Sunday, October 21, 2007

History and Halloween in Salem

I had a great day in Salem, MA on Saturday. Ever since I visited Salem one October with my Girl Scouts a few years ago it has become a tradition to visit around Halloween. This year my family stayed for an evening presentation of the Spirits of the House of Seven Gables. It was terrific. Wonderful costumed actors performed bits and pieces from the House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne throughout the house. The town itself was spirited! What a mix of history and hoax! Celebration and scare!

Here's a few historical fiction reads inspired by the Salem witch trials that are perfect for your nightstand these nights before Halloween.

Witch Child - by Celia Rees
The Sacrifice - by Kathleen Benner Duble
Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky
I Walk In Dread: The Diary of Deliverence Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials (A Dear America book) by Lisa Rowe Fraustino

And for a little fact with all that great fiction read Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials by historian Marc Aronson.

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