Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review: The Book of Maggie Bradestreet

The Book of Maggie Bradstreet
Gretchen Gibbs
Copyright 2012

It's 1692 and Maggie is trying to make sense of all the trials of witches, she does not know what to believe at first, but when her best friend and her family are accused of being witches, Maggie decides to run away with Polly, and keep her safe, but soon Maggie's Father finds her, and is angry, because they were all worried, and Polly is forced into a jail full of accused witches.   Some have confessed because they fear the consequences of not doing so and it does not take long for Maggie to realize that not all of these people can be witches. 

It does not take long for Maggie's Father to be drawn into this mess and accused themselves, but they flee, trying hard to get away from the accusers.  They are not used to life on the road, in such hard conditions, because they are used to the luxuries they have at home but they make do.  They want to avoid being burned as witches, or drowned. 

When Maggie's Uncle finds them to tell them the news, she cannot make sense of why they had to hang her dog.  A lot of thing was making no sense to her, and she wishes she had never been so curious about the witches, the trials and all of that.

When they finally are able to return home Maggie discovers that though they are out of danger things have greatly changed, and somehow she must learn to accept those changes as hard as it is.

The Book of Maggie Bradstreet is a Historical fiction read, that I feel older children and young adults would enjoy if they are into historical fiction.  Five stars...

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