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I recently finished "The Sacrifice" by Kathleen Benner Duble. It was one of the new books ordered for our library this summer.
"The Sacrifice" was set during the time of the Salem Witch Trials and was very intereting. It was based on actual events from the author's ancestors. She changed some things for the sake of the story but at the end of the book she discussed what she changed and what actually happened to her relatives. It was fascinating to read not only what actually took place during that time but also the awful conditions those poor "witches" had to survive in. Very sad!
Specifically, this book is about Abigail and her family. I don't know that it ever said exactly how old Abby was, but based on the context I'd guess her early teen years. Members of Abby's family are accused of being witches (I won't give it away by saying who was actually accused) and were sent to jail. If you were just accused you were sent into the awful, cold, run down jail. When your trial eventually came around then you could try to prove yourself innocent, which was very hard to do. You could always be released though by reporting the person who taught you to be a witch- even if it wasn't really true.
So the struggle is, do you say you're not a witch and get killed if they don't believe you (which they had yet to believe anyone)? Do you say you're a witch and stay in jail forever? Or do you accuse someone else of teaching you your witchcraft and be freed but in the process send another innocent person to jail?
Read The Sacrifice to find out what Abby's family did and then come back to tell us what you thought of it!