Margaret K. McElderry Publishing;
a division of Simon & Schuster, October 2005.
Jacket Illustration © 2005 Kamil Vojnar.
ISBN: 0-689-87650-5 Price: $15.95 (Hardback)
ISBN: 0-689-87651-3 Price: $5.99 (Paperback)
ISBN: 0-7862-9424-8 Price: $15.95 (Large Print)
This books is available as an ebook


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In the year 1692, life changes forever for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner and her family. In Salem, Massachusetts, witches have been found, and widespread fear and panic reign mere miles from Abigail’s home of Andover. When two girls are brought from Salem to identify witches in Andover, suspicion sweeps the town as well-respected members of the community are accused of witchcraft. It isn’t long before chaos consumes Andover, and the Faulkners find themselves in the center of it all when friend turns against friend, neighbor against neighbor, in a desperate fight for the truth.

At the heart of this gripping story are Abigail and her sister, Dorothy, who together must find a way to perservere during a period marked by terror, adversity and ignorance.

Told from Abigail’s point of view and based on actual events in the author’s own family history, The Sacrifice, offers a unique perspective of the Salem witch trials by delving into the devastating effects the trials had not just in Salem but throughout Massachusetts.

★ Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth
★ 2007 Nominee ALA Best Book for Young Adults
★ Jefferson Cup “Worthy of Note” Book
★ KSRC Middle School Titles - Top Pick
★ PSLA Top Ten (Or So) Young Adult Books
★ Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Nominee
★ Keystone State Reading Association Young Adult Book Nominee
★ Booklist – Starred Review
★ School Library Guild Selection
★ Winter 2005/2006 Book Sense Children’s Picks
★ William Allen White Children’s Book Award Nominee
★ Virginia Young Readers’ Award Nominee
★ Nevada Young Readers’ Award Nominee
★ New Jersey Librarians’ Pick of the Decade
★ Great Stone Face Award Nominee
★ SSYA Nominee
★ Massachusetts Children’s Book Award

“What was it like to be accused during the Salem witch hunts in 1692? Duble brings the history close through the viewpoint of Abigail, 10, who is accused of working with the devil, imprisoned and tried along with her older sister. The social history is intensely dramatic: the spread of fear and hatred; the horrific conditions in the packed cell; with the accusers ‘moaning and groaning and screaming for the accused to stop tormenting them.’ But it is the story of one young girl and her family that will grab readers … The surprising climax of family sacrifice is heartrending.” - BOOKLIST – STARRED REVIEW

“How could so much evil exist in such a little town? It seems the devil has come to nearby Salem Village and several young girls are accusing neighbors of being witches, with three women already convicted. This is not the best time for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner to have been punished in the stocks for her willful behavior, or for her father to be having fits again. Though Abigail’s grandfather, Andover’s minister, believes the girls are acting, their performances pure sport, powerful people believe them, and when the girls are called to Andover to root out witches there, the madness continues. Duble does a superb job of showing how the hysteria develops and how innocent people were trapped. She vividly evokes the horrors of the Salem Town Prison, with the cold, the lack of food and the rats sometime killing people off before trial dates ever arrived. One of the best fictional accounts for young readers about the witch trials and how good people eventually fought back.”

A good place to find out more about the witch trials is to visit Salem, MA. Try out this website:


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