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I Walk in Dread: The Diary of Deliverance Trembley, Witness to the Salem Witch Trials is the thirty-fifth book in the Dear America series. It was written by Lisa Rowe Fraustino, her only entry in the series. The book was first published in October 2004 and reissued in September 2011 with new cover art.


"To my daughter, Daisy Fraustino"

Book description

"Tuesday ye 1st of March, 1692
The four afflicted girls... were brought in to the front of the room, screeching and crying out as they laid their eyes on the prisoner. Their fear flooded the room.... When it was quiet again, Mr. Hawthorne asked them to look upon Sarah Goode, and see if she were the person that hurt them. They all said yes, yes!.... Sarah Goode looked shocked and confused. She denied that she had... even been near the children. At that, Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam twisted and cried out that the witch was pinching and biting them.... It was terrifying to witness, and I felt a hot passion against Sarah Goode. Someone behind me muttered, "The woman should hang for this.

"My name is Deliverance. This is my story....
Deliverance Trembley lives in Salem Village, where she must take care of her sickly sister, Mem, and finish her daily chores to avoid the wrath of her cruel uncle. But after four young girls from the village accuse some of the local women of being witches, the town becomes caught up in a witch hunt. When the villagers realize that Deliverance is a clever girl who possesses the skills to read and write, whispered accusations begin. Suddenly, Deliverance has more to worry about than just her uncle's temper, her ill sister, and the fate of the other women in town. Within the pages of her diary, Deliverance captures the panic, terror, suspicion, and hysteria that swept through Salem Village during one of the most infamous eras in American history.


Deliverance 'Liv' Trembley is living in Salem Village, Massachusetts with her seventeen-year-old sister Remembrance 'Mem' Trembley. Their parents have both passed away, their older brother Benjamin is in the militia in Maine, and their uncle who is their legal guardian has left to get money from fishing whales on the coast. Their uncle has made them promise not to let anyone know they are living alone. This proves to be a hard task with all the gossiping widows around.

One cold winter night a man and his son, Darcy show up at the door of the Trembley sisters and they take them in. Mem develops a crush on the father and even after they continue on their way back home, Mem can't stop thinking about him.

Not long after, four of the local girls become afflicted with what the doctor rules as the 'Evil Hand.' The girls start to blame some of the outcasts of the village for becoming 'spectres' which appear only to them and make them have seizures and fits. Some of the first accused include Sarah Goode, a homeless woman and Tituba, a slave from Barbados. The women are taken in for examinations and are questioned by men who already believe them guilty.

Despite all of this happening, Liv befriends a woman named Martha Corey. Martha has very modernized thoughts for her time, such as believing that local Native Americans are upset at the settlers since they took their land. At first, Liv doubts Martha's reasoning on many topics, including witchcraft, but over time begins to see that many of her thoughts are correct.

Liv begins to see the faults in the afflicted girls. They start to blame those who don't believe in their afflictions such as John Proctor and Sarah Cloyse. They blame these townfolk and get them sent to prison and later on hanged. It's not long before Martha Corey is accused of being a 'spectre' and she has an examination in front of the town. Soon the afflicted start to blame many and everything becomes mass hysteria. People side with the afflicted just so they don't become one of the accused themselves.

Then one day Darcy appears on the girls' doorstep and asks to court Mem. Mem thinks that Darcy is referring to her father and immediately agrees. Then when Liv explains to Mem later that Darcy meant to court him she is very upset. During this time, Benjamin returns to home and gives Darcy permission to court Mem.

Not long after Mem finds Liv's diary which has managed to keep a secret for a long period of time. Mem thinks that Liv is one of the witches and gives Liv only two choices. One is for Mem to take the diary to Reverend Parrish or for Liv to read the diary to Mem. She chooses the latter option and the two sisters bond closer over the diary. Mem learns to love Darcy from seeing him through Liv's perspective and she starts to doubt the afflicted girls too.


Main article: List of I Walk in Dread characters


Main article: Lisa Rowe Fraustino



See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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