Anne Green is dead. All of Oxford was there to see her hanged for the crime of infanticide. Even Anne Green knows that she's dead.
Told in alternating perspectives – that of Anne Green as well as that of the doctors examining her body following her public hanging – this is the story of the events leading to Anne’s eventual conviction. However, in an unbelievable turn of events, a roomful of witnesses notice a twitch in Anne Green’s body, and none are able to deny when she takes a breath of air. A mixture of history, science, and mystery, this story captures the attention of even the most skeptical of readers. Recommended especially to early high school readers looking for something different – maybe for an unexpectedly pleasant read to satisfy a historical fiction reading requirement?
Reviewed by kate the librarian.