The Witch of Blackbird Pond,Elizabeth George Speare

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond,Elizabeth George Speare

Kit looked back at the gray figure bent over a kettle, stirring something with a long stick. Her spine prickled. It might be only soap, of course. She’d stirred a kettle herself just yesterday; goodness knows her arms still ached from it. But that lonely figure in the ragged flapping shawl – it was easy enough to imagine any sort of mysterious brew in that pot! She quickened her step to catch up with Judith.

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Only three shabbily-dressed women lingered near her, and because she could not contain her eagerness, Kit smiled and would have spoken, but she was abruptly repulsed by their sharply curious eyes. One hand moved guiltily to her tangled brown curls. She must look a sight! No gloves, no cover for her hair, and her face rough and red from weeks of salt wind. But how ill-mannered of them to stare so!

Kit first arrives in Connecticut



from Ch 8

When Kit first sees Hannah Tupper

acceptance, bigotry, friendship, identity, family, social justice, religion, politics, personal growth


Historical Fiction - This novel is set in the 17th-century Connecticut Colony. History, however, is not merely a backdrop for The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The novel picks up on many of the debates of the day. The political unrest in the colonies is a major theme, as is the religious tension between Puritans and Quakers. You need not have a background in history to enjoy the novel, of course. Elizabeth George Spears does a terrific job of guiding readers through the more unfamiliar material.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Elizabeth George Speare



from Ch 1


A story set in 17th Century Colonial Connecticut, about a young girl (Kit Tyler) who must try to fit in with the Puritian people and their many rules. She makes friends and enemies, opening minds and getting accused of witch craft.