Parents' Guide to

The Crucible

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Powerful play about Salem witch trials a riveting read.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 12+

The True Hero Reverend Hale

The truth that Reverend Hale claimed out loud in the court shown his courage and character of against injustice.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 15+

Really Good!

We are learning about it in English and its brilliant. It starts great discussions in class and is great topic for our exam. I would recommend it to anyone who is mature and enjoys a good book! (UK GCSE English student)

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (8 ):

Arthur Miller's Tony Award-winning play is profoundly powerful in its message, as a stage play, and as a piece of literature. Though THE CRUCIBLE was meant to be staged, reading the work offers Miller's lengthy, analytical stage directions and explanations of the time period, characters, and context of the events. Reading The Crucible is a thought-provoking and affecting experience, and the story itself is riveting.

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