Newes from the Dead

By Hooper, Mary

Publishers Summary:
"Intriguing and captivating."—Celia Rees, author of Witch Child WRONGED. HANGED. ALIVE? (AND TRUE!)Anne can't move a muscle, can't open her eyes, can't scream. She lies immobile in the darkness, unsure if she'd dead, terrified she's buried alive, haunted by her final memory—of being hanged. A maidservant falsely accused of infanticide in 1650 England and sent to the scaffold, Anne Green is trapped with her racing thoughts, her burning need to revisit the events—and the man—that led her to the gallows. Meanwhile, a shy 18-year-old medical student attends his first dissection and notices something strange as the doctors prepare their tools . . . Did her eyelids just flutter? Could this corpse be alive? Beautifully written, impossible to put down, and meticulously researched, Newes from the Dead is based on the true story of the real Anne Green, a servant who survived a hanging to awaken on the dissection table. Newes from the Dead concludes with an excerpt from an original 1651 document that recounts this chilling medical phenomenon.

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ISBN
978-1-59643-355-7
Publisher
Roaring Brook


REVIEWS

Library Journal

Reviewed on March 23, 2009

It is 1650, and Anne is a maid servant in the pious household of Sir Thomas Reade. There she falls victim to his ne're-do-well grandson and becomes pregnant. As in Dowd's A Swift Pure Cry, the baby arrives early and stillborn. However, when the body is inevitably discovered, Anne is sentenced to hang for matricide, this being Cromwell's England. Here's the twist: the story unfolds in alternating viewpoints as Anne's body lies immobile on a dissection table. Young Robert Matthews, a medical student, thinks he might have seen her eyes flutter. Why It Is for Us: Childbirth can be a horrifying business, and this story, based on true events, is a chilling look at the plight of the powerless and impoverished in a classed society. Anne is a victim of her employer, of justice, and of the hangman's noose; it is only in death that she finds rescue. The book concludes with a reproduction of a 1651 medical document chronicling Anne's case. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. Copyright 2009 Media Source Inc. ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

School Library Journal

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

Gr 8-Up A grabber of a premise: It's England, 1650, and as the dissection of an ill-fated 22-year-old servant woman newly unstrung from the gallows begins, the participants detect the cadaver's eyes flickering. Hooper alternates perspective from Anne (the not-actually-dead corpse), who flashes back to explain how she ended up there, to that of a young intellectual attendee of the dissection, a sympathetic stutterer named Robert. Anne's story, rife with grue...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2008

A primal human fear is being in a dark, cramped space, unable to move, with no means of escape. This novel, based on a true story, takes readers into just such a nightmare. In 1650 Oxford, England, a young woman named Anne Green, a servant in the household of Sir Thomas Reade, was convicted of murdering her stillborn child and was hanged. She did not die, but gradually regained consciousness in her coffin while men from the medical college prepared for her dissection. Anne's narrative r...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2008

In 1650 England, Anne Green was hanged. She didn't die, but gradually regained consciousness in her coffin. In alternate chapters, ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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