How to Hang a Witch

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Samantha Mather believes she is cursed, especially now that her father is in a coma in the hospital. She and her step-mom are unable to maintain the costs of living in New York, so they move to the old family home in Salem, Massachusetts, where she is not welcome at all. That’s right, she’s that Mather, the one related to Cotton Mather, who instigated the Salem witch trials. The old families are still there, and their kids make up the Descendants group in school. Samantha becomes aware of an age-old menace in Salem when she finds her grandmother’s careful notes about waves of deaths, always when all the Descendants are in Salem at the same time. She just hopes she can stop the next wave in time with the help of her cute neighbor, Jaxon. This story is sure to entice readers who have an obsession with this dark time in our history, and this book doesn’t disappoint. The heroine is spunky and humorous, and the author’s parallels to bullying are uplifting and enlightening. The love triangle may be a bit forced, but the relationships are sweet, even if impossible. This is a must-add to any paranormal collection.

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Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 368 pages
Publisher Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publish Date 2016-07-26
ISBN 9780553539479 Buy this Book
Issue September 2016
Category Tweens


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