Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter

Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter

False accusations and false confessions of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, took her mother, Tituba, away from her. Now Violet seeks revenge on those who tore her family apart. Readers will be instantly transported back in time in this dark and gripping novel!It's been a year since the Salem Witch Trials ended, and while the townspeople try their best to act like...

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Title:Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter
Author:Amanda Marrone
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Only the Stars Know Her Name: Salem’s Lost Story of Tituba’s Daughter Reviews

  • TJL

    Oh. Oh, this was EXCELLENT.

    I read a lot of Salem Witch Trials stuff, man, and I'm wary whenever I go into fictional stuff with it as the topic because sometimes authors really love to get up on their soapbox and preach, preach, preach, especially about misogyny sexism etc. etc., and that usually involves making excuses for the "afflicted" girls.

    This book did not do that, and I was both surprised and DELIGHTED.

    Violet was an excellent main character, compassionate and smart. Loved her to pieces

    Oh. Oh, this was EXCELLENT.

    I read a lot of Salem Witch Trials stuff, man, and I'm wary whenever I go into fictional stuff with it as the topic because sometimes authors really love to get up on their soapbox and preach, preach, preach, especially about misogyny sexism etc. etc., and that usually involves making excuses for the "afflicted" girls.

    This book did not do that, and I was both surprised and DELIGHTED.

    Violet was an excellent main character, compassionate and smart. Loved her to pieces and was so glad to see her say "Whoa, okay, I'm MAD, but I am REALLY not okay with killing people." Not what I was expecting, seeing as how so much young adult lit tends to go the "destroy your oppressors completely" attitude.

    I was so happy with this book. It wasn't what I was expecting and that made me so happy.

  • Nina

    I heard the author give a talk about Only the Stars Know Her Name and after listening to how long she's been intrigued by the Salem witchcraft trials and visits Salem often, I HAD to buy the book because you could tell she was passionate about the subject matter.

    I wasn't disappointed. The book is fantastic.

    I've never heard of Tituba before, but that didn't matter because the story is more about her daughter anyway.

    While Violet's story is fictional, it's absolutely intriguing enough that kids

    I heard the author give a talk about Only the Stars Know Her Name and after listening to how long she's been intrigued by the Salem witchcraft trials and visits Salem often, I HAD to buy the book because you could tell she was passionate about the subject matter.

    I wasn't disappointed. The book is fantastic.

    I've never heard of Tituba before, but that didn't matter because the story is more about her daughter anyway.

    While Violet's story is fictional, it's absolutely intriguing enough that kids will google Tituba, so it's a nice segue into having a conversation about a true historic event.

    The author does a great job of making all the characters seem real but the magical realism elements (familiars!) add just the right amount of intrigue and mysticism.

    Overall a fast and enjoyable read by an author who obviously knows and loves the subject.

  • Laura

    I managed to grab an arc of this at BookCon this year so this review is based on an early copy and not the finished edition!

    I had never heard of this before getting a copy of it and I actually quite enjoyed it. It is very easy to read and it is quite simple but it is middle grade so I can't quite complain. I thought the story was interesting. I haven't read much about the Salem witch trials and I really want to learn more about them now. Overall, this was a nice story and very easy to get

    I managed to grab an arc of this at BookCon this year so this review is based on an early copy and not the finished edition!

    I had never heard of this before getting a copy of it and I actually quite enjoyed it. It is very easy to read and it is quite simple but it is middle grade so I can't quite complain. I thought the story was interesting. I haven't read much about the Salem witch trials and I really want to learn more about them now. Overall, this was a nice story and very easy to get through so I would recommend it. It comes out July 23 in the US so if you enjoy middle grade books and historical witchy fantasy, you should read it.

  • Aryn

    I was lucky enough to snag one of these beauties at Bookcon 2019 a week ago. Check out that cover, isn’t it gorgeous!?

    As a modern day self identifying witch, the Salem Witch Trials have always been a source of fascination for me. Tituba was the slave woman who was the first to be accused of witchcraft in the trials – she was also the first to confess, which I believe came from a place of misunderstanding the language and fear (but that’s another story). She was accused of bewitching Betty and

    I was lucky enough to snag one of these beauties at Bookcon 2019 a week ago. Check out that cover, isn’t it gorgeous!?

    As a modern day self identifying witch, the Salem Witch Trials have always been a source of fascination for me. Tituba was the slave woman who was the first to be accused of witchcraft in the trials – she was also the first to confess, which I believe came from a place of misunderstanding the language and fear (but that’s another story). She was accused of bewitching Betty and Abigail Parris, two of the girls she cared for in her master’s house. After an unknown buyer “freed” Tituba from the prison after the madness of the Trials, she was never heard from again.

    Something that I did not know prior to this novel is that Tituba had a daughter named Violet. There is very little historical context for Violet, but as a slave this is, horrifyingly, to be expected.

    This novel is the story of what could have happened to Violet. How the rage and fear after consuming her little town of Salem could consume her. How the betrayal of of the girls (Abigail and Betty), who she thought of as sisters would change who she was forever, by forcing her into the magic that her mother may or may not have also had.

    This is the story of one girl’s revenge gone awry and the growth that comes with forgiveness.

  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)

    I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I like this book! It's full of magic and gray-scale morality and the determination of underestimated young girls. While the historical setting often leads to dialogue that doesn't sound natural for girls of this age, I really enjoyed the Salem post-witch trials setting.

    Violet has to balance her own values versus revenge — or rather, as she realizes she actually needs, closure after the horrors of the witch trials forced her to question her own mother's

    I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I like this book! It's full of magic and gray-scale morality and the determination of underestimated young girls. While the historical setting often leads to dialogue that doesn't sound natural for girls of this age, I really enjoyed the Salem post-witch trials setting.

    Violet has to balance her own values versus revenge — or rather, as she realizes she actually needs, closure after the horrors of the witch trials forced her to question her own mother's goodness. I sometimes wanted to reach into the book and yell "No! Get revenge! Revenge!" but, well, that's exactly the conflict at hand in this book. Violet's sensitive nature means that she has to go on this journey of self-discovery to figure out what she really needs in order to heal. And it's a great read.

  • KWinks

    Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this. The storytelling was pretty smooth and I whipped through it in two days. That said, I have mixed feelings about this one. At first I was of the thought that if "real" magic didn't happen when these young women created the coven, I was going to be let down. So much of the novel is historically accurate, so I figured the magic would be missing. Not so.

    But it's a different KIND of magic that the girls pull off. So different from what was described

    Let me start off by saying I really enjoyed this. The storytelling was pretty smooth and I whipped through it in two days. That said, I have mixed feelings about this one. At first I was of the thought that if "real" magic didn't happen when these young women created the coven, I was going to be let down. So much of the novel is historically accurate, so I figured the magic would be missing. Not so.

    But it's a different KIND of magic that the girls pull off. So different from what was described in the Salem witch trials. Then the story gets bogged down in morals, which I get, and there are times when Violet is just repeating her concerns over and over again. Violet is also headstrong and very independent in a time when I don't think that would have been something seen very often. I think the girls would be more fearful of society, higher powers and just general spookiness of the woods.

    It's fiction, I get it. I just tend to hold historical fiction at a higher level.

    Anyhoo, it's good read. I kind of wish it had a Wiccan seal of approval because toes are being dipped in pools concerning the magic, but I hope to be able to recommend this to the right reader.

  • Amanda Williams

    I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book but the resolution was underwhelming...

  • Hannah Greendale

    The root of this book is a good idea - following Tituba’s daughter in the wake of the Salem witch trials - but it’s an idea that has been padded and stuffed and plumped and

    until it’s almost a novel.

  • Alenka

    I was intrigued by the concept of this book but grew increasingly disappointed as I got close to the end. Violet's many worries about her mother's position in the witch trials initially speak to the complexity of the culture in which they occurred. Tituba was manipulated and pushed to the brink, but Violet, only 13 and once friendly with Abigail and Betty, is caught up in the possibility that there were witches, and that there was some truth in what her mother said. When she joins forces with

    I was intrigued by the concept of this book but grew increasingly disappointed as I got close to the end. Violet's many worries about her mother's position in the witch trials initially speak to the complexity of the culture in which they occurred. Tituba was manipulated and pushed to the brink, but Violet, only 13 and once friendly with Abigail and Betty, is caught up in the possibility that there were witches, and that there was some truth in what her mother said. When she joins forces with Elizabeth and Tammy - poor, young girls suffering in the aftermath of the witch trials - she learns quickly that despite their similarities and need for each other, they still hold racist concepts about Violet and her family that they have to unlearn.

    These complex layers drop almost as soon as citizens of Salem begin to drop, and Tammy becomes the clear cut villain. Forgiveness and kindness save the day; Abigail voices her regrets and apologies, and that's enough for Violet to forgive. Thomas Parris is shockingly quick to believe Violet and go along with her plans, and Mistress Parris is suddenly more warm hearted. None of this feels right or earned, and we never learn more about Tammy's trauma, which feels strangely convenient because it lets the reader more easily view her as the book's final evil for Violet to conquer.

    Lots of exciting action in the middle but ultimately disappointing.

  • Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    7/23/19:

    ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh

    No no no no no, this is scary.

    We learned some stuff about the Salem Witch Trials in my Western Civ class

    Tituba was a character from the Trials that always stood out to me. A video in class mentioned that Tituba told stories of witches and stuff so that was why she was suspected.

    I swear I'm not lying, I

    had the idea for a story about Tituba's daughter

    I swear. I was thinking "what if Tituba really was a witch" and thought about specific

    7/23/19:

    ohmygoshohmygoshohmygosh

    No no no no no, this is scary.

    We learned some stuff about the Salem Witch Trials in my Western Civ class

    Tituba was a character from the Trials that always stood out to me. A video in class mentioned that Tituba told stories of witches and stuff so that was why she was suspected.

    I swear I'm not lying, I

    had the idea for a story about Tituba's daughter

    I swear. I was thinking "what if Tituba really was a witch" and thought about specific details from the Trials that I could use in the story.

    And now my idea has been stolen. Try to get an idea of how shocked I was when I saw this under "released today!" in my Barnes and Noble email.

    Maybe she really was a witch.

    Yeah, I'll read this.

    *shivers*

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