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The Sacrifice

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,116 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
In the year 1692, life changes forever for ten-year-old Abigail Faulkner and her family. In Salem, Massachusetts, witches have been found, and widespread fear and panic reign mere miles from Abigail's home of Andover. When two girls are brought from Salem to identify witches in Andover, suspicion sweeps the town as well-respected members of the community are accused of wit ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published August 28th 2007 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published September 6th 2005)
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Nov 10, 2011 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is honestly a book that has changed my life. I first read The Sacrifice in 7th grade because we had to take a book out of the library for English class. I decided to get this one because I had always been interested in the Witch Trials and it took place in my hometown. When I got to class and we started reading our books I found myself hooked. I was drawn into to my own town but 300 years in the past. When the bell rang for the next class I hated having to stop reading. I instantly resumed ...more
Jul 28, 2009 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At the outset, Abigail Faulkner, Reverend Dane’s 10 year old granddaughter is in the stocks for six hours with the sign SINNER pinned to her chest for running a footrace with her male cousin. Her father is bipolar (my words, not hers) and when the witch finders come from Salem Village to Andover, where the Faulkners live, all are afraid that her father will be called a witch. But no, it’s Abigail and her 12 year old sister. Then the book takes the tack of The Heretic’s Daughter, and much time an ...more
Sandra Stiles
We have all heard the stories of the Salem Witch Trials. Few of us are aware of the fact that Andover, Massachusetts had more people accused of being a witch than in Salem. This Historical Fiction novel is the story of one such family. Based on facts discovered about the author’s own family it is the story of Abigail and her sister Dorothy who find themselves accused of being witches. Abigail’s character in the book is seen as being wild by Puritan standards. The story starts and we find her sit ...more
Sarah Smiles
Apr 30, 2015 Sarah Smiles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, had me holding on the whole time!
Oct 06, 2008 Beranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

The Sacrifice
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grades: 6-8
The Sacrifice is intriguing look at the bogus nature of the Salem witch trials in the late sixteen hundreds. The book is about a ten year old girl named Abigail Faulkner who is falsely accused of practicing witch craft in the town of Andover, Massachusetts. After many months of imprisonment in Salem Village, Abigail finally gets a trial, but she only has three choices for her defense. She can confess to witchcraft and be in jail for the rest of he
Emma Jane
Yikes. This is not a fun book. I suppose it's a worthy interpretation of the times, because this really was a horribly dark time in history for some. This is the only reason I'm not rating it one star, though, because I didn't enjoy it at all.
Renee Parrish

The Sacrifice (2005) by Kathleen Benner Duble, Pictures by Kamil Vojnar, Fiction/mystery.

This mysterious chapter book story takes place in 1692 in Salem, Massachusetts during the "witch trial craze." A young girl, Abigail Faulkner, is forced into a very uncomfortable and scary situation when she and her sister are requested to travel from their home in Andover, Massachusetts to Salem. The girls are asked to identify women who have been suspected of practicing witch craft. They are basically "pu
Dec 22, 2015 Rylee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS!** This is the first book I have ever read by Kathleen Benner Duble and this book was an amazing story about a family by the name of Faulkner, and when the town has been spotted with Witches in the area, two girls who they say were "possessed by witches" and say they could tell a witch by sight. Aunt Elizabeth was claimed by the two girls who were "Possessed", she was claimed to be a witch when she really wasn't, after that the main character Abby, and her sister Dorothy w ...more
Oct 30, 2015 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacrifice

The emotions I feel about this book is kind of a scary feelIng, and it also made me have goosebumps because it kind of seem like you're listening to witch crafty stuff. I know I like horror stuff but sometimes it can get scary after you’re watching something scary and then you go to bed, scary shows like House Haunting can be scary sometimes. The year 1692, Is the life that changes for the 10 year old girl named Abigail Faulkner and her family. In a place called Salem Massachusetts.
Jun 29, 2009 NaomiRuth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pretty much anyone
Shelves: ya
It's been awhile since I read this book, but its one that I will always remember. I usually end up reading only fantasy books (I don't know why... I love all books) but I came across this book at the library and so I picked it up along with eight others, but I'm telilng you I can't remember what other books I got, just this one. It's one of those books that leaves a deep impression on you. I really think I had nightmares about the cell with the rats and everything. Ugh.
Mar 19, 2011 Sam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch trials, so, when my literature teacher was handing out random books, I snatched this one up. it wasn't quite what I had expected, but good nonetheless. The deplorable descriptions (deplorable in a good way though!) were so vivid, it put you right there. The book did make me teary at the end, when The Sacrifice of the title is made. A good, quick read. Took me a few hours.
Keegan Meredith
Jun 04, 2015 Keegan Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was fantastic. I had no trouble starting off at any point and getting right into it. As far as the story itself, it really did keep you reading page after page. It starts off with a normal family in the time of the Salem Witch Trials. With the mother pregnant, the father having random spasms and 3 kids to do chores it is a little difficult getting around to things. It gets worse when their former maid quits do to the father being "Possessed" by a witch. The only thing is, she ...more
Mr. Z
One of 15 middle school Sunshine State Books. Historical fiction set during 1692 Salem Witch hunt. Real story about a girl's horrors as her and her family are accused of being witches. READ THIS BOOK! I can't imagine anyone reading this book and wishing they hadn't. Of all the ignorant, destructive, unfair things human beings have done to each other, the witch hunts rank among the worst.
Oct 06, 2014 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jr-fiction-642
Duble, K., B. (2005). The sacrifice. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster.

2012 Junior Library Guild Selection, Booklist Starred Review

Historical Fiction

Age Range- 10-14 yrs, Grades 5-9

You know a book is an outstanding read when it creates such strong emotions in the reader. The Sacrifice, by Kathleen Duble, is based on real-life events her family experienced during the witch trials of 1692 in Andover, Massachusetts. Abigail Faulkner, a strong-willed ten year old girl, and her family's life was tu
Feb 08, 2016 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not the biggest fan of historical fiction, but Duble's book might have changed my opinion!

Set in the time of the Salem Witch Trials, we follow a young girl, Abigail Faulkner, as she leads a tough life during colonial America. People often use the Salem Witch Trials as a sort of metaphor whenever the government, or a political group, oversteps their bounds and tries to control people who believe and act differently than they would like. Seeing this type of out of c
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Kalyn E
Feb 27, 2015 Kalyn E rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kalyn Edwards
Mrs. Toney
Period 1 and 2
February 3, 2015
Summary: Abigail had to stand in a stock for 6 hours her legs were weakened and they still had to go to a Sabbath for four hours. Her sister played with corn husk dolls. Their dad had a fit so they went to the Sabbath. They met up with their Aunt Elizabeth and Uncle Daniel. Their aunt made them do chores while grand-pappy was looking for their mother and father. The kids went to bed and the parents were talking about three girls fr
Sep 16, 2015 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school
This is a great book to go along with a study of American history. The Salem witch trials are a great example of mass hysteria. The readers would need some basic points about this time frame. The story has its' roots in the author's personal life. The Mother in the story is the glue holding the family together. One of the daughter's catches negative attention for running across the forest. The Mom is pregnant. The Father is suffering from some type of mental illness. As everyone in Salem knows, ...more
May 01, 2009 Karissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much!!!!!!!!!
Barbara Balke
Mar 10, 2016 Barbara Balke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-for-ya
My Summary:

The story of the Salem witch hunts of 1692 is told through the viewpoint of a ten-year-old girl named Abigail. Several young girls are accusing neighbors of being witches. Abigail witnesses a few being sentenced and taken away. Soon things get carried away and Abigail and her sister are accused as well. The story allows the reader to visualize how the panic developed and then escalated. We see how innocent people were accused and could not object as they were led away. The conditions
Jul 25, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
When I read this I was initially shocked at the pain and loss felt by Abby and her family. I was shocked mostly because, being a book for younger readers, I didn't expect to find so much searing reality. However, as I worked my way further and further into the book, and as I read the author's note at the end of the book, I found myself enjoying the parallel to history so much that it really changed my perspective on everything. It made all the difference to me that the author re-told a lost stor ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Emyers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a very interesting description of the events surrounding the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The author, Kathleen Benner Duble's, ancestors were accused of being witches, and this novel is a dramatized retelling of their experiences during this chaotic period. The story illustrates the hysteria surrounding the witch trials by describing how ten year old Abigail and twelve year old Dorothy Faulkner of Andover, Massachusetts came to be accused of being witches. The story begins with Abiga ...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
This book was okay. It seemed a little younger than I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it a little.

I think I loved the setting and the historical back-drop the most. It did seem very real and I liked that it was based on the author's own family tree. I think I was really surprised by the fact that it was set in a town near Salem, and not in Salem itself.

Duble does a great job of showing just how widespread and crazy the witch trials were, and how limited your choices were if you were accused o
Sep 26, 2013 Tania rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is set during the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Abigail and her sister, Dorothy, are accused of being witches and brought to Salem jail. The book was very interesting, and really brought the madness of the time into focus. Women were inventing stories about other women being witches, and they were being placed in jail solely on their accusations. There was no proof to back up what they were saying. Innocent women were dying in the jails and being killed. I couldn't believe the condit ...more
Hunter Bird
Dec 10, 2015 Hunter Bird rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was a very good model of the salem witch trials in Massachusetts. While you were reading it you could feel what it was like to be in that time and how people managed to live during that time period. The spelling and just the overall writing was very professional and suspenseful. i would recommend this book to people who like to read about the colonial time and what it was like to live in that time period.
Dec 16, 2015 Sadie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sacrifice is a great book about a girl named Abigail Faulkner who has a father who gets fits and a mom who is now pregnant. The family has a servant named Sarah Phelps. Sarah decides to stop working for the family and leaves right when the mom gets sick. Abigail tried to stop her from leaving but ended up just giving her a dirty look instead. The town is spreading news of witchcraft among the people. Sarah accuses Abigail and her sister of witchcraft and they are sent to a jail in Salem Mass ...more
I read The Sacrifice when I was in 5th or 6th grade, I think. It was one of those books people were reading for the class "book club" with discussions and such. This book gave me some insight about the witch trials in Salem.
In school, I wasn't really taught anything about the witch trials but my parents, who were always giving lectures for as they said, "learning opportunities" read some stories and articles about these events in history to my sister and I. When I read the book, I was glad that
Dec 09, 2015 Kasia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With unusual plot twists, and real family events Kathleen Benner Duble is able to capture what life would be like in Andover/Salem massachusets during one of Americas darkest periods, the Salem witch trials. As an eighth grade student I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy read that keeps you holding on the whole time.
Tylei J.
This book talked about living in the witch trial times, and what happened to Abigail and her sister when they are chosen to be witches. The decision is up to them whether or not they should accuse their mom who is pregnant. This was a very good book. It was more sad than most of the other books i have read. It teaches a great lesson on sacfrificing for others. It also teaches that when things go wrong, you just need to buck up and do the things you need to.
Nov 12, 2015 Veronica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
This book is a historical fiction because it is consistent with the historical accounts of the Salem Witch Trails as told from the perspective of a young girl during the era. The dialect used was also the same as the time period as the author: Kathleen Benner Duble did research before writing this book. The story itself is very engaging, making the reader feel like they are there within the story itself.

I chose this book for my collection because it made me feel like I was right there with the f
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Kathleen Benner Duble had sixteen car accidents before she was twenty-one. Being an at-home writer keeps her from hitting the road (or anyone else)! She is the author of eight books for children. Kathleen loves digging for unique historical fiction plotlines and encouraging students and lovers of books to look for great stories right in their own backyard!
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