Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Up and Coming: Conversion by Katherine Howe

Librarian M has a book with a lot going for it and a lot going on in it!

Conversion by Katherine Howe

Release Date: July 1, 2014

Something weird is going on at St. Joan’s Academy in Danvers, MA. At first, only a few girls are affected (one develops a vocal tic, one loses all of her hair, one loses control over her legs), but soon many students are succumbing to the mysterious illness while health and school officials scramble to figure out what is going on.

Woven into this present-day narrative is another story set in early 18th century Salem, MA. One of the girls who was part of the Salem witch trials is having a conversation with a minister in which she confesses the truth about the accusations that she and several other girls made against residents of their village. This past narrative throws an interesting shade on the present-day story and makes the reader wonder about what is really causing the girls in Danvers to break down in such unique and unpleasant ways.

This book has a lot going on (realistic fiction/mystery/historical fiction/medical drama) but it all works together and makes for a compelling story. Anyone interested in the above genres should give it a try.

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