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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bewitching Story for Kids of All Ages, 30 Oct 2003
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Mark Baker (Santa Clarita, CA United States) - See all my reviews
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It's April of 1687 when Kit Tyler steps on shore in Connecticut. Having recently lost her grandfather, she's come to the colonies to live with her uncle and aunt. But her new town is completely different from her old life in Barbados. Not only does she have to do the chores she used to have servants do, but her Puritan relatives are much stricter then her previous upbringing has taught her to be.
But her life isn't all bad. There is the interest William, the most eligible bachelor in town, has shown in her. And there's the refuge she's managed to find in Hannah, the town outcast suspected of being a witch. But will she ever truly adjust to her new life?
I found this book in Jr. High, and have read it four or five times since then. I recently reread it again, and was completely drawn into the story. I couldn't put it down, and I already knew how it ended. The characters are sympathetic and interesting, especially Kit. You can help but root for her to find some happiness in her new life. The plot is engrossing, with several sub-plots expertly woven through the book. And the time and place of the setting is brought to life in such an amazing way it feels like you are actually in the town of Wethersfield.
This book is so engrossing that anyone will love it. And the theme about judging others will stick with you long after you've read the last page. I can not recommend this book highly enough. Ms. Speare is an excellent author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A WELL TOLD TALE, 16 Aug 2002
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Gail Cooke (TX, USA) - See all my reviews
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Awarded the Newbery Medal and named an ALA Notable Children's Book, "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" is obviously an award winner. Another sure to be award winner is film and television actress Mary Beth Hurt who presents an exemplary reading of this story of a courageous young girl facing down the prejudices of Puritan New England.
An orphan, Kit Tyler has a sense of foreboding as she views the unforgiving shores of Connecticut Colony where she will make her new home. She does have physical shelter but she is very much alone, yearning for the Caribbean Islands where she once lived.
Kit finds release in the meadows where she befriends and is befriended by an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond.
However, Kit's amity with the woman stirs a cauldron of suspicion and recrimination - Kit is accused of witchcraft.
This is a well told tale that documents a sad portion of our history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down!, 18 May 2003
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i loved this book! this is one of my all-time favorite books. the main character is a girl, Kit, who has to come live with her relatives, and after living a free life in the caribean, finds herself trapped with this new society and strange traditions. She only feels free in the company of an old widow, who is harmless. but others think this woman is a witch, and soon they think Kit is one too! the plot is amazing and grabs your attention. i reccomend it to anyone looking for a good book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars children's classic, 8 July 2013
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This book is superbly written, keeps the interest of the children and teaches them about the settlers of the US and how the communities looked with suspicion upon outsiders. There are several themes carried through the book allowing for lots of discussion and thought about the issues eg. witchcraft, differences, puritan beliefs, group mentality, survival, power over others, independence of thought and what the cost of that might be. Many of these themes can be picked up in other classic books for children such as Carrie's War and Esperanza Rising.

The writing is clear yet intelligent, no dumbing-down to children here, and the depictions of the town and the various locations are realistically written.
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