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Duble, Kathleen Benner.
THE SACRIFICE
New York : M.K. McElderry, c2005.
IL 5-8, RL 5.2
ISBN 0689876505
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What would you do if you were accused of a crime that you did not do by someone you do not know and then they threw you into prison?  What if that prison was so horrible that people died from starvation, cold and disease within 6 months, even before they had their trial?  Well, that is what happened to the people in Andover, Massachusetts during the Salem Witch Trials.  Abigail is a spirited 10 year-old girl who loves to run in the fields with her friends.  But that activity is forbidden and she is marked as a troublemaker in her town.  Her Aunt Elizabeth was accused of being a witch and sent to jail and then Abigail and her older sister, Dorothy, were also accused.  When Abigail and Dorothy arrived at the jail, they were put in the same cell as their aunt along with several others.  The girls could not even recognize their aunt because she looked so ill.  This story tells about life in those awful jails and how family members sacrificed themselves so that their children could be set free.  A chilling story based upon actual events that happened to the authorís ancestors.      (New Hampshire Great Stone Face nominee, 2007-2008)
SUBJECTS:     Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Sisters -- Fiction.
                        Witchcraft -- Fiction.
                        Puritans -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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