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Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter

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False accusations and false confessions of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, took her mother, Tituba, away from her. Now Violet seeks revenge on those who tore her family apart. Readers will be instantly transported back in time in this dark and gripping novel!

It's been a year since the Salem Witch Trials ended, and while the townspeople try their best to act like nothin
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by Yellow Jacket
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Hannah Greendale
The root of this book is a good idea - following Tituba’s daughter in the wake of the Salem witch trials - but it’s an idea that has been padded and stuffed and plumped and streeeeeeetched until it’s almost a novel.
Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
7/23/19:

ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh

No no no no no, this is scary.

We learned some stuff about the Salem Witch Trials in my Western Civ class today. Tituba was a character from the Trials that always stood out to me. A video in class mentioned that Tituba told stories of witches and stuff so that was why she was suspected.

I swear I'm not lying, I literally had the idea for a story about Tituba's daughter today. I swear. I was thinking "what if Tituba really was a witch" and thought about specific det
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Aryn
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to snag one of these beauties at Bookcon 2019 a week ago. Check out that cover, isn’t it gorgeous!?

As a modern day self identifying witch, the Salem Witch Trials have always been a source of fascination for me. Tituba was the slave woman who was the first to be accused of witchcraft in the trials – she was also the first to confess, which I believe came from a place of misunderstanding the language and fear (but that’s another story). She was accused of bewitching Betty and Ab
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Laura
I managed to grab an arc of this at BookCon this year so this review is based on an early copy and not the finished edition!

I had never heard of this before getting a copy of it and I actually quite enjoyed it. It is very easy to read and it is quite simple but it is middle grade so I can't quite complain. I thought the story was interesting. I haven't read much about the Salem witch trials and I really want to learn more about them now. Overall, this was a nice story and very easy to get throu
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Completely Melanie
I don't want to rate this book because I don't necessarily think it is a bad book, but it was just not a book that could keep my interest. This is middle grade (which I usually enjoy). I DNF'd this after reading about 54 pages. ...more
Amanda Williams
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book but the resolution was underwhelming...
Christine Desrochers-Broderick
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this!
Clinton Read
Feb 18, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a cute story for what it was. My issues were mainly that I felt that it was too rushed in places and the ending was just to convenient in my opinion. Will I ever reread this? Probably not but I am happy i read it though. I will state that I love how much the author got right when it came to her knowledge of The Salem Witch Trials. I did appreciate that.
Alenka
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KWinks
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this. The storytelling was pretty smooth and I whipped through it in two days. That said, I have mixed feelings about this one. At first I was of the thought that if "real" magic didn't happen when these young women created the coven, I was going to be let down. So much of the novel is historically accurate, so I figured the magic would be missing. Not so.
But it's a different KIND of magic that the girls pull off. So different from what was described
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Nina
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I heard the author give a talk about Only the Stars Know Her Name and after listening to how long she's been intrigued by the Salem witchcraft trials and visits Salem often, I HAD to buy the book because you could tell she was passionate about the subject matter.
I wasn't disappointed. The book is fantastic.
I've never heard of Tituba before, but that didn't matter because the story is more about her daughter anyway.
While Violet's story is fictional, it's absolutely intriguing enough that kids wil
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Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I like this book! It's full of magic and gray-scale morality and the determination of underestimated young girls. While the historical setting often leads to dialogue that doesn't sound natural for girls of this age, I really enjoyed the Salem post-witch trials setting.

Violet has to balance her own values versus revenge — or rather, as she realizes she actually needs, closure after the horrors of the witch trials forced her to question her own mother's g
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TJL
Oh. Oh, this was EXCELLENT.

I read a lot of Salem Witch Trials stuff, man, and I'm wary whenever I go into fictional stuff with it as the topic because sometimes authors really love to get up on their soapbox and preach, preach, preach, especially about misogyny sexism etc. etc., and that usually involves making excuses for the "afflicted" girls.

This book did not do that, and I was both surprised and DELIGHTED.

Violet was an excellent main character, compassionate and smart. Loved her to pieces a
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Jamie
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this book at BookCon in NYC in June 2019. This book was an easy but addicting read. If you're interested in learning about real history of the Salem Witch Trials with a twist of dramatization, this book is for you. This novel is based on a true story of a woman named Tituba and what could have happened with her daughter, Violet, after her and her husband were found guilty and sent away after the trials. Not a lot of information was given after the Salem Witch Trials abo ...more
Kaila
Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-ebooks, 2020
This book was MUCH shorter than I thought it was going to be as I read an electronic copy. I enjoyed it, though I wish it was longer. I do think however that the quickness of the story was fitting for the subject matter.

Essentially this is about the three girls and their quest for revenge on the people of Salem who caused them the loss of their families. One girl is the instigator, and considering that she was very charismatic, the other two went along with her, not realizing the reality of thei
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Lucas Barlow
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw this book, I thought it would be amazing. However, when I began to read it, something about the story felt off. Something was nagging me to stop reading, but I kept on anyway, and I am glad I did. What at first drove me away and confused me, now is what I appreciate most about the book. The book seems to move a mile a minute, and it feels like the story is going too fast. Until you realize, that this was intentional. The story took place over maybe a week, so of course, it would ...more
Erica
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I picked up this book at the public library because I’m also game for a book about witches and the Salem witch trials.

I enjoyed Violet’s story and the witchy stuff she and two other girls from Salem get into. It was fast-paced and each chapter was a cliffhanger.

I am not sure what age group to recommend this to, I think it will be 6th and 7th graders.
Michelle
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really fun, quick read. I liked the amount of effort that went into the historical background of this book, even though it quickly turned into a fictional book full of real witches and actual magic. It was a fun read, with some moral lessons sprinkled throughout, and I loved the overall story, and the progression of the main character throughout.
Amy Holland
I had made magic tonight, real magic, and I realized it had nothing to do with the Devil and everything to do with longing and anger and heartbreak. Just three broken girls joined together, summoning the power of the earth, the moon, and the air we breathed.
E'in Nadh
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Fast read but not entirely enjoyable. Was really intrigued by the concept but the execution was kinda disappointing. And the writing confused me sometimes because I didnt know who was speaking that dialogue. Oh well.
Megan
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Quick read. The plot was easy to figure out and follow, so I was thinking it would be a good story to reach plot. I’ve never read The Crucible, but after reading this book I would like to.
Sofia
Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WhAt Do YoU mEaN WhAt Do YoU mEaN WhAt Do YoU mEaN WhAt Do YoU mEaN WhAt Do YoU mEaN WhAt Do YoU mEaN
PWRL
Jan 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-new
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Lindy Santellan
Nov 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Very dark.
Janelle
Nov 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This started out engaging and then hit a long patch that felt more like a screenplay and then ended well and quickly as if the author got tired.
Nia Dragin
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Originally published on Cyn's Workshop

A fascinating novel that not only follows the aftermath of the Salem Witch Trials but also gives a voice to a person lost to history.

Little is known about Violet Indian, daughter of Tituba, the first to be accused of witchcraft and the first to confess and name co-conspirators. This novel follows Violet during the aftermath of the trials, leaving her an orphan slave, a practice too horrifying common during these dark times. It is a tale that follows the Sale
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