Wicked Girls: A novel of the Salem Witch Trials
Wicked Girls: A novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill is a very unique book. It is a fictionalized story about the Salem witch trials based on the real historical characters. This book is written in free verse, and told from the perspective of three girls who were actually involved in what happened in Salem; Ann Putnam Jr. who is twelve, Mercy Lewis who is seventeen, and Margaret Walcott who is also seventeen. They face many challenges such as catching the attention of a boy, reaching safety, and if they should finally tell the truth or not to save the small New England town. Stephanie Hemphill has been writing, studying and presenting poetry for adults and children at the University of Illinois in classrooms, and at conferences across the country with Writer's at Work. She also received an award from The Academy of American Poets here. She enjoys baking and crafts, but never truly got far with either of these. She is also a huge sports fan, including football, baseball, hockey, golf, and basketball. Stephanie Hemphill's first novel in poems, Things Left Unsaid, was awarded the 2006 Myra Cohn Livingston Award for Excellence in Poetry by the Children's Literature Council of Southern California. Her second novel, Your Own, Sylvia, received
a 2008 Printz Honor and the 2008 Myra Cohn Livingston Award. Stephanie's latest book, Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials, has received 5 starred reviews. Stephanie currently lives in both Chicago and Los Angeles. This book had three main characters. Ann Putnam Jr. who is twelve, Mercy Lewis who is seventeen, and Margaret Walcott who is also seventeen. Ann is the “queen bee”. She causes a chain of events that changes the lives of people around her that also affect the whole town. This is because her dad suggested that the illnesses within the town is the result of witchcraft, so she grabbed her opportunity. Mercy Lewis is the servant in Ann’s...
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