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review The Witch of Blackbird Pond Ó eBook or Kindle ePUB ´ 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 thaAker 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 witchcraf. FULL REVIEW HEREShe ​snatched at the dream that had comforted her for so long It was faded and thin like a letter too often readA search of identity belonging friendship and breaking social class boundaries this book is uncharacteristically deep for young adult novels Not only is the time period historically accurate but Elizabeth George Spear incorporates easy to read yet distinct and complex accents From the uaker 'witch' to the Barbados Kit Tyler to the Connecticut colony residents each of the many characters has a personality that can't be mistaken Don't be put off by the title There is absolutely no witchcraft involved in the book It's basically a Salem Witch Trial book that takes place in another New England coastal town WethersfieldA few major themes in The Witch of Blackbird Pond include the political issues of the 17th century religious differences from protestants and uakers how education differs from country to country What a pity every child couldn't learn to read under a willow tree Kit who learned in Barbados judgement and how it affects culture these are just a few of many elements See Didn't I say it was deep for a YA novel ;If you're into history you'll love the richly detailed depiction of day to day life in 17th century America Even if you're not like me you will still definitely enjoy this Newberry Medal winning classicWe'd love to hear your thoughts Please feel free to comment on the blog

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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 comm. A good witch is hard to findI should know; I've been searching for one my entire lifeSo I went into this read thinking maybe this is her the witch of blackbird pond Maybe she will finally be the “tatter haired witch” that Karla Kuskin decribes or the “magical prognosticator chanting canting calculator” that Felice Holman makes me want to meetI wasn't looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange I just wanted the witch I've been waiting for And I didn't find her hereNope No real witches here Just a bunch of those Arthur Miller type “witches” from The Crucible Meaning no delightful cleavage or cackle no orgies by the river no incantation no levitation no black tresses or long black gownsJust a sad partially demented uaker woman who has been ostracized from the town for her religious beliefsOh and a town with “a pillory a whipping post and stocks” All of the proper accoutrements for provoking public humiliation in the village suare in Connecticut in the 17th centuryGod I hate PuritansI hate 'em and so does Kit our protagonist who is forced to leave wealth and the paradise that is Barbados for the bleak never ending Puritans and snowI think this is known as “hell” or purgatory at the very leastPoor KitAnd poor me But once I let go of my attachment to the perfect witch I allowed this Newberry winner from 1958 and Kit Tyler to capture my attention and I found an “old school” appealing story and a winning protagonistThis is good clean story telling and it's a surprisingly romantic coming of age story as well And God as my witness as I finished up the story today my 9 year old daughter arrived home carrying a giant black cauldron from a thrift store I retreat to my lair with magical thoughts

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The Witch of Blackbird PondUnity 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 u. My autumn witch a thon continues with The Witch of Blackbird Pond the Newberry Medal winning novel by Elizabeth George Speare Published in 1958 I gather this is reuired reading in some public schools; The Bookman in Orange carries new copies while a buddy of mine named Steve Green at McClain's Coffeehouse in Fullerton caught me reading this and experienced a bad flashback to his junior high days I was enad by the finesse with which Speare propels her narrative and the historical detail she wields but the story didn't deliver on my wicked witch a thon expectations and suffers from issues common to the Young Adult genreThe drama centers on Katherine Kit Tyler a sixteen year old who arrives in the Connecticut Colony in April 1687 Born and raised on a plantation in Barbados with her grandfather Kit departs for the Colonies after his passing to live with her Aunt Rachel Aboard the Dolphin as it docks in the village of Saybrook Kit meets two young men Nathaniel Nat Eaton son of the vessel's captain and John Holbrook a clergyman headed to the town of Wethersby upriver to study with a reverend doctor When a wooden doll belonging to a put upon child named Prudence goes overboard Kit boldly dives in to the bay to retrieve it alarming those who have never known a woman to swimKit continues to make waves by revealing to Holbrook that she can read Upon finally reaching Wethersby when the winds permit Kit reveals to the captain that she has not sent word to her aunt of her arrival and her seven trunks must be transported to town which Kit is shocked to learn is little than a church a suare and the scattered homes or fields of the Puritan villagers Aunt Rachel initially mistakes Kit for her dead sister but is welcomed even when Kit notifies her aunt that she has come to live with them Her uncle Matthew is a taciturn farmer whose word is law and does not truck to his daughters Judith and Mercy idling the day away trying on the dresses Kit offer as presents Her uncle regarded her with scorn No one in my family has any use for such frippery he said coldly Nor are we beholden on anyone's charity for our clothingBut they are gifts cried Kit tears of hurt and anger springing to her eyes Everyone brings Be uiet girl It is time you understood one thing at the start This will be your home since you have no other but you will fit yourself to our ways and do no to interrupt the work of the household or to turn the heads of my daughters with your vanity Now you will close your trunks and allow them to get about the work they have neglected Rachel take off that ridiculous thingEven the gloves Father Judith was still rebellious Everyone wears gloves to MeetingEverything No member of my household will appear in public in such unseemly apparelMercy had said no word but now as she folded the blue shawl and laid it uietly on top of the trunk Rachel found courage for her only protest Will you allow Mercy to keep the shawl she pleaded 'Tis not gaudy and 'twill keep off the draft there by the chimneyMatthew's glance moved from the shawl to his daughter's uiet eyes and barely perceptibly the grim line of his jaw relaxed So there was one weakness in this hard manKit tries her best to fit in to the Puritan village Upon learning that her people have no servants she tries to earn her keep carding wool preparing meals or making soap Bossy Judith settles on assigning her cousin corn pudding To the sympathetic Mercy Kit reveals the reason she did not give her aunt prior notice is that her late grandfather's debts made her vulnerable to marriage to one of his creditors The runaway bride turns heads by attending Sabbath Meeting in silk the only outfit she has Kit despairs that the boring service lasts practically all day but garners the attention of William Ashby a wealthy young suitor who has never seen anything like herThe stranger in a strange land begins to find her stride when she assists Mercy in teaching the dame school for young children Helping Judith weed the onion field out by Blackbird Pond Kit inuires about a shack out there in the tranuil meadow and is told a witch lives there a uaker named Hannah Tupper When Kit improvises a lesson by involving her students in playacting a Bible scene chaos erupts and her Puritan observers fire Kit She flees to the meadow for solace where she is comforted by Hannah and learns that the woman is no witch just a misunderstood widow who's persecuted in Massachusetts for her religious beliefs Kit befriends the old womanKit summons the courage to ask for her job back William has come courting Kit with John Holbrook putting in similar family time with Mercy but Kit finds her thoughts turning back to Nat who she encounters at Hannah's home delivering her goods and helping with repairs to her roof Uncle Matthew forbids Kit from visiting the uaker which Kit ignores with support from her aunt She even starts to teach her young fan Prudence how to read in secret introducing her to Hannah and turning over lessons to the old woman But when a fever afflicts the youth of the village Hannah is singled out as the cause and the rebellious Kit's relationship with the woman pulls her into the witch hunt Do you deny that on a certain day in August last on passing the pasture of Goodman Whittlesley you cast a spell upon his cattle so that they were rooted to the ground where they stood and refused to answer his call or to give any milk on that eveningGoodman Whittlesley will you repeat your complaint for this assemblyHer head reeling Kit stood helpless as one after the other they rose and made their complaints these men and women whom she scarcely recognized The evidence rolled against her like a dark waveOne man's child had cried aloud all night that someone was sticking pins into him Another child had seen a dark creature with horns at the foot of her bed A woman who lived along South Road testified that one morning Kit had stopped and spoken to her child and that within ten minutes the child had fallen into a fit and lain ill for five days Another woman testified that one afternoon last September she had been sitting in the window sewing a jacket for her husband when she had looked up and seen Kit walking past her house staring up at the window in a strange manner Whereupon try as she would the sleeve would never set right in the jacket A man swore he had seen Kit and Goody Tupper dance round a fire in the meadow one moonlit night and that a great black man taller tan an Indian had suddenly appeared from nowhere and joined in the danceElizabeth George Speare does a wonderful job of not only placing the reader in a working Puritan village in the 17th century but populating her story with compelling characters and leaving the readers with a good message If it adhered a bit closer to history it's a story that had the potential for great violence and tragedy but perhaps due to its young audience everything turns out happy in the end I liked how Speare introduces close to a dozen characters assigning them roles in the village and personalities that distinguish them from one another Most of the characters remain static while Uncle Matthew and Nat evolve the they come to understand and appreciate Kit The prose is poised and illustrates its setting uite effectively What a pity every child couldn't learn to read under a willow tree Kit thought a week later She and Prudence sat on a cool grassy carpet A pale green curtain of branches just brushed the grasses and threw a filigree of shadows as delicate as the wrought silver on the child's face This was the third lesson At first Prudence had been speechless In all her short life the child had seldom seen and certainly never held in her hands anything so lovely as the exuisite little silver hornbook For long moments she had been too dazed that the tiny alphabet fastened to it were made up of the same a's and b's that she had overheard through the school doorway But now by this third meeting she was drinking in the precious letters so speedily that Kit knew she must soon find a primer as wellThere's a lot of Drama in The Witch of Blackbird Pond with the sister who loves the boy who loves the other sister and parents who just don't understand I was amused by the suggestion that teenagers were apparently running wild in the streets as far back as the first Thanksgiving Speare handles her story with class with language that is poised and vivid and takes her historical subject matter seriously That was my problem with the novel nothing eerie or frightening occurs Hannah Tupper is easily the most static and forgettable character in the book despite being the title character Cover art over the years hints at different types of books My favorite is Cover #4 from the first Dell printing in 1971 This promises a far out chiller and a thriller featuring a spooky witch haunting the countryside I love the proportionality of its elements and the beguiling mood it conjures Cover #1 accurately reflects the YA novel the author wrote which despite the colonial setting and high level of writing is in many ways a generic teen book The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a good book but not one I'd recommend to get the pulse racing on Halloween