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I Walk in Dread, the Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness (Dear America (Reissues)) Hardcover – Oct 2004

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (Oct. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439249732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439249737
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,671,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on 7 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
deliverrance trembly and her sister, mem, live in salem when the infamous salem witch trials take place, she befriends one of the accused, martha corey, when goody corey is accused,her whole world is opened up to the truth, that the 'afflicted' are doing it for sport and that the magistrates are basically, rather dumb, towards the end of the book, she has a bit of a temper.

I really liked this book, I got a lot of Dear america books for christmas, and this is one of my favorites, liv was quite a bit like me, I would rate it more that five stars, if that was an option.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d7ecc54) out of 5 stars The infamous Salem 22 Sept. 2004
By hiphopgirl_1000 - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Twelve-year-old Deliverance Trembley lives on a farm in a regular town called Salem Village in the state of Massachusettes. The year is 1691 and Deliverance is living alone with her sister Mem, a sicky seventeen-year-old. Their cruel uncle has left them to fend for themselves, even though he is suppose to be taking care of them since Deliverance's parents are dead and her brother is gone in the military. Deliverance worries constantly that the neighbors will be suspicious that her uncle is not home. However soon her worries are not that simple anymore. The landscape in Salem is changing and the events to follow will change the town forever. When some girls in Salem Village come down with a weird illness, some young girls beginning accusing other townspeople of witchcraft. Soon even Deliverance's friend Goody is accused. Deliverance beings to feel that something must be up and innocent people are being accused. Will this mass panic ever come to an end.

I was really looking forward to the Dear America book on the Salem Witch Trials. I have always been a big fan of the stories of that period. Everybody knows about the Salem Witch Trials. Granted, myths have popped up everywhere about it. If you enjoyed this diary, I recommend you reading Celia Ree's Witch Child, another book about witch hunting. The sequel to that book is also a nice read.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8eaa903c) out of 5 stars Wonderful new Dear America book. 16 Sept. 2004
By Rebecca Herman - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Deliverance Trembley, who is twelve years old, begins her diary in December 1691. She lives with her sickly seventeen-year-old sister, Mem, on a farm in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Their uncle, who is supposed to be caring for the girls now that they are orphans and their older brother is away with the militia, has gone to sea and ordered the girls to let no one know he has gone away. Deliverance worries the neighbors will find out the truth and hates to have to lie. But when girls in Salem Village begin to behave strangely, and are said to be bewitched, Deliverance has even bigger worries. Are there truly witches in Salem Village, doing the Devil's work? Or is the mass hysteria sweeping through the village leading to the accusations of innocent people?

I loved this new book in the Dear America series, and I highly recommend it to readers who are fans of the series, or who like historical fiction about the Salem Witch Trials. I'd been hoping for a while that there would be a book in the series about this topic, and I wasn't disappointed at all by this book. The author did a great job at bringing the events in Salem in 1692 to life.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d42e120) out of 5 stars An Excellent Historical Fiction Novel 14 July 2005
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I Walk in Dread is an excellent, skillfully written novel. It follows the story of Deliverance Trembley, a twelve-year-old Puritan girl living in Salem Village, Massachusetts, with her older sister Remembrance and their uncle. They live with their unlce because the rest of their family was killed or taken captive during an Indian raid in Maine, so they have moved to Massachusetts. One day their uncle leaves and tells Deliverance and Remembrance, nicknamed Liv and Mem, not to tell anyone he has left them unattended. But when the two girls are living alone without their uncle for many months, after he has seemingly abandoned them, strange events begin to happen. A small group of girls who were once tight friends soon become known as "the afflicted." The girls often succumb to paranormal symptoms, such as fits of seizures and flying about in crazy contortions and positions. The folk of Salem begin to whisper that it is the work of the Devil and his witches, and soon enough the girls name the witches attacking them.

After the examinations of the women accused takes place, Deliverance hates the women with a hot passion, but when the girls accuse a newfound dear frined of Deliverance's, she slowly starts to doubt the girls' truthfulness.

For many religious people, the subject of the Salem Witch Trials is touchy, mostly because it displays some of the faults of the Church. This book does not hesitate to give the straight facts of the incidents of Salem. The main character of this novel is extremely likable because she seems to be the sole person to have a connection with her brain in the entire village, for she is the only one that sees the glaring errors in the girls' accusations and stories. Deliverance is also very intelligent and observant, and my favorite quote from one of her diary entries is: "Common sense is not so common around here." This dearly speaks the truth of this entire event of colonial America, because I myself have always believed that the whole witch hunt was a just a bunch of bored girls who wanted to have a little fun. And then their child's play of... "jolly good fun" turned into a killing spree of innocent people.

Although many of Deliverance's entries are often repetitive, what with the girls just naming countless more witches, this novel is suspenseful and interesting nonetheless. I would definitely call it one of the better books in the Dear America series. So many things could have gone wrong with this book, and yet the author, Lisa Rowe Fraustino, held it together and did an excellent job.

This may just be the book that could get people hooked on the Dear America series!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d666b70) out of 5 stars Another historical gem from Dear America 12 Oct. 2011
By Kellee M. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Dear America is such a great series because it takes historical events, puts the reader right in the middle and makes sure to stay as true as can be to the historical events. I Walk in Dread is no different and actually, it is one of the most accurately historical books about the Salem Witch Trials that I have read. Ms. Fraustino discusses in the afterword how she researched primary sources trying to find the truth behind all of the gossip and myths that exist about the trials.

Deliverance (Liv) Trombley is our narrator and lives with her sister Rememberance (Mem) in a home with their uncle. Their uncle has left to go whaling, so Liv and Mem are holding down the house while waiting for him to return. It is during this time that the witch trials begin. Liv Trombley (Deliverance) is fictional as well as her sister and one other family in the book, most of who she interacts with is not. I found it interesting that she decided to write the diary from the point of view of a girl in the village, not of an accused or accuser, though it allows the reader to see the events from an outside point of view.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A Kid's Review - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Liv's life is very sad. Her dearest role model is accused of being a witch. I cried when I read parts of this book. I wish we had read this book in Middle School! I think the other students would have really liked it. I know I did! I liked it so much that I'm trying to write my own 'Dear America' book about the Salem Witch Trials. The working title is 'Witness to Insanity: The Diary Of Rebecca Goode'.
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