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Book Review of The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler leaves her home in Barbados and takes a ship to the Colony of Connecticut to live with her aunt and uncle. When Kit arrives, she is surprised to find the family living in a small house, scraping by to make ends meet. Her puritan relatives take her in, but expect her to adhere to their way of life...including working day and night to keep a roof over their heads. Kit has a hard time fitting in and making friends. One friend she does make is Hannah Tupper, and old Quaker woman who lives alone and is thought by the colonists to be a witch.

I read this book in grade school and remember liking it. When I stumbled across it in a bookstore, I thought I'd revisit it. Kit starts out as impulsive young woman who has a hard time fitting into the regimental puritan lifestyle. As she gets to know her cousins and sees the things they go through, she starts to understand their way of life. But she doesn't understand their prejudice against Hannah. Befriending Hannah leads Kit into danger when the townspeople start looking at her with suspicion. My rating: 4.5 Stars.