Author: Katherine Howe
Length: 432 Pages
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Genre: Historical Fiction, General Fiction
Source: Harris County Public Library
Reasons for Reading: I often recommend Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane to readers seeking a good book to read. Of course, when Howe’s Conversion arrived in the order department at Harris County Public Library, I placed a request on it.
Summary : Howe offers us two points of view. The first belongs to Colleen Rowley is a stressed out high senior attending the prestigious St. Joan’s Academy in the year 2012. Various classmates of Colleen’s succumb to odd behavior – tics, panic, hysteria, etc. On top of that, a popular teacher mysteriously departs. All of this just happens to take place in Danvers, Massachusetts. The other point of view comes from a recalcitrant, grown up Ann Putnam. In 1706, Ann builds up the courage to publicly confess to her part in the witch hunt known as the infamous Salem Witch Trials.
One Thing I Learned from this book: I rediscovered that Danvers used to be Salem Village.
What I Liked: I liked the Easter eggs referring to one of my favorite books – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. Also, I felt Colleen and her friends were genuine, well-conceived characters.
What I Disliked: I wanted a few of the loose ends to be tied. Maybe there will be a sequel?
You might also like:
- Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
- Arthur Miller’s The Crucible
- Ann Rinaldi’s A Break with Charity
For more, check out the following sites:
- Conversion by Katherine Howe | Nerdy Book Club
- Book Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe | Navigating the Stormy Shelves
- Review: Conversion by Katherine Howe – The Librarian Who Doesn’t Say Shh!