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A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials | [Ann Rinaldi]

A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials

Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the group, the malicious Ann Putnam, is about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. When Susanna puts the pieces together, she faces a painful choice.
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Publisher's Summary

Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn’t realize is that the leader of the group, the malicious Ann Putnam, is about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. When Susanna puts the pieces together, she faces a painful choice. She can keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or she can “break charity” with the group—and risk having her family named as witches.

©2013 Ann Rinaldi (P)2013 AudioGO

What the Critics Say

"Rich with details…A Break with Charity portrays an excruciating era in American history from a unique perspective, and it will be enjoyed by readers who enjoy psychology, the supernatural, and history." (School Library Journal)

"Rinaldi’s research is flawless and her period familiarity striking, but her strongest power is as a storyteller." (Children’s Literature)

"A graceful blend of fiction and history.... The artful placement of Susannah as an observer provides a 360-degree view of the causes and effects of inexplicable mass persecution. At the same time, the author’s quiet, factual style stands in a soothing contrast to her inherently shocking and histrionic subject matter. Finely tuned, well researched, and very accessible, this novel ranks with Rinaldi’s finest work." (Publishers Weekly)

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    AngelGirlrn 10-01-13
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    "Captivating Story, Interesting Subject Matter"
    Would you listen to A Break with Charity again? Why?

    Yes, I very much enjoyed the novel. Both the subject matter and the story are captivating and the author is able to draw readers in and keep them listening/turning pages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main character is this story is flawed, just like everyone else. She makes choices in her life and then must live with the consequences of those choices. The story did not necessarily have a happy ending and was aptly able to convey a moral.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Susanna is chastised by Joseph for not coming forward earlier. She made some obvious errors in judgement, doing the wrong things to protect her family. Joseph did a good job acting as a conscience and evoking an emotional response in the reader, feeling the position Susanna had been out in.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Susanna decides to let go of her anger and hate and forgive Ann Putnam. She seems to have realized that not letting go would continue to be a blight upon her own life.


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    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 11-30-14
    Teadrinker Oak Ridge, NJ, United States 11-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    I listened to this in the car on the way to Salem with my daughter, to get the full experience. The book was good; Salem (around Halloween) good for those under 12, perhaps. The definitive book, Salem Possessed, explains it for adults (it was political). I'm so glad I was born in the 20th century . . . .

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    Brooke 08-22-14
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Break with Charity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator does a pretty good job of bringing the characters to life, her interpretation of the personality of the story if pretty good.


    Which character – as performed by Laura Hicks – was your favorite?

    Susanna English


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