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|Father of lies|
Author: Turner, Ann Warren
In 1692, Lidda, 14, who experiences visions and hears voices, tries to expose the lies of the Salem Witch Trials without being hanged as a witch herself.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 5.90
Points: 7.0 Quiz: 143159
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 12.0 Quiz: 53223
Common Core Standards
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 6 → Reading → RL Literature → 6.RL Range of Reading & Level of Text Complexity
Grade 6 → Reading → CCR College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards fo
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Range of Reading & LEvel of Text Complexity
Grade 7 → Reading → RL Literature → 7.RL Integration of Knowledge & Ideas
Grade 8 → Reading → RL Literature → 8.RL Key Ideas & Details
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Craft & Structure
Grade 5 → Reading → RL Literature → 5.RL Integration & Knowledge of Ideas
Kirkus Reviews (01/01/11)
School Library Journal (03/01/11)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (01/11)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2011 Waking in the night, 14-year-old Lidda is alarmed when she first sees the handsome, silver-eyed “creature” leaning against her bedroom wall and finds that she can hear his voice in her head. Her initial fear gives way to longing as the sensuous, insinuating, mysterious spirit, called Lucian, comes and goes in her mind, congratulating her for being different from the other girls in seventeenth-century Salem. When accusations of witchcraft lead toward deadly consequences, Lidda realizes that some of the accusers are lying and fears that she will be a victim of her community’s dangerous madness. The first appended author’s note discusses Lidda’s personal madness, bipolar illness, and a second separates history from fiction in the novel. Turner draws a powerful portrayal of Lidda’s troubled inner world without defining whether Lucian is real or imagined. Despite the well-researched and vividly imagined depiction of the setting, the novel and its heroine have a rather contemporary feel. A new story inspired by historical events in early America. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 03/01/2011 Gr 7–10—In Salem Village in the late 1600s, just as historical townsfolk including Goody Nurse, Tituba, and John Hathorne are finding themselves on one side or the other of accusations of witchcraft, Lidda Johnson is in a tricky situation. The 14-year-old child in a family that ranges from a nursing infant to a bearded, pipe-smoking older brother, she has lately been hearing voices and now begins to see an apparition. He introduces himself as Lucian and gently (and sometimes not so gently) mocks the schoolmates and neighbors who fling about accusations of devilry. Lidda's older sister doesn't have much patience with the protagonist's oddities, though her younger sister senses that something is wrong. Unlike the adults in Salem and Boston, Lidda sees through the attention-seeking antics of those she comes to think of as "the murder girls." Her efforts to force the truth to light eventually render her mute. The issue of loss of control is central to the story, whether it is Lidda refusing to control her body with stays or trying to control her thoughts when she hears Lucian's voice in her head. Turner's writing smoothly portrays the cold New England countryside and the isolation Lidda feels as she attempts to keep her hallucinations a secret. While the story covers the same ground as Stephanie Hemphill's Wicked Girls (HarperCollins, 2010) and Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Lidda's perspective as a doubting observer gives it a different twist. Endnotes about bipolar disorder direct readers toward that explanation for Lidda's sensory experiences, and historical notes are included.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.