Salem, Massachusetts – 1692
Thomas is marked as an outcast the moment he steps off the ship from England. As a Quaker, he’s outnumbered and distrusted by Salem’s Puritans. And as an orphan without any useful skills, he has nowhere to live and no way to earn his keep. In a stroke of luck—perhaps good, perhaps not—he’s taken in by the aged widow Prudence Blevins, who’s rumored to be a witch.
Patience has tried all her life to be a good Puritan—obedient to God and to her elders—and all her life, she has come up short. But her orderly world is upended when her younger sister, Abigail, falls victim to a mysterious affliction. The same torments have stricken other Salem girls, who claim they’re being bewitched by servants of the Devil. Soon the girls, including Abigail, begin accusing neighbors of witchcraft.
As the community becomes consumed by suspicion and fear, Thomas and Patience search for the truth. To protect those they care about, they will have to question everything they think they know: their faiths, their loyalties, and their places in Salem.
|Grade 6 - Grade 12
|SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Carolrhoda Lab ®
|Number of Pages
Author: Lois Ruby
Lois Ruby is a former librarian and the author of twenty-two books for young readers. She divides her time among family, community social action, research, writing, and visiting schools to energize young people about the ideas in books and the joys of reading. Lois lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, and shares her life with her psychologist husband, Dr. Tom Ruby, as well as their three sons and daughters-in-law and seven amazing grandchildren, who are scattered around the country.
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“Ruby powerfully showcases the terror, and the consequences, of a witchcraft accusation on the accused as well as the community as a whole in the era.” —School Library Journal
“Effective historical fiction revisiting a fascinating and complicated time in American history.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Through the eyes of her flawed but persevering fictional characters, Lois Ruby paints a vivid picture of prejudice, suspicion, and the cruelty that results from them.”—Mary Downing Hahn, author of What We Saw
“Both immersive and timely.”—Susan Kaplan Carlton, author of In the Neighborhood of True
“Gripping and harrowing…Told in crisp and vivid detail, Gallows Hill brings history to life for readers young and old.” —Carolee Dean, Author of Forget Me Not
“A page-turner of a satisfying story . . . Highly recommended!” —Sandra Fenichel Asher, author and playwright