Caroline Davis

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

In Books on March 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Summary: Kit Tyler knew that her life would change when she left the sunny island of Barbados to live with her aunt and uncle in chilly Connecticut, but she had no idea how different it would be! No matter how hard she tries to fit in, she always ends up doing the wrong thing and getting in trouble. When she befriends Hannah Tupper who lives down by Blackbird Pond, she realizes that the sweet and harmless old woman could definitely not be a witch, as some of the locals believe. But when a fever strikes most of the children in town, Hannah gets blamed for the outbreak, and Kit is also accused of being a witch!

Highlights: Life in a Puritan village in the 1680s comes to life in Speare’s novel, as outsider Kit Tyler tries to understand and follow the local customs. In addition to the lengthy church services that she attends with her family, and the superstitious accusations of witchcraft, Kit is also a witness to the political turmoil of the time, as colonial Americans begin to feel unsatisfied with their British sovereign. Kit was raised as a Royalist, loyal to the King, but her Uncle Matthew believes that they have worked hard for their rights and is outraged when they are threatened. Historically accurate details – such as children learning to read using hornbooks – add depth and atmosphere to the story, which is why it has remained a popular title for the last 50 years!  Winner of the Newbery Medal.

Extras:

Elizabeth George Speare (Wikipedia)

Elizabeth George Speare (Random House)

Other Reviews:

@ Progressive Pioneer

@ Musings of a Bibliophile

@ Maw Books Blog

@ The Lit Connection

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