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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

DiaAlv ,


This book had me at the edge of my seat! Amazing and inspiring ! A must read for all those hopelessly romantic

JWndy ,

Fun to read

I too am fascinated with the history of the Salem witch trials and enjoy reading and learning about it. I enjoyed reading this book very much and loved the connection between the actions of those who lived through it hundreds of years ago and the behavior of some who live today. It was a fun adventure and would recommend to anyone who loves a fun twist to a true historical event. Thank you for writing.

Jsloan04 ,

Amazing details

This is such an amazing story filled with such great historical detail that is still relevant in today’s world. I love how this really works at the heart of bullying it’s great for anyone with teens or pre-teens to address that issue but it also goes much deeper and you root for Samantha every step of the way.

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