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Invisible World by Suzanne Weyn
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Elsabeth has the power to read other people's minds, and her grandmother was a healer and midwife. Her father is trying to scientifically study her abilities to prevent her from being persecuted as a witch, since these powers are not understood in England in the 1690s. When the family decides to relocate to America with their faithful nursemaid Bronwyn, Elsabeth is ready for the opportunity, but the ship goes down in a terrible storm and her father and sister are killed. Elsabeth washed up in South Carolina and is taken in by slaves on a plantation, where she comes to feel very fondly toward Aakif, the boy who finds her. Things go well until the weather cools and the owners of the plantation come back. Elsabeth is no longer allowed to talk to the slaves, and is packed off to a relative of the owner's in Salem. On the ship there, she meets Bronwyn, who is in the throes of demonic possession, and a young Catholic nun. Things are difficult in Salem in the house of Reverend Parris, especially since Bronwyn is loose on the community, and the evil force within her starts to attack young girls. Can Elsabeth work with Tituba, the young nun, and others to save not only the community, but herself?

Strengths: Interesting twist on the run of the mill Salem story, because it combines historical facts (like the ergot of rye) with fantasy elements of the supernatural.

Weaknesses: This got a bit confusing with all of the moving about, and there were some things that didn't ring true for the historical period.

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