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Tituba of Salem Village

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A West Indies slave becomes entangled in the infamous witch trials of 17th-century Salem, Massachusetts

In 1688, Tituba and her husband, John, are sold to a Boston minister and sent to the strange world of Salem, Massachusetts. Rumors about witches are spreading like wildfire throughout the state, filling the heads of Salem’s superstitious, God-fearing residents. When the
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Open Road Media Teen & Tween (first published 1964)
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction.
"The island of Barbados lay like a jewel sparkling in the sea. It's yellow-white coral-encrusted coastline blazed in the brilliant light".

Tituba of Salem Village (Kindle Edition)
by Ann Petry

From Wikpedia:

Tituba was an enslaved woman, owned by Samuel Parris[1] of Danvers, Massachusetts. Although her origins are debated, research has suggested that she was a South American native and sailed from Barbados to New England with Samuel Parris.[2] Tituba was the first to be accused of practicing witch
I read this for two reasons, one I've been wanting to read Ann Petry for a while, The Street and The Narrows were republished in 2020, so I'm looking forward to reading them, but the main reason I chose this title is because I'm an avid reader of Maryse Condé, who wrote I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem having been inspired by Ann Petry's book.

I've read nothing about the witch trials before, though I'd heard of them, but I'm glad that this was my introduction, to see this little segment of America
Jul 31, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is one of the earliest books I read while in elementary school, and while it is mainly a children's book, it's a book for adults as well.

Tituba was held up to us kids as a black American historical figure--and the first to be accused of witchcraft during the infamous Salem Witch Trials--much like Crispus Attucks in The Boston Massacre, and the poet Phillis Wheatley confounding American revolutionists.

The truth, as time goes on, is much more complicated to ascertain, with one set of histori
The Witch of Blackbird Pond was my introduction to the Witch Trials of the colonial times. As I grew up and learned more about history, I learned about Salem and its witch issues. I read about Abigail and her cohorts and watched PBS specials about witches in US history. Finally, about three years ago, I heard about a book which presented Tituba's side of the story. I didn't find a copy of the book, though, until last summer.

Titube of Salem Village barely touches on the witch trials. Instead, it
The story of Tituba was very interesting- although I tend to not dwell into 'witch' related stories, this one kind of made me wonder Why were witches such a big thing back then? Today, to many, such things are thought foolish, but none the less, why where witches such a big thing for the Europeans? Did they think that woman who could swim and had unusual skills subjects to the devil, or does it date back to the crucifixion of Christ when Mary Magdalene fled with her child? (Some people think tha ...more
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jacky by: Scott Grimshaw
Shelves: ya, 2007
Some of my students were doing a web forum on Puritan books they are reading, so I read this one even though none of them are reading it so that I could have something to bring to the discussion. I've heard this is a low reading level, but it didn't seem all that different to A Break with Charity to me. I am strongly considering teaching this book next year, either as a lit circle option or in replacement of Rinadli's, for a change of pace.

I really enjoyed following Tituba through the whole stor
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.
Not the book about the Salem Witch trials that I read as a kid, but definitely an appropriate read for a child and a good introduction to this bit of American history.
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“You were my jewels” she said… “Were we her jewels?” Tituba thought. She still wears diamonds on her soft white hands and golden bracelets on her wrists” (page 3). This book didn't really catch my eye, I passed by it at first. But then i spotted the Salem Village in the title and i instantly picked it up. I always love books about the Salem Witch Trials and this historical fiction was no exception.
Tituba is a slave who is married to John, another slave. Their original owner; Susanna Endicott se
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that is fictional but based on facts about Tituba, the black slave in Salem who was one of the first three to be involved in the witch craze there.

The story starts off by telling how she and her husband, John Indian, were sold by their mistress to Reverend Parris of Salem. This was a time, of course, when there were slaves that could be bought and sold at an owner's whim.

They take up residence in Boston when they arrive from the Barbados. John also sees a witch hanging take place
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm surprised this is a children's book because I would have been so bored reading this as kid. Nothing really happens throughout this novel. Tituba is a historical figure because of her role in the Salem witch hunt/witch trials. Unfortunately, nothing eventful, or historically interesting, happens in this book until 155 pages in, and the entire novel is only 250 pages long! A subject rife with intrigue like the Salem witches doesn't need 155 pages of set up to build suspense or interest! The me ...more
I have never read this book before this summer (ideas for book club). I remember several of my former students in Peabody loving this tale of the Salem witches and I would love to do a Books and Bites with Salem so I have been acquiring after books about the witchcraft trials. Tibuta of Salem Village will not be that book. The characters and plot as flat as Giles Corey after the press. It took me a while to get through the book- very little action and when there was action it was slow. The trial ...more
Katie R. Herring
Oct 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biographic
This was a particularly good take on the Salem Witch Trails-- following Tituba, this story gives a new perspective on this tragic event.

Whenever I read about these trails, I just can't fathom how people just went with it. That was the time, though. Now a days it would be different, but would it really? We still have jealousy, greed, and spite in this world...

I hope to God something of this mass hysteria doesn't happen again, but if it does, we must remain strong, and not believe the ignorant.
I went through an intense Salem Witch Trials phase, and I always thought this was a really good handling of the events. I haven't read it in years, but I always thought Ann Petry had done a very good job of explaining what happened, and making the people involved people rather than historical figures. I've always thought it would have been an interesting basis for teaching a class on the subject. ...more
Sonia Allison
Apr 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't yet read this, I know you'd love it much as I just did. Is truly on our side kindly told abolition work.
Ann Petry is such a good person.
Black Pride.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tituba, the minister's slave, gazed into the stone watering trough. She did not see her own reflection. Instead, she saw a vision of herself, surrounded by angry people. The people were staring at her. Their faces showed fear.
That was several years ago. It is now 1692, and there is strange talk in Salem Village. Talk of witches. Several girls have been taken with fits, and there is only one explanation: Someone in the village has been doing the devil's work. All eyes are on Tituba, the one pers
Thistle & Verse
I had some difficulty getting into this story just because I knew a little about Tituba already and that a lot of bad things happen to her. Tituba was portrayed pretty consistently and relatably. Petry gives readers a good sense of how precarious Tituba's life was as an enslaved woman in Salem. I would have liked Petry to flesh out Tituba's relationship with her husband. Understandably, her relationships with her charges dominate the story, but I would have liked to see more of her life outside ...more
Jennifer Mangler
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Tituba is a fascinating historical figure, and I never feel as if, in the stories of the witch trials, I ever really get to know her. This book helped change that. What happened to her is horrifying because, as a woman on the margins of society, she was an easy target for a group of girls and young women, themselves normally powerless, wielding the little bit of power all the attention gave them and pointing the finger at easy targets their society would be willing to persecute.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting YA historical novel about the witchcraft hysteria in Salem Village in the 17th century, focusing on Tituba, a slave brought there with her husband, John. It’s a thoughtful look at scapegoating and what it’s like to be an “other” person, not fitting in with the community, and how easy it is to misread events. Hmmm, now that sounds familiar...
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really interesting to see the Salem witch trial story told through a slaves point of view. Plus, the whole incident is bizarre and interesting. And I like stories of historical New England since I'm from Massachusetts. ...more
T'Ianna  Moore
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It gave a different point of view and kept my attention. I was around 11 or 12 when I read this.
Gen Quihuis
Sep 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I felt that the ending was rushed, but it was fascinating to see the hysteria behind and in the witch trials. Absolute madness.
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When humans do the bidding of the devil, and I’m not talking about the supposed witches.
Wanda J.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book was riviting! I really enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down! I became invested in the characters. Well written!
Task: Popsugar Reading Challenge 2018 - A childhood classic you've never read - 4/5 stars

Loved this. Amazing, subtle character work.
Brooklyn Hermes
Salem Witch Trials had not been something to mess with at that time. Ann Petry wrote the book Tituba of Salem Village to clearly explain what the Salem Witch Trials had been like during those days. Tituba had started out as a slave who had been known for her works in magic and cards. “You see, they keep asking the girls, who bewitches you? And they give the same answer over and over, Good and Tituba and Osburne.” Tituba has been accused of witchcraft and is to be sent on trial for this accusatio ...more
Krista Stevens
Actually a rather interesting read on Tituba, wrong place, wrong time, well-known character from the Salem Witch Trials. Tituba and her husband miss the beauty and warmth of Barbados when their master sells them to Rev. Parris. In this story, the girls she cares for, Abigail and Betty, are more appropriately their correct age than in "The Crucible"; Betty's mother although ill is not dead and no one has an affair with John Proctor.
Great point of view from Tituba. When she says she travels back t
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable & thought-provoking fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials for middle school-aged readers. The author does a great job of illustrating the theory that the bewitched girls were mostly second-class citizens (young women who were either servants or orphan relatives treated as such) exerting power in the only way available to them - by trampling on those very few who were underneath them socially: the third-class citizens (old women, the homeless or mentally ill, slaves). I ...more
Sep 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 9-12 year olds who know nothing about the Salem witch trials
This rating is an average of what I thought of the book after reading it at around age 9 and what I (more or less) remember thinking of it after reading it when I was older. When I was a kid, the whole thing captivated me -- the whole forbidden aspect of the magic, and I suppose wanting to believe that maybe the magic would turn out to be real. And the drama of the whole situation. I seem to remember not thinking it was all that great reading it later. It was -- well, just obviously a kids' stor ...more
Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In elementary school I was obsessed with the Salem witch trials and continually checked this book out from the library (along with a slim history that I found a few years ago and was astonished to realize was the work of Shirley Jackson). Although it must be decades since I read it, the prose is still embedded in my muscle memory-- I was jolted by the familiarity of certain passages. Tituba is a great work of imagination and insight into what the experience must have been like-- the horror of sl ...more
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Ann Petry (October 12, 1908 – April 28, 1997) was an American author who became the first black woman writer with book sales topping a million copies for her novel The Street.

The wish to become a professional writer was raised in Ann for the first time in high school when her English teacher read her essay to the class commenting on it with the words: “I honestly believe that you could be a writer

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