary Chase.
Mary struggles to fit in with other girls her age. She feels like an outsider because the other girls live in town and she lives on the town's outskirts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great! 23 July 1999
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This book really gave me an up-close look at the Salem witch trials and what went on there-from the perspective of a girl my own age. I couldn't stop reading!
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was very true to the real sad time. 11 July 1998
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Format:Library Binding
Having read this book twice, I have come to be very interested in the late 1600's and other historical times. As I read, I came to know each character better and better and understand their reasons. I felt as if Mary Chase was someone whom I had known forever, yet it was only 4 days. When the book became very detailed with gore, I realized, that this really happened. People were really forced to live like this. I totally recommend this book to many history loving teens (such as myself) with much enthusiasm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FABULUS!!! 10 Jun 1999
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This was the best book I have read in a long time. It has great information on the Salem witch hunt, a tragic time in history, yet it isn't too factual. I give it five stars because it was soo interesting and not full of facts.
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