I give this book:
A highly compelling and well researched story, The Heretic's Daughter is about the real life persecutions of an alleged witch, Martha Carrier, and her family that occurred in colonial Massachusetts in the early 1600s during the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
As an actual descendant of the real Martha Carrier, Kent does a tremendous job of telling her ancestor's story, as well as that of the hundreds of other men, women and children who were accused, "tried" and/or executed for supposedly practicing the devil's magic during this historical time of mass hysteria and paranoia.
I actually read this book over spring break while I was on a road trip down south. Toward the end of the trip when I was starting to get a little "vacationed out," I found myself looking forward to the end of each day when I could return to the hotel room and lay in bed just to read this book.
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In addition to all of the different book reviews I am required to write for my readers' advisory course this semester, I also have to produce two book talk videos of titles from a genre of my choosing. For the first of my book talk videos, I chose the historical fiction bestseller, The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent.
Tessa Fox is a 25-year-old Youth Services Librarian and Early Literacy Specialist at the Grayslake Area Public Library in Grayslake, Illinois. After working in the journalism and publishing fields, Tessa decided to dedicate her life to books and public librarianship, and went back to school to get her Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she graduated in December 2016. Tessa has been working in public libraries for the past three years.
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