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Maggie Fox didn't mean to create a new religion...
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Published May 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire (first published May 16th 2007)
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Jason Frank
We Hear the Dead started out so promising, and ended so annoyingly, that it may be one of the biggest disappointments that I've ever read. The book went swimmingly up until the point where the love interest was introduced. Dr. Elisha Kent Kane was so damn boring. This book is literally about teenage girls who start a cult revolution. That is more than enough of a story without a love interest. According to the internet (a reliable source if I ever saw one) the story of We Hear the Dead is a main ...more
April
We Hear The Dead by Dianne Salerni centers around the spiritualist movement and it's creators -- the Fox Sisters. What began as a not-so-innocent prank turned into a somewhat religious movement. The history of the Fox Sisters is fascinating, I suggest wikipaedia-ing it. Seriously, ya'll, history is AWESOME. So sayeth the history nerd.
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Aine
I have to admit that I don't usually read historical fiction. It was set in the mid 1800's, and while lines like "It is expected that a wife give up her interests for her husband's" may be accurate to the time, it made me want to hurt the people who said them. And the poor girl couldn't even take a walk with her beau without a chaperon. I am so glad I didn't have to live in that time. Whenever I’m asked what time period I’d want to live in if not this one, I always choose a time in the future. T ...more
Katie
When I started We Hear The Dead I had high hopes. I had read great reviews for it and I was very intrigued by the premise. Sadly, it wasn't as good as I had hoped or expected.

Maggie Fox and her younger sister, Kate, didn't mean to create a new religion with a harmless prank but they did. The spiritualist movement began with them and grew to be much more popular than anyone expected. Maggie and Kate made their living with these spirit circles. All that changed when Maggie met Elisha Kent Kane. He
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Sarah
I very much enjoyed this excellent, well-written and meticulously researched novel! The story was gripping, Maggie's voice engaging and the characters were all really varied and realistic.

This is the point where I would normally say "and now for my complaints" but I can't fault much about this book. I did think the plot dragged a little bit during the last third or so of the book, when Elisha was away exploring the Arctic for years on end and Maggie was stuck home pining - BUT as this was based
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Laura
This was horrible.

I was expecting a book about spiritualism. You know. Details of the actual "new religion". Maybe some insight on how famous the Fox sisters became. Perhaps describing their social lives, and how big spiritualism actually got. . .

But no.

If you wanted to learn anything about spiritualism, do not read this book.

It turns into a pathetic love story.

There was hardly any details about (view spoiler)

The
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Donna
I felt like a little kid listening to an astounding story being told by some wizened person recounting a rather shadowy part of their lives. While initially the page count had me a little nervous (really, how much story is there to tell, I thought?), it quickly didn't become a problem as I swallowed down gulp after gulp after gulp of this engrossing story.

It's interesting because starting off the story, I had a feeling I wasn't going to care what happened to these girls, whether they fell to rui
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Before I started this book, I didn't know much about spiritualism. I actually had to look it up. According to the dictionary, "Spiritualism- noun- a system of belief or religious practice based on supposed communication with the spirits of the dead, esp. through mediums." It's crazy to think this all started in 19th century America with two young girls, Maggie and Kate Fox. They didn't intend to create this "religion," they actually wanted to spook their annoying niece. It obviously developed in ...more
Cindy Hudson
Maggie Fox and her sister, Kate, are just playing around when they pretend they can communicate with the dead. But soon their brother is digging up the basement and finding what may be a body, and people everywhere are coming to them seeking to communicate with their loved ones who have passed on. They can’t tell the truth without getting into a lot of trouble, but they didn’t realize just how much their fame would spread.

When Maggie falls in love with well-known explorer Elisha Kent Kane, she w
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Al
Original title: High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance, now We Hear the Dead, is a novelistic treatment of a real incident from American history, the story of the Fox sisters, whose childish pranks of communicating with the departed were taken seriously first by family members, then neighbors, and then the community, ultimately growing into a genuine phenomenon. The resulting movement, known as spiritualism, became quite the rage from the 1840s until after the Civil War. Traces of i ...more
Marva
The neat thing about this book is that it's based on the true story of the Fox sisters, who more or less started the entire Spiritualist craze in the 1850s. But more than just showing this thin slice of the times, the book is a fully realized description of pre-Civil War life on the east coast of the US. This isn't a period heavily covered in fiction. The focus on mid-nineteenth century America is mostly toward the Civil War and the antebellum South.

In the first few chapters, I was worried. They
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Boo A-c
for prompt 19 of 2015's ultimate reading challenge- based on a true story.

I honestly don't know what went wrong here, It should have been amazing. However the second half flagged dreadfully and in all honesty Kate seemed completely superfluous and Maggie was all over the place. Such a shame

For Fans of: famous hoaxes, badly written romance, victoriana
Whats Next: I honestly don't know.
Doris
A very interesting fictionalization of a true story, giving a glimpse of what life was probably like for the 3 sisters who were the founders of the spiritualist movement. Ann(?), Maggie, and Katie were young women upset about having a disliked relation not only living with them, but sharing their bed. Out of pique, they decide to tease her a bit and make her believe their home was haunted, and succeeded out of all estimation.

This story is fiction, but based very closely on the historical accoun
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Abbey
I really enjoyed this--I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked into it and how enrapped I became. It didn't take long and the historical accuracies and footnotes were definite bonuses.
I think this might be an author to keep an eye on.
Caroline
We Hear the Dead has been sitting in my TBR for years, and I’ve been saying that I’m going to read it and never do for the same amount of time. But I decided that I’ve waited long enough! I wanted to start off the fall season with something spooky. I love the paranormal and I’m fascinated by the spiritualism movement that swept the nation around the turn of the last century. This seemed like a perfect book for me. However, I was greatly misdirected.

Let me start with the pros, or in this case, pr
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Hilary
Maggie and Kate Fox were bored with life, so they decided to play a little prank on their niece when she came to visit. In the middle of the night they began to make knocking noises and impersonating spirits in the house. Very quickly their parents, and the people of Hydesville were flocking to bear witness to the spirit of a murdered man. Thus started the phenomenon of Spiritualism. They became quite well known across the Eastern US, and conducted regular spiritual sittings. After many years of ...more
Maggie
What a fascinating book! I was captivated by the lives of the Fox sisters while reading this book, so much so that I plan to do a little research to learn more about them, although I think that Dianne Salerni has done an amazing job of telling their story.

I thought the female characters in this story were interesting and well-developed. I even liked Leah, despite her mean-spiritedness at times. I thought she was very realistic, and even though she was lying to people, her ambition and ingenuity
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Page (One Book At A Time)
I liked this book for the most part. I feel the description is a little misleading though. I got the impression it has more to do with the actual spiritualism movement and the Fox sister's involvement. It's there, but it feels more like the background story. The story is more personal than that. It's told from both Maggie's and Kate's point of view. But, the story seems to focus more on Maggie. I think she had issues deceiving people from the very beginning. The book is more about her inner stru ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: A combination of religion, history, and romance that is quite captivating, using a difficult time period to make the reader see right and wrong in a whole new way through absorbing events and characters.

Opening Sentence: I began the deception when I was too young to know right from wrong.

The Review:

What really makes We Hear the Dead so intriguing is that it’s based on a true story. The events and characters are on the verge of unbelievable,
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Andie Z
Reviewed for TeensReadToo

When mischievous sisters Maggie and Kate Fox hear that their dreaded niece, Lizzie, is coming for a visit, they immediately start thinking of ways to get rid of her. Their prank takes the form of rapping noises that spell out messages from the dead, but instead of making Lizzie flee in fear, their plan backfires, and soon they have not only Lizzie and their family convinced, but the whole town.

All of a sudden, neighbors want to hold séances to give messages to their dece
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E. Anderson
Man. I’m not a big person for history. Wait, that’s a lie. I majored in CLASSICS for crying out loud. I love history. But sometimes reading about it can be dry. I have yet to meet a history textbook that I could befriend. And my high school history teacher? Let’s just say she and I never saw eye to eye. But that doesn’t mean I can’t get sucked in by a good historical fiction — especially a story filled with intrigue based on the lives of some really real — really spooky — sisters.

Dianne K. Saler
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Elii Vela
Maggie y su hermana Kate empezaron todo como una broma contra su prima, pero las cosas se salieron de control y pronto el espiritismo se volvió muy famoso. Ellas comenzaron a hacer sesiones de espiritismo y la gente llegaba para hablar con sus difuntos, los fantasmas respondían con golpecitos; dos veces era un SI, una vez era un NO. Todo marchaba bien, ellas recibían dinero a cambio del uso de sus poderes de mediums, hasta que Elisha Kent Kane hace aparición.

Quiero decir que habían un montón de
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Books & Sensibility
I won this book from the Dianne K. Salerni during a giveaway and I'm glad I did. If I hadn't I don't think I would ever picked this book up. For some reason I was wary of independent and small book publishers and was surprised by We Hear The Dead. It is a thoughtful and thorough novel with an interesting story to tell.


The protagonist is Maggie Fox, although she sometimes tosses the reigns to her sister Kate Fox for a chapter or two. What begins as a prank by the two young sisters to fool their n
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Wisteria Leigh
High Spirits: A Tale of Ghostly Rapping and Romance[return]by Dianne K. Salerni[return]iUniverse, $20.95[return]352p., 978-0-595-42350-7[return][return]Prepare to be entertained by the ethereal escapades of Maggie and Kate Fox who at an early age had the impish inklings of what would become a lucrative money making movement called Spiritualism. It began as a mischievous game. One day, when the girl s older niece Lizzie comes to visit, they set a plan in motion. They are not fond of Lizzie and as ...more
Lloyd Lofthouse
Jun 17, 2008 Lloyd Lofthouse rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Lloyd by: I heard about it
Some movies bring tears to my eyes; books seldom do.



High Spirits by Dianne K. Salerni starts with the haunting of Hydesville in 1848. It follows the real life adventures of two sisters, Maggie and Kate Fox. Maggie starts the story by telling us that she began the ‘deception’ when she was too young to know right from wrong. Kate, the younger of the two, regrets her sister’s use of that word. To Kate, the dead are real, and the spirits talk to her.



I have well over a hundred books sitting on book
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Holly
I love when I find a good book at the library that I've never heard of before. I have no expectations (besides what I see in the summary on the book) and no one to say they've ever read it. It's quite exciting.

The title itself is what caught my attention. I mean, We Hear the Dead? That is totally up my alley. And the subtitle, Maggie Fox didn't mean to create a new religion also made me go hmmm.... I was hooked before I even read it.

It's based on the true story of Maggie Fox and her sister Kate
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Abbie
This was a really interesting look at the start of spiritualism. The Fox Sisters are credited with starting the movement, and this book looks at their lives from the start of things. How did a couple of young girls start a religion?

Mostly told from Maggie's point of view, the story doesn't just focus on the "paranormal" aspects of their lives, but also how their lives intersected with some of the most famous people of the day, such as Elizabeth Staton, various US senators, and the mother of Pre
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Malcolm
Rap twice for "yes." Rap once for "no."

If spirits weren't talking through raps, taps and other assorted sounds in the darkened rooms, how were the girls doing it? Some said Maggie and Kate Fox were frauds when they first claimed to hear the dead in Hydesville, New York in 1848.

Perhaps Maggie, the protagonist, had a gift for counseling and perhaps her more adventurous sister Kate truly had the evolving abilities of a medium, even though the whole thing began as a prank. Their mother believed mor
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C.C. Thomas
I originally picked up this book because it looked like a great paranormal read--eerie title, mysterious cover and a storyline of two girls who can communicate with the dead. I was wrong, wrong, wrong! And it was in this wrongness that I found an incredible book! What I had stumbled on, instead or paranormal fiction, was my very favorite kind of book-quirky historical stories.

This is the tale of two sisters who pretend (or do they?) to be able to communicate with ghosts. What starts as a childis
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Mary Simonsen
We Hear the Dead is the story of Maggie and Kate Fox from Hydesville, New York, early members of the Spiritualist movement. Their first foray into the realm of Spiritualism was accidental--a prank played upon an annoying relation. However, the contrivance was so successful "that they extended the prank to include parents and their neighbors until deception became their way of life." The two young sisters, barely in their teens and guided by their business savvy older sister, succeeded in convinc ...more
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DIANNE K. SALERNI, a former fifth grade teacher, is the author of YA historical novels, We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks) and The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH), as well as a children's fantasy series from HarperCollins: The Eighth Day, Book 1, The Inquisitor's Mark, Book 2, and The Morrigan's Curse, Book 3 (expected publication Winter 2016).

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