"This is a perfect book for the middle school student of history. The young students inquisitive mind can learn quickly the basics of this fascinating part of American history. All of the key facts, coupled with the graphic novel approach provide for a good understanding and entertaining view of history, that literally comes to life. The colorful, illustrations by Brian Bascle are dramatic and full of expression depicting the torment and anguish of the accussed. The righteouness, almost to the point of evil, of the accussers is likewise portrayed graphically. Included is a small glossary, internet sites for further study and a bibliography. There are several books suggested for further reading like Witch-Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials. This book is perfect for a student whose first language is not English or the reluctant reader. Recommended for middle school and community libraries." Enrique Torres said.
"Graphic Library continues its bizarre series about events in US history with this offering. Intended for kids, SWT will prompt more questions than it answers and probably scare the devil out of its young readers without offering comfort. The book gives the brief outline of the gruesome tale: girls "gone wild", accusations by village elders, jailings, conclusions about demonic possession, hangings. What is scary for the reader is the inconclusive nature of the narration. Is the Devil real? Were the girls faking or insane? Why did adults believe them? And scariest of all, why were those who passed a test (reciting the Lord's Prayer perfectly) still executed?
The book provided a brief glossary (which neglects to explain what it means to to "pressed to death," and inconclusively lists a number of conflicting theories for the event.
There is no age group for which I would recommend this book. Better for older kids to read "the Crucible" and have a chance to discuss it in a safe setting.
No fun for all ages!" Jean E. Pouliot said.
"This is a great book for teaching ESOL students English. I have the whole series and it helps them learn English and comprehend American History as well. The Salem Witch Trials are an interesting time in American History and it gets covered in classes. This book helps kids understand it better." Lynn Ellingwood said.
"10 year old loves this series. He asked for more as a birthday gift. Easy comic book read for a non fiction topic. Nice educational element." Keith said.
"These graphic history books (there is a whole series) are well loved by my elementary aged kids. The topic is given enough depth to be interesting, but not too much. These are great for reluctant readers, and are a good introduction or more in depth study to the part of history they cover." Amital said.
"I bought this because I teach English as a Second Language, and have to teach my high schoolers The Crucible. While it is not supposed to be that play, it is very very close. Some of the same do not match up with the story, however, which confused my students (I crossed those out and wrote them in). It is a descent summary though. I would have liked it to be a bit longer and more detailed, but it is good for a basic understanding." apocalypse blonde said.