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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

“Strikes a careful balance of creepy, fun, and thoughtful.” —NPR
I am utterly addicted to Mather’s electric debutIt 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

Young Adult
July 26
Random House Children's Books
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

kaylani chan ,


iT iS sO aMaZiNgggggg!!!

alicia mil ,

i need more!!

i absolutely love this book! i’ve read both of these books three times! i need a third book! not only is it filled with supernatural (my favorite topic) but the HISTORY that is mixed in is so amazing (my other favorite topic). definitely one of my favorite books ❤️

Michalle1988 ,

Absolutely breath taking

This amazing book had me hooked from the start! I stayed up one night for 3 hours straight to finish the story. I felt as if i were a part of the girls and the amazing feeling of actually living in modern day Salem, Massachusetts has always been a dream for me. Well this author captured beautifully! The ghost/ witch love story was mysteriously sexy and unique. Never seen that concept before. I love this so much i immediately read the second one and fell in love all over again!

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