Lies in the Dust
Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials
Lies in the Dust
This searing graphic novel goes inside the head of Ann Putnam, the only girl to apologize for sending 26 people to their death in the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. In Salem’s dark days of 1692 and 1693, young girls pointed fingers and accused others of witchcraft, sentencing them to torture or even death. When the cloud lifted, and accusations were shown to be false, the girls faced little, if any, penalty. Were they sorry? No one knows. Only one girl, Ann Putnam, Jr., felt moved to show remorse publicly. Fourteen years after the trials, Ann wrote a letter of apology. This is her story.

Book Details

Genre: 

  • Manga/Graphic Novel

Age Level: 

  • 12 and up
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The Salem Witch Trials of 1692 and 1693 seem like something out of a horror story. In one of America’s darkest chapters, Puritan girls accused scores of men and women of witchcraft. When it was finally over, at least 20 people had been executed or had died in jail. But what happened to the young accusers? The short graphic novel Lies in the Dust takes a look at Ann Putnam, the only girl who ever formally apologized for her actions.

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A few years after the Salem Witch Trials took place, a girl named Ann recollects what happened and her part in it. She had been young, and her parents and uncle had influenced her negatively, resulting in many of the hangings that took place. Currently, her mother and father are dead and she is the caretaker of her five siblings. Throughout the story the audience sees Ann’s memories, her interactions with her younger siblings, and other events she couldn’t have remembered but were still important to the dynamic of the story.  

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Lies in the Dust, a graphic novel

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Written by Jakob Krane with art by Timothy Decker, Lies in the Dust is an informative and haunting work of historical fiction in the form of a short graphic novel. Lies in the Dust is set fourteen years after the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. It provides its reader with an artistic perspective on Ann Putnam Jr.'s public apology for her part in the trials as she expresses shame and remorse for her actions.

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Readers beware! Ahead lies a tale of remorse and a broken heart crying for help. Join Ann Putnam in the year 1692 as she is accused of being a spawn of Satan himself during the Salem Witch Trials. Accusations are lain upon her by the whole town. Still, through adversity, Ann takes care of her family by begging for what little food the people who shun her would give. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Lies in the Dust written by Jakob Crane is a wonderful graphic novel that depicts life in Salem, Massachusetts during the 1600s. I found this book captivating because what happened in Salem is a horrific event that has caught my interest ever since I first heard about it. Throughout the book, the author gives the readers a historically correct sense of what happened during the trials. This book has some mature content because it does include the deaths of people, and their trials. That can be found violent because the author does show how the people were killed.

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Lies in the Dust is a short graphic novel by Jakob Crane and Timothy Decker which tells the tale of the Salem Witch Trials, but with a new twist that few have attempted before. Its pages chronicle these dark days, in which many innocent people were accused of witchcraft and sentenced to death.

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The book Lies in the Dust is a graphic novel about the Salem Witch Trials and a young woman named Ann Putnam. Ann Putnam gives us her insight on how the Salem Witch Trials came about and her participation in the multiple deaths of innocent people, with the aid of her sister, mother and father. Ann and her sister are being controlled by fear so they go along with her parent's plan to falsely accuse and hang the women and men of the town. By doing this, her parents believe they gain power over the little pitiful village but they only gain disrespect and fear.

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Filled with horror and torture, the Salem Witch Trials were very dark and terrible. Many young girls accused people witchcraft and soon after the accused were killed, even if they were innocent. This graphic novel tells the story of Ann Putnam, a main accuser, years after the Salem Witch Trials. Ann Putnam describes the full truth of the Salem Witch Trials in detail, including her many regrets.

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