The witch trials are a circus. The afflicted girls, as well as many local residents, attend the trials. The accused witches are not appointed counsel, and their words of defense fall on impatient ears.
The Declaration of Independence was penned in 1776. This is Philadelphia in 1778, in the midst of the Rebels and the Loyalists. 14-year-old Becca Syng is sent to work and live as a maid with the spoiled Peggy Shippen, future wife of Benedict Arnold.
We are in a veritable golden age of great books for kids right now. So good, in fact, that little elements you might never expect can be found on some of the pages of the most seemingly innocuous books. Don't believe me? Here's a little something surprising from each of the categories we explored on our list.
Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at NYPL, introduced the program. Jane Breskin Zalben moderated the panel, which consisted of Laurent Linn, Leonard Marcus, Neal Porter, Caroline Ward, Susan Roth, and Elizabeth Harding.