Beyond the Burning Time by Kathryn Lasky

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A courageous young girl confronts the hysterical townspeople of Salem when her mother is accused of witchcraft and condemned to death, in an exploration of the motives behind a dark period in American history.

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Kathryn Lasky was born in Indianapolis, Indiana on June 24, 1944, and knew she wanted to be a writer from the time she was ten. She majored in English in college and after graduation wrote for various magazines and taught. Her first book, I Have Four Names for My Grandfather, was published while she was teaching. She has written more than seventy books for children and young adults on everything from historical fiction to picture books and nonfiction books including the Dear America books and the Guardians of Ga'Hoole series. Many of her books are illustrated with photographs by her husband, Christopher Knight. She has received many awards for her titles including Sugaring Time which was a Newberry Honor Book; The Night Journey which won the National Jewish Book Award for Children; Pageant which was an ALA Notable Children's book; and Beyond the Burning Time which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. She has also received the Washington Post's Children's Book Guild Award for her contribution to children's nonfiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Published October 1, 1994 by Scholastic Trade. 272 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nearly two-thirds into the book, Mary's mother is accused, and Mary becomes a fugitive, hidden away by her older brother, Caleb, an apprentice ship's carpenter.

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An awesome mom of 1692, for example, spouts such pronouncements as ``All parents must learn to let go of their children.'' The foulest witchcraft in the book goes unremarked by Lasky, whose protagonist Mary Chase has worked with her mare since it was ``just a colt.'' It is wondrous, too, that a S...

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By turns exciting and horrifying, Kathryn Lasky's novel tells the story of Mary and Caleb Chase's race to save their mother, who must escape from Salem or be hanged as a witch.

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This point aside, Lasky's novel is a riveting read that even many reluctant readers will find hard to put down.

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