Reader Reviewed How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather

How to Hang a Witch

Written by Adriana Mather

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January 2018 Book of the Month | In a nutshell: bewitching tale of love, suspense and witchery

Adriana Mather’s story of a young girl overcoming a centuries old supernatural feud is a heady combination of intrigue, romance and ghostly goings-on. The central character is descended from Cotton Mather (as is the author), notorious for his part in the Salem Witch Trials, and when she returns to the town, Sam’s presence reawakens an old curse; soon people are dying. New York-raised Sam won’t stand for any kind of bullying – human or paranormal – and is determined to find out exactly what’s going on. In this she’s helped by hunky, if long-dead Elijah. 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

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Phoebe Allan - 'Quite simply one of the best books I have read in a long while! I didn't want to put it down. Mathers quickly draws you into her tale of mystery, spells, magic, dark family secrets, unique relationships and unlikely friendships...A stunning read, with a delightful twist.'
  • Charlotte Cassidy, age 12 - 'A brilliant page-turner. It contains romance, adventure, and even some spooky themes: the recipe for the perfect book! It kept me guessing right until the last page. Absolutely amazing!'
  • Grace Spear, age 15 - 'How to Hang a Witch wrapped me up in a world full of magic and mystery, leaving me clinging to every word.'
  • Emma Baird, age 15 - 'How to Hang a Witch is an enchanting tale of spells and school bells which follows a young girl’s move to Salem, a town stuck in its supernatural past, after her father falls mysteriously ill.'
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 14 - 'How To Hang A Witch was a fantastically gripping and spooky book! I loved it! Everything, from the characters to the plot, was amazingly vivid!'
  • Emily Price, age 15 - 'I could not put this book down- highly recommended!'
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 12 - 'I am in love with this book, when I was reading it my hands refused to put it down. This is packed with romance, courage, mystery, and ghosts. Perfect for young teens.'
  • Aimee Sweet, age 16 - 'This was such an easy yet enjoyable read, where I learnt more about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1600’s than I ever could have done from history textbooks.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'This was so much fun, it had just the right amount of historical details combined with modern day problems making it an all-round great read with interesting characters and a fresh new look at a modern day witch hunt. Go read this!!'

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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 NivenAfter 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?


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

About the Author

Adriana Mather is an author, actress and co-owner of a film production company. Her family roots go back to the first Thanksgiving and the Salem Witch Trials. Adriana lives in Los Angeles. Follow her on Twitter: @AdrianaMather

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384 pages
Interest Age: From 12 years


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Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st January 2018




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