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NEWES FROM THE DEAD
BY MARY HOOPER

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Based upon the true story of Anne Green's miraculous revival in 1650, Newes from the Dead was a suspenseful and well-written historical fiction book. Told from Anne's point of view, we get a view of what her life was leading up to her hanging for infanticide in December of 1650 in Oxford, England.

Anne was led to believe that she would become a great lady and be well respected, if only she would let Master Geoffrey have his way with her. So she did. In doing so, she felt compelled to break away from her friend and beau, John Taylor, Dun Tew's blacksmith. Meanwhile, we switch to three hours after Anne's hanging when she is placed on the dissection table. This part of the story is told from Robert's point of view. Robert is a scholar at New College, Oxford. He is afflicted in that he can't seem to speak properly when in the presence of other people.

Anne reviews her life as she is kept in limbo, between life and death. We learn that she became pregnant with Master Geoffrey's child and when she tells him, he has been engaged to a lady of high standing. This does not bode well for Anne, seeing as Master Geoffrey can't step up to answer for his actions. When Anne gives birth to a premature baby a month after confronting Master Geoffrey, she is accused of infanticide (the murder of an infant) because she maintained that Master Geoffrey was the father of the child. Sir Thomas would not hear of this and didn't want this to ruin the wonderful marriage he had just arranged for his grandson. He decides to bring her to Oxford to have a trial before a judge and jury.

Meanwhile, her eyelid twitches and the dissection that was about to begin now halts as a debate ensues about whether or not it would be ethical to help revive Anne. It's finally decided after much debate that yes, Anne should be helped to revive, that it is God's will that she live as proof of her innocence.

This book was very hard to put down. It was very well-written and a gripping book. You just have to read and find out what happens to Anne! Will she be sane when she is revived? Will she be proclaimed innocent, or will she be dragged out to be rehung as Sir Thomas is so adamant about? You won't be disappointed!

REVIEWED BY KRISTEN LEONG (NOTE: KRISTEN IS ONE OF OUR YOUNG ADULT REVIEWERS).

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