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I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 (Dear America)

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One of our final two Dear Americas, this is the compelling diary of a young girl who finds herself caught up in the turmoil and drama of the Salem Witch Trials.

Deliverance Trembley lives in Salem Village, where she must take care of her sickly sister, Mem, and where she does her daily chores in fear of her cruel uncle's angry temper. But when four young girls from the vill
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc.
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May 09, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
This is a book my ten-year-old daughter checked out of the library, and I picked it up last night because I finished the last of my own library books. I am surprised at how good it is. It is "The Diary of Deliverance Trembly, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials." Deliverance--"Liv" for short, isn't that cool? and her sister is Mem, short for Remembrance!--is twelve. She is very pious. When she first discovers the blank journal that she makes her diary, she wonders, "Am I looking at the Devil's boo ...more
Kelsey Hanson
This was a good stories but honestly I can't read very many stories that center around the Salem Witch Trials without getting extremely frustrated at the town people who put aside all of their sense and chose to hang innocent people based on the unproved idiotic accusations of several teenage girls. But that being said, I really did like the main character Deliverance. She develops throughout the novel in a very natural way. You can see both the influence of the rigid puritan teachings (Somethin ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Bella added it
This book was creepy to read. Some of the descriptions of the witchcraft were scary. I couldn't believe that the Salem Witch Trials actually took place. It is hard to believe that so many people were killed because of the lies that the girls in the town were telling. It shows us how dangerous gossiping and spreading rumors can be.

The book was very well written taking you into the time of the Salem Witch Trials and making it hard to separate what really happened and what was the fiction part. Th
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Deliverance Trembley, who is twelve years old, begins her diary in December 1691. She lives with her sickly seventeen-year-old sister, Mem, on a farm in Salem Village, Massachusetts. Their uncle, who is supposed to be caring for the girls now that they are orphans and their older brother is away with the militia, has gone to sea and ordered the girls to let no one know he has gone away. Deliverance worries the neighbors will find out the truth and hates to have to lie. But when girls in Salem Vi ...more
Nov 02, 2011 Jennybug rated it really liked it
I really found this book fascinating. It is about the Salem Witch Trials. This book is written as a journal. I am always partial to books that are written in journal form. I read this book with Megan and we spent a lot of time talking about it.

Pg 27 "The white rolling fields glittered with the grandeur of God. In that moment I felt as one with all creation. I felt like part o something too big and too beautiful to understand. Was that a moment of grace? Is that what it felt like to know one is
Aug 01, 2011 Andrea added it
This is one installment of the much-loved Dear America series.

Like other books in this series, it is supposed to be the diary of a fictional character who bears witness to actual historical events and has relationships with people who really existed. This particular volume is about the Salem Witch Trials in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1691.

This book bored me to death. I thought it would be fascinating to read a first-person account of the events surrounding the witch trials, but it wasn't.
May 26, 2010 Elise rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book, though horrible depressing about the stupidity and cruelty of the Salem Witch Trials. Deliverance is a simple Puritan girl with an open mind. She reads the Bible to an old woman who already knows it by heart. When the old woman is accused by Deliverance's friends and family of being a witch, she must keep her head down as her closest friend is convicted, or she too will be accused of witchcraft. As the "cursed" girls in town get more ill, more people are charged with w ...more
Apr 08, 2014 Shelly rated it it was amazing
The story unfolds through the eyes and voice of twelve year old Deliverance Trembley, an orphan in Salem Village, Massachusetts in 1691. Deliverance, or Liv as we come to know her, lives with her seventeen year old sister, Mem, in the house of her uncle who has left them to go on a whaling expedition with instructions that they are not to tell anyone in the village that he is away.

During his absence, Mem becomes ill and Liv must care for her as well as do all of the chores. The girls try to att
Sarah Crawford
Feb 03, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it it was amazing
This is one of the books in the Dear America series. This particular book is a fictional diary kept by a girl who lived during the time of the Salem Witch trials.

One of the strong points of the book is that it shows a lot of the daily lives of the people at that time; their living conditions, the types of social interactions, the dangers they lived under and so on. That part alone would make this a good book, but in addition we have a look at the Salem Witch trials not from the viewpoint of some
Glen Stott
Jan 19, 2015 Glen Stott rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, history, religion
A Dear America series book: This is the fictional diary of Deliverance Trembley during the 1691/1692 Salem witch hunts. Deliverance, 12 years old and her 17-year-old sister, Remembrance, (Mem), live near Salem with their uncle, but he has left to find his fortune. The two girls must keep it a secret so people won't know they are living alone. The people of that time are steeped in superstition about the devil and his power. Some of the girls in town begin to have an affliction that causes them t ...more
Leta Blake
Apr 14, 2013 Leta Blake rated it it was amazing
Seven year old said this book was 4.5 stars and to round it up to 5 stars. She loved learning about the Salem witch trials and was especially pleased with some of the background romance with Darcy, Mem, and Liv.
Feb 13, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-by-myself
Deliverance Trembly is a 12 year old girl that lives at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. She does not know what to do when some girls her age are being tortured by the towns witches. They keep going on and on about their sufferings and will occassionly scream out and sprawl out on the floor as if they are being tortured. At first Deliverance believes that the girls are being hurt by witches. But when they actually accuse Mrs. Correy, a gospel women and a friend of Deliverance's she starts to ...more
Jan 21, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
I quite enjoyed better understanding the circumstances and frenzy that surrounded the Salem Witch Trials. I also liked the theme that things are not always what they seem--you have to be wise and make your own decisions. Even if those decisions go against popular thought of the day. It's very interesting to reading about life and choices back then--and comparing how different (or not!) things would be today. I also really appreciate the section at the end of each Dear America (at least of those ...more
Dec 17, 2014 Taryn rated it liked it
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Feb 14, 2008 Lali rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Aini
I really like it.
Jul 17, 2016 Kori rated it really liked it
I remember reading this a very long time ago. I knew very little about the Salem Witch Trials, but after this book, they became my new history obsession. To this day, the Trials are my second favorite historical event to read about (the first being WWII). Since the first time I read this, I have done lots of research and read more books about the Salem Trials and other witch trials. I've heard several theories on what caused the girls to start naming 'witches' and writhing about in pain. I've ev ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Ami rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't really have much to say about this one. I did like it, but it hasn't even been one day since I finished it and I don't remember much, which isn't a very good sign, I think.

I'm not sure how accurate to the Puritan lifestyle this book is, because the main character behaves in a much more relaxed manner than I have ever heard of Puritans behaving. I suppose that's too make the book more accessible to young readers, however (I do remember it got a little dry in parts, so it needed any help i
I think this is one of the worst books I have read in a long time. Historically, it was not quite accurate. It was shallow, and the story that was being told, while it included the witch trials to some extent, did not really focus on the significance of these events in history, as they would have been significant to the girls of the time.

First of all, the way Deliverance ends up viewing the witch trials is by no means a thought process that would even have entered her head. Certainly, she would
Dear America is such a great series because it takes historical events, puts the reader right in the middle and makes sure to stay as true as can be to the historical events. I Walk in Dread is no different and actually, it is one of the most accurately historical books about the Salem Witch Trials that I have read. Ms. Fraustino discusses in the afterword how she researched primary sources trying to find the truth behind all of the gossip and myths that exist about the trials.

Deliverance (Liv)
Kathy Spada
Mar 27, 2013 Kathy Spada rated it really liked it
I loved this little diary written by a Connecticut author. It is the fictionalized story of one Deliverance Trembley and her family in Salem during the witch outbreak. Although one has to suspend belief that Liv and her sister Remembrance(Mem) are left alone as their Uncle leaves on a journey, Liv's spunk carries the day. She writes in her diary daily about the afflicted girls, Mem's desire for a husband and what life was like in the late 17th century.
The book starts on a slow note but gradually
Meh. I'll give it three stars, but it was really a 2.5. I thought the pacing of the book was really poor, which is unfortunate when I love this topic so much and I saw how easily the author could have made this a much more fluid and interesting story. She was clearly invested in giving details of the period, but instead of incorporating them into the narrative, she had the journal entries include descriptions of some process (like ink-making) that a real girl from the period wouldn't have random ...more
Christina V.
The book started off a bit slow and I thought contained some unnecessary and unrelated information - for example, there were diary entries about how to make ink and how to cook a certain dish - but I think the author included those things to give readers a taste of what 17th century life was like. After getting over that hump, though, the book was pretty good.

It has a lot of suspense with 3 main story lines occurring at once. The first is that the protagonist and her sister must hide the fact t
Lily (WhoLockian)
Mar 20, 2013 Lily (WhoLockian) rated it really liked it
* Hardcover: 206 pages
* Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (October 1, 2004)
* ISBN-10: 0439249732
* Author: Lisa Rowe Fraustino
* Cover art: I like the background picture.
* Overall rating: **** out of 5 stars

I walk in dread the diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials.
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.

Deliverance Trembley lives in Salem Village, where she must take care of her sickly sister, Mem, and where she does her daily chores in fear of her cruel uncle's angry t
Ana Mardoll
Feb 23, 2011 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
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This is a spectacular rendition of the Salem history. The author walks an incredibly fine line here, and manages to be perfectly respectful of religious belief whilst still maintaining a healthy concern that the witch-hunters may be motivated by causes other than the supernatural. Illness, maliciousness, boredom, and confusion are all presented here as possible motives for the hysteria. I'm pleased that the book does not focus only on the "accusing girls"; an impor
Sep 11, 2015 Ani rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Dear America diary that I didn't finish. I do not know what about it was so uncompelling...the protagonist did not in any way draw me into the Puritan society in the way that others of the series have managed to somehow make me able to see and understand societies I otherwise wouldn't understand. This just made me angry. The protagonist was kind of an awful role model and she made me angry. All the time angry. I decided not to finish it because I <3 my blood pressure.
Jan 26, 2016 Raelynn rated it really liked it
Diary based writing has always been one of my favorite forms to read and the "Dear America" series was no exception. This particular installment based on life during the Salem witch trials takes you into the day to day life of Deliverance Trembley. Deliverance is a 12 year old girl who along with her older sister are trying to keep up a complicated ruse while their uncle is away working on a ship. Life gets even more hectic as the fear of witches becomes more prominent in the village. A good his ...more
Joanna Branson
Apr 25, 2013 Joanna Branson rated it really liked it
I found this in the children's room of our local library while searching for books for my 9 year old. I have always been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials, so I had to check this book out for myself. It was interesting to read it from the perspective of a 12-year-old witness to the debacle. The historical characters that are widely known and researched are minor characters which the narrator, Deliverance Trembley (a fictional character) interacts with, lending a sense of reality to the narrat ...more
Apr 24, 2014 Miranda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Walk In Dread is the diary of Deliverance Trembly. She lives in Salem Village and takes care of her sickly sister Rememberance. When four young girls accuse local women of witch craft, the Salem Witch Trials begin. Soon Deliverance & Rememberance's lives in Salem Village are never the same
Aug 02, 2015 Cece rated it liked it
Deliverance Trembley is a girl living in Salem Massachusetts during the Salem witch trials and witnesses the accusations and trials of neighbors and friends.
Sep 28, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Those evil girls for tricking people into killing other people. Poor Deliverence, her only friends are her diary, sister, and the family she gangs out with.
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