Booktalk: Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill

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Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials
by Stephanie Hemphill

In the form of poetry, the author retells the story of the Salem witch trails, this time from the point of view of the accusers.  What could make a group of teenagers turn against the men and women in their community?  Was it really magic?  Or something much more sinister?

Tips: 

  • This is unique for both its format (poetry) and its point of view.  As a result, this works as a great introduction to poetic prose, historical fiction, and the Salem Witch Trials.
  • When we introduced this title to classes, some asked us to explain what the witch trials were so be prepared to give a brief introduction.  Your state may teach this segment of American History that year or the next, so it doesn’t hurt to be vaguely aware of when they will be getting more information about this subject.
  • There are so many great books written about this subject so if it piques someone’s interest, be prepared and have a few related titles on hand.
  • The poetic prose format is also widely popular and as such, you should be aware of similiar titles.  This is also useful for making students more comfortable with the work.
  • Despite its historical context, it is easy to get into this novel, no matter how much you already know about the time period .

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