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Newes from the Dead

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Anne can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she'd dead, terrified she's buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Roaring Brook Press (first published March 5th 2008)
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Dec 10, 2016 Sophia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this  peculiar little book from my local library after seeing it a few times on Goodreads. It's said to be based on the story of an English girl hanged for infanticide in the 1600s.

What I got was certainly not what I expected - a dark(ish)  tale of lust, death, and science. The book is told from two POVs - Anne Green, a teenager hung for supposedly committing infanticide. When we see things from her view, she is in a coma-like state, slightly aware of her surroundings, and thinking a
Oct 16, 2012 Willow rated it really liked it
This is kind of an odd little book. It wasn’t very suspenseful to me, because I pretty much knew what was going to happen. In fact, I actually found this book by reading up on Anne Green in Wikipedia.

Mary Hooper did an excellent job of writing the story out. Hooper has an amazing prose which is simple and fast-paced (like every good AU should be) but it’s also nuanced and captures the time period perfectly. Hooper’s characters do not feel like modern people stuck in the past. They are fully fle
Aug 24, 2008 Jamie rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, 14-16
The premise is intriguing - a young woman is hung for infanticide, even though her baby is stillborn. She is put in a coffin and sent to Oxford, where she will be dissected for medical research. However, we soon find she is not really dead.

The story is told in flashbacks, between how she got in her predicament, and her semi-conscious state after being hung. Normally, these kind of setups really move you through the story.

But I found there was somewhat of a lack of suspense. I never feared she'd
Jul 05, 2015 Sabine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Das Buch beruht auf einer wahren Begebenheit, denn Anne Green hat es tatsächlich gegeben. Die 16-jährige wurde im Jahr 1650 zu Unrecht zum Tod durch den Strang verurteilt und sollte danach auch noch seziert werden. Doch als sich die namhaften Mediziner versammelt haben und mit dem ersten Schnitt beginnen wollten, flattern die Augenlider der gerade erst Gehängten.

Erzählt wird die Geschichte aus zwei Perspektiven – zum einen ist es Anne, die in Gedanken noch mal Revue passieren lässt, was eigentl
Jan 24, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it
Based on real historical events, this is the story of a scullery maid named Anne Greene, who was placed on trial for infanticide in 1650 England. According to the Author's Note, this was a common charge at the time for women who gave birth to stillborns or newborns that suffered crib death. The circumstances presented in the trial are more challenging due to the fact that she was involved with the grandson of the estate owner.

What makes Anne's tale even more interesting is that after she was "hu
May 31, 2010 Nikki-ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the back of the book...

It is 1650 and a baby lies dead before it even drew breath. A young servant girl, terrified and alone, is accused of its murder and sent to the gallows. Protesting her innocence in the chill air of a December morning, Anne Green is hanged. Moments later her lifeless body is lifted down from the scaffold and carried to the College of Physicians for brutal dissection.

But as Anne’s corpse lies on the table and the doctors assemble, a strange rattle is heard in her throat
Lady of the Lake
I loved that this is based on the factual story of Anne Greene who at About 22 years of age found herself pregnant after having false  promises made to her by the grandson of the master of the house she was a servant at. 
Anne was convicted of infanticide after giving birth to a child that she swore never drew a breath and by written a count of mid wife that examined the child, stated it could never have been a viable birth being only 9 inches in length and not well formed...Anne was sentenced an
Mar 16, 2013 Doja rated it it was amazing
Newes from the Dead Book Review #2
By: Doja Qaraqe

When I first saw Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper, I’ll admit, I judged it by its cover. I expected this novel to be a horrifying tale that will blow my socks off. Instead, I read a gruesome, foul and suspenseful book that kept me at the edge of my seat. Newes from the Dead is about a girl named Anne Green (main character) who finds herself in darkness, unable to move, blink her eyes or scream. Immobile, Anne is haunted by her final memory of be
Anne Green was just your average English maid in 1650. She worked for a noble family and didn't get along well with her other servants, when the grandson of her master began to show her some extra attention. Poor Anne was not used to being an object of desire and eventually gave into the grandson, wooed by promises that he would raise her up out of poverty and make her a lady. Anne's situation worsened when she found that she was pregnant. She tried to hide her pregnancy but eventually gave birt ...more
Jun 08, 2009 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, childrens
A top-dollar children's historical packed with information about the 16th century but never seeming overly educational or preachy. Mary Hooper has taken a real-life snipping of history: the account of a young woman hanged for infanticide who somehow survived the hangman's noose - and crafted an enthralling, wonderfully enjoyable read from it.

The author takes the unusual step of having two strands throughout the narrative depicted in alternating chapters. One set are set in the novel's current ti
Oct 11, 2014 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A truly gripping read: I must say I was rather surprised when I read it. It most certainly offered up more than you would expect – something that every review prior to mine has managed to explain perfectly.

Written in a beautiful way, the book itself is a real eye-opener filled with the emotions needed to keep you gripped from the start until the end. It really has you thinking as you work your way through the book, thoughts of what life must have been like back then. Dealing with a difficult top
Anne Osterlund
Jul 29, 2009 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Anne is dead. Convicted as a murderess and hung by the neck (for half an hour) until pronounced dead, her body selected for medical research in the year 1650. And then she wakes up on the autopsy table.

How can this not be good? Add to that one stammering medical student, an illicit affair, and the fact that the entire premise is TRUE. Brrr.
Amy (Turn the Page)
May 31, 2011 Amy (Turn the Page) rated it it was ok
Mary Hooper is an author I should love. Her stories always sound like the perfect combination: a historical setting, romance, and a strong female protagonist. This one in particular caught my interest because it is about a girl who is hanged, but somehow survives and it is based on a true story! I’m always so excited to read a novel by Mary Hooper, but so far they have never quite delivered for me, and I don’t think it is due to Hooper’s skills as a writer.

As a fast reader, these feel more like
May 31, 2012 Sweetp-1 rated it liked it
Newes from the Dead is a fictional account of a true story - Anne Green hanged for the infanticide of a stillborn baby awakens on the dissection table. I found the concept to be quite intriguing and the author does a good job of recreating 1600's England - particularly with regard to the daily life for the servant class. I also appreciated some of the comments about what was happening in the wider world (Cromwell etc) which helped me to place the events in context. The story of Anne's 'downfall' ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Rachael rated it liked it
Anne Green, a maidservant in 1650 England, was wrongly accused of infanticide. The punishment for her crime was death by hanging. Anne knows she dropped from the gallows, but now she exists in a strange darkness where she can’t move or speak. Left alone with only her thoughts of how she got to be at this point, she isn’t even sure if she’s dead or alive. But dead women can’t think, can they? Anne isn’t sure what this means, if she’s been buried alive or worse. What she doesn’t know is that her b ...more
Tami Traylor
Nov 13, 2011 Tami Traylor rated it really liked it
A riveting retelling of the true tale of Anne Green, who, in 1650 is hanged as a murderess for the death of her infant, who was really stillborn.

Freshly plucked from the gallows and prepped for dissection, Anne is trapped in her own body, paralyzed, unable to speak, move or see. Unsure whether she is dead or still alive, she slowly retraces the events in her life that led up to her hanging, the manor where she was a servant since childhood, the spoiled grandson and heir of the master who cajole
Nov 24, 2010 Sarai rated it really liked it
I liked this book. The author did a good job of recreating what might have happened to Anne, what her thought process may have been. The original document at the end of the book is an interesting read, both because of the language differences from then to now and because of the way a news article from then differs from now. It would have been even better to be able to see the trial transcripts!

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Anne can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies immobile in th
I think that Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper is a very interesting book because its filled with mystery, suspense, and drama. It begins with a girl,Anne Green, who cant move a single muscle in her body, also she thinks she is in purgatory, or hell, or buried alive(she thought she was dead) because she opened her eyes and all she can see is pitch black. She doesn't know where she is at so she starts thinking about her life. Like how she worked as a maid in Sir Thomas's house and how she cleane ...more
Izzy Sieveking
Mar 04, 2012 Izzy Sieveking rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book once in the library at school and read a little at the beginning, but didn't really get into it. In year 10 and a few months later, I saw it again and was so glad I chose to try once more! A young servant girl, ( in a past histrorical setting, perhaps a few centuries after the Tudor reign), is sentenced to death by hanging for infanicide. You are able to witness what happened ( how she eas accused for the murder though her baby was really a stillborn), awaiting trial and the actu ...more
Jan 06, 2009 Lindsay rated it it was ok
YA Hooper - historical fiction, 1650 England, domestic underclass, sexual morality
Based on the true story of Anne Greene, who was hanged for infanticide but lived. The chapters alternate between her memories leading up to the hanging, including being duped into a sexual relationship, her ensuing pregnancy and still-birth, time spent in jail, and her hung-jury trial; and the observations of a sympathetic medical student set to watch Anne's dissection but who instead witnesses her miraculous recov
Jan 21, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was ok
Newes From The Dead is a book I judged the cover of before picking it up. I thought, wow this looks like a great book, there's a creepy girl on the cover so it has to be a creepy story.

I really shouldn't judge books by covers because this one was a lot different to how I thought it would be.

I'm not really a historical fiction fan, but Newes From The Dead was pretty interesting. At first, I wanted to know more about Anne, about why she was hung. Then when I found out I thought it was a little bo
Jan 01, 2009 Angela rated it it was ok
It took a lot of self control to not just flip to the end of this book to find out how Anne Greene survived being hanged. And the story itself didn't even answer that question - that was left to an author's note at the end of the book.

The story is told from two points of view; the chapters alternate between Anne telling the story of how she ended up being hanged, and Robert a young scholar who is preparing to observe the dissection of Anne's corpse. Neither story had very much going for it. Anne
Kyla Rue
May 24, 2009 Kyla Rue rated it it was amazing
This was a very good book. Wonderful way to describe what Anne Greene would think and say. . .
You feel lik your there, In Anne's world.
The reason I picked up this book on my weekly trip to Books-A-Million, was not because of the cover. But the wa ythe noose stuck out with the words on the spine it was lik a loner there on the shelves.
I picked it up flipped it open. And was hooked from tht moment.
I couldnt believe they would hand a 22 year old woman for hte death of her stillborn child!
I recomm
Nov 23, 2008 Melissa rated it it was ok
News from the Dead recounts the true story of Ann Green who survived a hanging.
Hmmm.. sounds interesting right? Well come to find out it was a bit more complicated than that. True she did survive being hanged, but how she get to the hangman's noose is pretty gruesome.
I wouldn't recommend this book because there's a lot of mention of adultery. Ann was a house maid who was somewhat forced into committing that crime, which led to her being falsely accused of infanticide.
I think Hooper could have m
This book was okay. It was very interesting in the sense that it was based on a true story. Anne Green was charged with infanticide (even though her baby was stillborn) and sentenced to death by hanging. Anne, however, survived the hanging and was spared dissection. I didn't find the book all that compelling, since we already know what's happened and the story was merely filling in the finer details. Overall, it was an okay book but nothing spectatular.
Cynthia Egbert
Jan 04, 2014 Cynthia Egbert rated it really liked it
I found this book to be fascinating and the subsequent study that it sent me on has been a delight. This is a quick read and I recommend it highly. I read about the law passed in 1624 prosecuting women (intended to apply to unmarried women of the lower classes) and the language is so clearly filled with disdain for women, essentially calling them natural born liars, due to Eve's role in the Garden and I am so grateful that I live when and where I do.
Aug 27, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it
Recommended to Katie by: Cheney
I didn't know till almost the end of this book that it was based on true events. I found this remarkable and made the story that much better for me. It was an easy read but kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next in the storyline. Great YA novel.
Aug 23, 2008 Maddie rated it it was amazing
This was a great book I couldn't put down. And there aren't many of those books for me.
May 04, 2008 Mary rated it really liked it
Newes From The Dead id a very good read once you get past the old english.I suggest all of you read this.
Jun 08, 2011 Lena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cbj
Inhalt: England, 1650. Das Dienstmädchen Anne Green ist 16 Jahre alt, als sie wegen Kindstötung zum Tode verurteilt wird. Doch Anne beteuert ihre Unschuld. Ihr Kind mit Master Geoffrey, dem Erben ihres Herren Sir Thomas Read, sei bereits tot auf die Welt gekommen. Niemand will ihr Glauben schenken und schon einen Tag nach ihrer Verurteilung wird sie auf dem Marktplatz gehängt. Vor Gericht bittet ein englischer Arzt Annes Leiche für wissenschaftliche Zwecke und zur Erkundung des menschlichen Körp ...more
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British children's and young adult author Mary Hooper was born in 1944, in Barnes, South West London. She left school at fifteen, and went to work as a window dresser, and then as a secretary. She eventually returned to school, as an adult student, earning a degree in English from Reading University. Hooper began her writing career with short stories, publishing in women's and teen magazines. Her ...more
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