How to Hang A Witch

How to Hang A Witch

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The #1 New York Times bestseller!

It's the Salem Witch Trials meets Mean Girls in this New York Times bestselling novel from one of the descendants of Cotton Mather, where the trials of high school start to feel like a modern-day witch hunt for a teen with all the wrong connections to Salem's past.

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials--and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were?

If dealing with that weren't enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it's Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.

"It's like Mean Girls meets history class in the best possible way." -- Seventeen Magazine

"Mather shines a light on the lessons the Salem Witch Trials can teach us about modern-day bullying--and what we can do about it." -- Bustle.com

"Strikes a careful balance of creepy, fun, and thoughtful." -- NPR

I am utterly addicted to Mather's electric debut . It keeps you on the edge of your seat, twisting and turning with ghosts, witches, an ancient curse, and--sigh--romance. It's beautiful. Haunting. The characters are vivid and real. I. Could. Not. Put. It. Down." -- Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places
Publisher: New York : Ember, 2017.
ISBN: 9780553539509
9780553539479
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Mathe
Characteristics: 358 pages ; 21 cm

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LoganLib_Kirra Jun 17, 2018

How To Hang A Witch was a fascinating, mysterious book with a real-life background that made it even more enjoyable. The author of this book, Adriana Mather, is actually descended from Cotton Mather who lived in the town of Salem and although he had many historical works and acts in his time the one he is most remembered for is his part in the Salem witch trials. In the modern day of this book Sam Mather (the fictional descendent of Cotton) comes to live in Salem and the people of the town, including the teenagers descended from the original witches of Salem, aren't very welcoming to her. Then soon after she settles into her new school and house strange, unexplainable things start occuring.

LoganLib_Ashlee Jun 03, 2018

A fantastic read that will keep you intrigued the whole way through!

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Sansha
Feb 20, 2018

Thought this book was a bit to convuluted. Had a great ending though. Interesting fact, the author is related to Cotton Mather who played a large part in the Salem Witch Trials.

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Csmith4302007
Feb 18, 2017

I couldn't really get into those book right away but I kept reading and I ended up loving the book. Really looking forward to her new book coming out and getting to see what kind of author she really is!

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tink05
Sep 15, 2016

This was such a good read. I'd highly recommend it.

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