Random House Books for Young Readers History Smashers: Salem Witch Trials
Random House Books for Young Readers History Smashers: Salem Witch Trials

History Smashers: Salem Witch Trials

By Kate Messner


Publication Date: August 13, 2024

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Uncover the hidden truth about the Salem Witch Trials in the hit History Smashers nonfiction series. Perfect for fans of the I Survived books and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

In 1692, a few paranoid Puritans accused their neighbors of being witches sending the town flying off the (broomstick) handle. Before it was all over, dozens of women in Salem, Massachusetts were executed—burned at the stake. RIGHT?

WRONG! There was some serious witch worry, but no one in the United States was put on a pyre (though the truth isn't much better). And women weren’t the only ones caught in crossfire…maybe don’t read this one aloud to your dog.

What really happened? The truth is historians aren’t totally sure. But it is certain that religious beliefs, a changing world, and a few super nosy neighbors collided to spell disaster for one New England town. No joke!

From award-winning author Kate Messner comes the acclaimed nonfiction series that demolishes everything you thought you knew about history. And bust more puzzles of the past in History Smashers: Christopher Columbus and the Taino People, The Mayflower, and The Underground Railroad among others!

Series Overview: PUB PLAN:

Summer 2020 - Mayflower + Women's Right to Vote

Spring 2021 - Pearl Harbor + The Titanic

Summer 2021 - The American Revolution

Fall 2021 - Plagues & Pandemics

Summer 2022 - The Underground Railroad

Summer 2023 - Christopher Columbus & the Taino People

Summer 2024 - Salem Witch Trials

Spring 2025 - The Environment

About the Author

KATE MESSNER is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. Her titles include award-winning picture books, like Over and Under the Snow; novels, like Breakout and Chirp; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series and the popular Ranger in Time chapter books; and works of nonfiction with a focus on nature and history.

Author Residence: Plattsburgh, New York

Format: Paperback

Length: 240 pages

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: August 13, 2024

ISBN: 9780593705278

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