I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691
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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
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Hardcover, 203 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Scholastic Inc.
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Kim
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
Rebecca
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
Jennybug
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...more
Elise
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
Shelly
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...more
Leta Blake
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.
Lali
Feb 14, 2008 Lali rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Aini
I really like it.
Erin
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...more
Kellee
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)...more
Kathy Spada
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...more
Ann
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...more
Lily
* 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...more
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One of my favorites in the Dear America series, I Walk In Dread by Lisa Rowe Fraustino is more than just a diary, but an incredible story about the Salem Witch Trials, told from a very unique perspective that cannot, in my knowledge, be found among any other Salem Witch literature. There is nothing supernatural in this book, first of all, and it is clear to the reader that the cause of the ‘attacks’ are not actual witches. As the reader may glean from the narrative,...more
Ana Mardoll
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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...more
Andrea
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....more
Joanna Branson
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
Miranda
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
Elle
It was an ordinary day for Deliverance.Well it was until she heard that four girls were suposedly being affected by witches.They were twisting in odd ways ,screaming and talking non scence.Liv was not really convinced that they were possesed.She thought they were doing it to get attention from the town.


I liked this book alot.I liked that Liv was not convinced that the girls were possesd.I also liked that Liv was confident and bold.


I reccomend this book for any one who can read chapter books.I al...more
Tracy
There's some great history here and not just for YA's, adult can get a lot out of this book too. It's obvious Rowe Fraustino conducted a lot of reasearch on the Salem Witch Trials for this novel and it shows. Liv is a great narrator. Prickly, unaware, and too smart/pious for her own good in the beginning and then later grows into a well developed character. I also liked how the author made everyone sound of the time period and didn't just stick modern day people with modern thoughts and stick th...more
Catie
I read this book in middle school and recently remembered that I can put this on my read list. I always wanted to read all the Dear America books because I had an interest in history always in me. But I didn't read all of them. I just specifically remember reading this one and not being able to put it down. This one takes place during the Salem Witch Trials and I have always had an interest in that part of history. I remember bits and pieces of this book and just enough to say that these books a...more
Khadijah
Dear America is Awesome! It's sad to say that in this book, it talks about the Salem witch trials. People back then believed in witches. A few girls in the town said that certain people were witches and would writhe and squirm on the floor when these 'witches' were near. The village believed the girls and they had a trial. If the people denied being witches (Which practically everyone did because they truly weren't witches) they would be executed. But if they admitted it (which was lying to save...more
Marina
I thought the book was really slow. I didn't like how everything sounded like the person was dumb, for example Deliverance uses "Methinks" instead of "I think..." It was really boring, and thats pretty much unlikely for books of the Dear America seers because I've read almost all of them, and I really like them. I don't want to spoil anything, but if your really into the past of witch craft and stuff about how the main protagonist hides her diary from her older sister, then knock yourself out an...more
Molly
This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.
Kaitlyn
I really enjoyed this book. It really gave me a good up-close, first person perspective on the Salem Witch Trials. I would recommend this book to any fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials. I learned a lot from reading this book, and enjoyed the first-person perspective, because normally on historical books such as this, I have read only third-person. I really enjoyed this book, and it gave me a very good historical view on a captivating historical event.
Roy
I really appreciate the way the author approched everything in the book. She is a good author, I'll have to try some of her other books. I think her conclusions of how the witch trials got started and ran their course are about the best way possible, at least by our current understanding. The characters were fabulously done, it was easy to get into the events. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in the Salem Witch Trials!
Syd
I liked this book. It was imfornative, interesting, historically accurate, and many other postitives. As it was written for children, all the things that I look for in young adult books were toned down, but that's typical and accepted for children's literature. I appreciated the ending being true to what happened in real life. I've always liked this series, and this book has not hurt its reputation.
Kahley
I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1691 by Lisa Rowe Fraustino was extremely sad and painful to read. The women and Men who were tortured during the period of the belief in witches was just too sad. All of her friends were taken to jail. Some were hanged. I just thought this book was very painful but exceptionaly good.
Drucilla
While this is one of those subjects that makes you want to punch the people involved, it was handled very well in this book. The reader gets to see Deliverance go from a believer in witches to a skeptic to a non-believer (or someone who sees the Truth). The historical information in the back of this Dear America book was great, too.
Itsjustme-wendy
Anyone who knows me can tell you that I love any book about "The Salem Witch Trials". While this wasn't the best Witch Trial I have read it was pretty good. It had all the facts and names and dates, there was also a nice little storyline behind it. I am a huge fan of the "Dear America" series. Great way to learn your history!
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