A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials

by Ann Rinaldi

A frightening portrait of the mass hysteria behind the notorious Salem witch trials—based on historical accounts.

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780547351551
  • ISBN-10: 0547351550
  • Pages: 272
  • Publication Date: 04/29/1994

About the book

Susanna English desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage, but she doesn’t realize the leader of the group, the malicious Ann Putnam, is about to set off a torrent of false accusations that will lead to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people—victims of a witch-hunt panic. 


“The author’s skillful manipulation of the conventions of the young-adult novel—particularly the rich exploration of being an outsider and going against the mainstream—makes this book a superb vehicle for examining the social dynamics of this legendary event.” —The Horn Book

About the author
Ann Rinaldi

ANN RINALDI is an award-winning author best known for bringing history vividly to life. A self-made writer and newspaper columnist for twenty-one years, Ms. Rinaldi attributes her interest in history to her son, who enlisted her to take part in historical reenactments up and down the East Coast. She lives with her husband in central New Jersey. 


"An enthralling, authentic story . . . Rinaldi at her best."--Kirkus Reviews

"A graceful blend of fiction and history . . . Finely tuned, well researched and very accessible, this novel ranks with Rinaldi's finest work."--Publishers Weekly