I Walk in Dread

I Walk in Dread

The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials

Book - 2004
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Twelve-year-old Deliverance Trembley writes in her diary about the fears and doubts that arise during the 1692 witch hunt and trials in Salem Village, Massachusetts, especially when her pious friend, Goody Corey, is condemned as a witch.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2004.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780439249737
Call Number: Kids Fiction
Characteristics: 231 p. : ill., map ; 20 cm.
Subjects: Trials (Witchcraft) -- Massachusetts -- Salem -- Juvenile fiction.
Puritans -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
Diaries -- Juvenile fiction.
Salem (Mass.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Juvenile fiction.
Historical fiction, Juvenile.
Paranormal fiction.


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Apr 11, 2017

I love the Dear America books. I grew up with them and they always seemed to tell really interesting stories. Sometimes they got a little dark--such as Winter of the Red Snow--but it fit due to the subject matter.

Here I felt that the author was afraid of the subject matter of the book: the Salem Witch Trials. The story took place outside of Salem and the sisters tended to get their information from other people. This meant that the action took place off-stage. I was really disappointed by this because a Dear America book about the Salem Witch Trials had so much potential, and this book came across as a wasted opportunity. I would have loved to see a character who lived IN Salem as it happened and witnessed the events HERSELF, perhaps even knowing some of the accused. After all, in Winter of the Red Snow, the main character lived in a town where the soldiers came through, met Martha Washington, and even saw some of the soldiers and the wounds they suffered herself.

All in all, I would give this book a pass. There are much better Dear America books out there where the author doesn't keep the action at arm's length.

VL_ Jun 19, 2013

"I Walk in Dread" was one of the best books I have read. The book was filled with suspense and sadness. The way the author wrote it was also very interesting. I recommend children ages 12 and older to read this fascinating and outstanding book!!!! If you do read the book I hope you will agree with me! ENJOY!!

Mar 31, 2006

When Deliverance finds a blank book under the furniture, she endeavors to keep a diary about her life at Salem Farms in 1691 and 1692. The odd occurrences that she starts to write about soon turn into a very frightening and deadly outcome. And although Deliverance tries to keep a cool head, others around her are becoming more determined to find and destroy the witches that they feel are at the heart of all their troubles. Gossip and hatred lead to the destruction of lives, and soon she is afraid that she will be the next one accused. This book deals with prejudice and hatred in a most gripping narrative that leads the reader to the shocking conclusion. Another fine addition in the Dear America series.


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