The Burning Time by Carol Matas
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Set against the backdrop of sixteenth-century witch trials in France, Rose Rivas is forced to make a choice between abandoning her imprisoned mother and saving her own life, or facing the terrors of the torture chamber and execution.
 

About Carol Matas

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Writer Carol Matas was born in Canada in 1949. Matas was an actress and currently teaches writing. Matas is best known for her historical adventures. These often feature young people caught up in the world's problems. "Daniel's Story," about a young Jewish boy in Nazi Germany, was short-listed for the 1993 Governor General's Award and the 1994 Ruth Schwartz Award and won the Silver Birch Award. Lisa won the Geoffrey Bilson Award and was a New York Times Book Review Notable of 1989.
 
Published September 1, 1994 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 113 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Matas (Daniel's Story, 1993, etc.) depicts the persecution of women accused of witchcraft in a 16th-century French village.

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Matas's execution of a historical tale about a 15-year-old girl whose mother is accused of witchcraft in 16th-century France is ""feverish"" and ""extreme,"" said PW, but the ""overweening injustice"" in the story ""may grab YA audiences."" Ages 12-up.

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As she did in Daniel's Story, Matas insists on casting her protagonist in every scene, and she seeks out the extreme: Rose watches the vicious torture of her mother, eavesdrops on the judge's deliberations with the lewd priest, sneaks in and out of her mother's jail cell.

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