How to Hang a Witch

By Adriana Mather

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 in this thrilling, creepy and romantic New York Times bestseller.

"I am utterly addicted to Adriana Mather’s electric debut. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, twisting and turning with ghosts, witches, an ancient curse, and – sigh – romance." Jennifer Niven After Sam's father is hospitalised, she has to move from New York to Salem with her stepmother, Vivian. Unfortunately, Sam is related to Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for the Salem Witch Trials, and to say she feels unwelcome in Salem is an understatement... She is particularly unnerved by The Descendants, a mysterious and tight-knit group of girls related to those persecuted in the Trials. At the same time, she must deal with Elijah, the handsome but angry ghost who has appeared in her house, and her new neighbour Jaxon only complicates things further. When a centuries-old curse is rekindled, Sam finds herself at the centre of it. Can she stop history repeating itself?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 12+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406378795
  • Published: 04 Jan 2018
  • Price: £7.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 384

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Customer reviews


'I am utterly addicted to Adriana Mather’s electric debut. It 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, New York Times bestselling author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe

'It’s like Mean Girls meets history class in the best possible way.'

'A captivating and highly recommended read. Teens will not want this tale to end.' School Library Journal

'[A]n entertaining story that draws intriguing parallels between the 17th-century trials and modern-day bullying.' Publishers Weekly

'A story about curses, peer pressure, and legacies.' B&N Teen Blog

'Mather delivers a timely condemnation of bullying and the politics of mass hysteria, while still completely charming her readers with large doses of suspense and steamy attraction.' Shelf Awareness

'[T]his novel is successful because it serves not only to entertain, but also to teach.' The Blackbird Review

'Mystery, twisting intrigue, atmosphere?this book has it all in such perfect balance, you almost wonder if it’s the product of some spell itself.”' Jeff Zenter, author of The Serpent King

'[...] debut author Mather adds depth thanks to intriguing personal experience: she is an actual descendant of Cotton Mather and witnessed Salem’s prejudices toward the name firsthand. Witches, and the witch trials in particular, are a perennially high-interest topic, and this interpretation should snare an audience. ' Booklist

'The author parallels the historical Salem Witch Trials with current day bullying very effectively. The human/human/ghost love triangle between Samantha, Jaxon, and Elijah is very engaging. The author mixes historical and modern-day elements seamlessly while creating a fast-moving plot that draws in the reader. Readers will find touches of historical, realistic, and supernatural fiction melded into an eerie cauldron of a story that will have them raptly keeping up with its twists and turns as it roars along.' VOYA

'“Bold, resolute and with the sarky outlook and deadpan delivery of a latter-day Buffy, Sam is a great character, and this hugely entertaining while Mather also cleverly parallels the 17th century witch trials with the kind of bullying young people face today, making this rewarding reading in lots of different ways.”' Andrea Reece, LoveReading 4 Kids – January Book of the Month

'“Witches, villains, family drama, a bit of crime and a love story (or two)...what's not to love?”' Fallen Star Stories

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