The 100 Most Popular Young Adult Authors: Biographical Sketches and Bibliographies

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Ann Rinaldi

Historical drama

New York City
August 27, 1934

A Break with Charity: A Story
About the Salem Witch Trials

Ann Rinaldi writes young adult novels with historical settings, including three that take place during the American Revolution.

A Break with Charity depicts the hysteria of the infamous witch trials in colonial Massachusetts. When her parents are imprisoned, accused of being witches, Susanna English struggles with guilt. She knows the real reason that several girls have made accusations about her folks.

“The story is threaded around Susanna's personal struggle with guilt as she discovers the deadly intent of the accusing girls and is made fearful when she attempts to reason with them,” Margaret A. Bush said. “The author's skillful manipulation of conventions of the young-adult novel—particularly the rich exploration of being an outsider and going against the mainstream—makes this book a superb vehicle for examining the social dynamics of this legendary event.”

Ann Feis, whose father was a newspaper manager, attended high school in New Brunswick, New Jersey. In 1960, she married Ronald P. Rinaldi, a chief lineman for Public Service Gas & Electric. They have two children.

Rinaldi worked for twenty-one years as a columnist, feature writer, and editorial writer for the Trenton, New Jersey, Trentonian. She has won numerous awards for her columns and her historical novels: the American Library Association Best Books for Young

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