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A Break With Charity: A Story About The Salem Witch Trials

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  4,800 Ratings  ·  415 Reviews
Susanna desperately wants to join the circle of girls who meet every week at the parsonage. What she doesn't realize is that the girls are about to set off a torrent of false accusations leading to the imprisonment and execution of countless innocent people. Susanna faces a painful choice. Should she keep quiet and let the witch-hunt panic continue, or should she "break ch ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 298 pages
Published 1992 by Gulliver Books/Harcourt Brace & Company
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Ellisa Barr
Feb 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle-school age kids
Recommended to Ellisa by: a yahoo list
I didn't like this book at first because the way she portrayed the setting was too informational for me. Too many names and facts. I kept reading though and started getting interested in the story. I also didn't like the main character very much. I thought she seemed very weak and full of lame excuses, not really realistic. I did like that the book was based on real people though. I wish I'd known that before I finished the book. If I was in middle-school I think I would have loved this book, an ...more
Janie Johnson
This is book 4 for the read-a-thon challenge I am a part of. I had read another book by Ann Rinaldi so I decided to give this one a try. I don't read many witch stories but this was a great choice for the challenge of reading a book outside of my comfort Zone.

This book covers the Salem Witch trials in the late 1600's that starts with a circle of girls who want to cause trouble for the town of Salem just for sport. One girls discovers the secrets of the circle but struggles to reveal such secrets
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kari
Oct 18, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2010
Historical fiction can be more fiction and less history and more history and less fiction, but this book is strong in both the story while keeping the history correct.
The language reads so authentic, not too old-fashioned, but highly readable while remaining true to the times.
I was pulled into the story from the first pages. What young girl doesn't ache to be a part of the group, particularly when it seems that they are having fun in a society where fun isn't readily available? Three hundred an
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Gaele
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I’ve long held the belief that an Ann Rinaldi book opens the door to a younger reader, teaching them that they can connect and enjoy history. My daughter loved her books, and it fed her ability and willingness to explore more history, and not fear the research. What holds true with every book that I can name from this author, the characters are easy to understand and get to know, particularly for younger readers who are not as concerned with a
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Gretchen
Sep 20, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always had a fascination with "the witch trials" that occured in Salem so when I found this book and found that it was fiction based on historical fact I was intrigued. Ms. Rinaldi's description throughout the novel was precise and makes the reader feel a part of the story, The reader can sympathize with the heroine and other characters of the story. The age old battle of good vs evil and what starts out as "sport" due to boredom that soon encompasses an entire town and indeed goes down in ...more
Cindy
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: American History Students
Recommended to Cindy by: Zoe Morgan
I love what is written on the back of this book. It says, " WARNING: This is a historical novel. Read at your own risk. The writer feels it necessary to alert you to the fact that you might enjoy it."

I did enjoy it, very much. I knew generally what happened during the salem witch trials, but never any deals. This book did a very good job of teaching and entertaining at the same time. A very good read. I think that student of American history should read this.

Note to parents: There are hangings,
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Jennifer
Mar 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rinaldi's books are always hit or miss with me. Some of them are fascinating and I can't put them down. Others get so bogged down in history that character development seems lost at times. Fortunately, "A Break with Charity" is one of the former. I picked up this book from the school library on a Friday afternoon and read a few chapters before falling asleep that evening. Saturday morning, I refused to do anything else until I finished. I won't give away much of the plot, except to say that Rina ...more
Kate Morris(:
A Break with Charity
by: Ann Rinaldi

1. The setting of this book is Salem Village in 1692. The book demonstrates the Witch Trials and all the events that took place during this time.

2. This book follows a young girl, Susanna English through her experience with the Witch Trials. Before the trials began she knew the girls were faking, but she promised she wouldn't tell anybody. When the trials got worse she had trouble keeping the secret. Her family life changed a lot as more people got accused.
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Annie
Sep 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boston-ish
Ann Rinaldi strikes again. I probably read this book a half dozen times as a preteen and it’s still, as an adult, an immersive read populated with well-drawn characters (including an interesting choice of narrator: Susanna English) and a gripping sense of unease.

Onwards in our journey through Salem witch-lit. Next up, interestingly enough, are some novels written by a descendant of our very own Susanna English here: Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Kara
Feb 17, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kara by: Annalise
I've had an interest in this subject for quite some time, heightened by the fact that I recently learned I have an ancestor who was accused of witchcraft in the days of Salem. This was a believable story that drew me in and made me want to read more.
Megan
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Break with Charity is a great book that takes place in 1692 Salem, New England. In this book the main character Susanna English faces a big bump in the road regarding witchcraft. Witchcraft was not a subject taken lightly in that time period; witchcraft would be dealt with by either trial, jail, or in a lot of cases death. Susanna starts off as an innocent teen who always longs to fit in, but when fitting in means being incorporated with witchcraft what price will she pay? Breaking Charity mea ...more
Jessika
I just love Ann Rinaldi. Pardon the cliché, but she brings history to life. I've always been into learning about Salem, especially after having visited there about 2 months ago. I was hooked on Rinaldi's take on Salem's events and had a hard time putting this one down, even though it was geared towards a middle grade audience. She not only provided an interesting viewpoint on the trials (Susanna's), but she provided historical detail without making the story dry. That is all too imperative when ...more
Maureen
I found this book in the "young adult" section of the library, so I already knew that the novel is most likely directed towards a more adolescent population. The vocabulary and style was nothing too difficult, and most of the points that were being made were fairly straightforward and easy to derive even from just a breezy reading. That being said, I think the best aspect of this little book is the fact that it's mostly based on what the author has found in her historical research. Almost all th ...more
Amber Cooney
Jun 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An easy-to-follow take on the Salem Witch Trials. Author spends considerable time in the epilogue distinguishing fact from fiction, which I can appreciate. Rinaldi also chose a unique perspective for this work, which was that of a young, conscience-ridden girl relatively isolated from the trials for most of the book. She based the book off of considerable primary source documents, and I appreciated how close Rinaldi stayed to fact. It was a fast read and move about effortlessly. I remember think ...more
Rachel
Feb 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comments I wrote in my 8th-grade reading log:
"This book took place during the Salem Witch trials. It was from the point of view of a girl living in Salem at that time. She wished she ahd stepped in and said something, anything, to stop that madness. It made me think of the quote 'If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem' "
Courtney
This is a kind of sad book, with all the hangings and all. But is was still good. It is, however, my least favorite out of all of her books that I've read. That doesn't make it not good though. They were all good, I just liked the others better. :)
Cathrine Glover
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting historical Fiction about the Salem witch trials. It will keep a readers interest, easy to read, appeals more to females than to males. Can use as an option in a middle school for a historical fiction novel.
Wendy
Girls hated their prospects in life so they allow ovwer 100 people to be accused of witchcraft and to be put to death. All in the name of Puritanism. I love books about the hypocracy of religion. I saw the movie Two Men of Florence this past weekend about Galileo and I loved it.
Carolyn
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disturbing.very well written. Thoroughly researched. Awesome.
Seaport
Mar 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I checked this book from the library, intrigued with USA history. I recommend this book to anyone! It's really good, sad- but good. It's an eye opener and well written.
Cortnie
Dec 09, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I really enjoyed this book. it was like part two to the Crucible, but by a different author and a different story, but it's still the same story. awesome.
Iceman
Dec 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
FACTOS HISTÓRICOS

Em Janeiro de 1692, na comunidade puritana de Salém, Nova Inglaterra, Elisabeth Parris de nove anos e Abigail Williams de onze, começaram a exibir comportamentos menos próprios. Numa comunidade onde às crianças não era permitido ter infância, onde os problemas próprios da adolescência não era tolerado nem compreendido, estas duas crianças, de um momento para o outro, começaram a apresentar desvios comportamentais preocupantes e chocantes. Blasfemavam, tinham ataques apoplécticos
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Isabella
A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials by Ann Rinaldi

A Break with Charity is a novel about the Salem Witch Trials that occurred in Salem, Massachusetts, back in 1691. Susanna English is the main character and narrator of this story. A group of girls had claimed to be afflicted by witches, and approached by the devil, in the form of innocent townsfolk. This group had formed a circle that would throw fits and accuse ingenuous people of partaking in the art of witchcraft. This c
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Leigha
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1. A Break With Charity: A story about the Salem With Trials The author of this book is Ann Rinaldi. The setting of this book is in 1692, in Salem town and Village.

2. This book, A Break With Charity, takes place in 1692, In Salem town and Village. This book was about the Witch Trials that were happening in Salem. This book tells us about the hysetria that was going on in 1692, and it also tells us about how life today is similar to life then. The main charecters in this story are Sussana Engli
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Jen Pasquariello
Jan 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Break with Charity Author: Ann Rinaldi

This book takes place in the town of Salem, Massachussetts in 1692, when witchcraft broke out.
The story begins with a normal day in Salem Village. Slowly a group of teengage girls got involved in witchcraft. The girls try to accuse people of being involved with the devil through spectrak evidence.As the trial goes on,many were believing the girls.People were getting accused of witchcraft through the girl's "fits."Many innocent people then start to get ha
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Angelica Paulino
Oct 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book because it was historical fiction and was based on the Salem Witch Trial that were held in the past. I also liked it because the author did not really go into details at what exactly happened to people who were accused of witchcraft. The author just showed that they hanged people. This book was written in first person, from the perspective of Susanna English. The first person point of view really adds a lot of feeling.
It all started out talking about a group of girls who
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Eden
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
Susanna wants to the join the circle of girls who meet at parsonage every day in Salem Village. But not being from the village herself, they refuse to invite her.

Susanna learns what the girls do at these meetings, but doesn't doesn't realize what these girls will do to Salem and those who live there.

I've read a lot about the Salem Witch Trials, fiction and non-fiction. I even visited Salem when I was 17. Learning about Salem, the witch trials and its history has always interested me. That is on
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Rachel
I'm a little torn on this one . . . I was pretty bothered by what I think were big historical inaccuracies (granted, I'm no historian and definitely not an expert on this time period . . . or any time period, really . . . but I read this alongside a few nonfiction accounts of the Salem witch trials and none of them jive with the lifestyles, thought processes, and reasoning portrayed in this book). I struggled to get past things like, for example, young girls traveling miles alone in the dead of ...more
Andrea
This book turned out to be MUCH more interesting than I expected! I had never read or learned about the Salem witch trials, and this book took a very interesting perspective. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have much knowledge of these events and wants to learn more!

Rinaldi did an excellent job of creating a wonderful setting for this book. She really allowed the reader to experience the different customs and expectations of the 1690's and the Puritan culture. I was shocked to
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Ann Rinaldi (b. August 27, 1934, in New York City) is a young adult fiction author. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was lis ...more
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“I will stand by you. You must not be afraid. This is a brave land, Susanna, founded by brave people who never shrank from their duty or their vision of freedom. But this land has a future only if each of us stands up for what is right when it is given us to do so.” 6 likes
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