The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird PondThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is different from what I remember when I read it back in the 6th grade. I guess over time the story-line got muddled. With that said, this book was better than what I remembered. I like how the story unfolded over time and it was a slow read. It allowed me to really think about the characters and how they fit into that time and place. I felt for Kit as she discovered her new home and how opposite it was from where she came from. How even her family where afraid to go against the church and their beliefs. Yet Kit remained herself and even befriended a “witch”. I could go on and on but I won’t. I’m glad I reread this book.

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Book Summary:
Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives’ stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit’s friendship with the “witch” is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!


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