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