The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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Stars: ****

This book was read for the Book Awards, Newbery and Back to History challenges.

I thought this book was quite good. It’s the story of Kit Tyler, a teenage girl who leaves her home in Barbados to come live with her Puritan relatives in the Connecticut Colony. You can imagine the culture shock and she feels alone until she meets a mysterious woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond and when their friendship is discovered, Kit is accused of witchcraft herself.

I didn’t pay attention in History class much so I both learned about life in the 1680’s and at the same time, became confused about things because I didn’t know much. I wish the book had explained certain terms just in case readers don’t know what they mean. E.g. Puritans, Royalists etc…

The book shows how non-conformists were thought of as witches in those days and that those they accused of witchcraft, weren’t necessarily practicing any magical art. I enjoyed the book and can see why it received the Newbery.

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