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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  118,838 Ratings  ·  5,180 Reviews
Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1867. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hosti ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 15th 1972 by Yearling (first published 1958)
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Feb 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book, and have therefore come to the conclusion that books written for children can be higher quality writing than books written for adults because there isn't this pressure to impress with heavy metaphor and poignant statements about life. When adults write for adults there is too much pressure, adults writing for children understand that it is the story and the characters that matter most, and if those two are well written then I think you have a deep, satisfying book.
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Barnes& says 9-12; I'll go ahead and add girl to that.
"Buy the truth, and do not sell it,
also wisdom and instruction and understanding"
-> Psalm 23:23

A wholly satisfying read (and respectable look at Puritan life)!

(I'm a 23 yr old [in college] guy, and->) Who knew I'd get so emotionally invested??

I certainly didn't.

There were several parts when I was legitimately frustrated, angry, and a little teary-eyed (to level with you...).

My favorite scenes were quite easily John's return home (the teary-eyes; c'mon-> I'm just trying to give you
Joe Valdez
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 required 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 enamored by the finesse with which Speare propels her narrative and the historical detail ...more
Anne Osterlund
Apr 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kit, Katherine Tyler, is a free spirit. When her grandfather dies, she sells off his giant home in Barbados and sets sail to find her only remaining family in Connecticut colony. She weathers a storm, avoids seasickness, and even manages to wrangle two entire conversations out of the blue-eyed son of the ship’s captain.

However, the Connecticut mainland has a sharper edge than any of the challenges on board ship. How can Kit bear the insidious patience required to drop cornmeal in a bowl one pinc
A good witch is hard to find.

I should know; I've been searching for one my entire life.

So, 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 meet.

I wasn't looking for a Bellatrix LeStrange, I just wanted the witch I've been waiting for. . .

And I didn't find her here.

Nope. No real w
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, history

"She snatched at the dream that had comforted her for so long. It was faded and thin, like a letter too often read."

A 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 Quaker 'witch', to the Barbados
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sarah Mac
So. I read this for the first time since 5th grade.

As a kid, the romance between Kit & Nat gave me great anxiety. I really wanted them to end up together. The idea that they might not was excruciating because it was SO OBVIOUS!!! that they were the OTP of this when I picked it up again after so many years, I remembered little else about the story.

But as an adult, two things stand out: the relationship between Kit & her uncle Matthew, & the complete lack of sexual menace in
Corinne Edwards
This is a breathtaking book. It takes us to Puritan New England, in the colony of Connecticut. Sixteen year old Katherine (Kit) arrives in America after having been brought up by her grandfather in Barbados. Her liberal Shakespeare-reading, ocean-swimming, silk-dress wearing upbringing did nothing to prepare her for the inflexibility and piousness of her aunt’s family that takes her in. In fact, Kit’s free thinking and outspoken ways create suspicion and irrational fear.

Speare’s characters are f
Katherine Arden
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book got me into historical fiction which is the genre perhaps closest to my heart. The conflict between freedom and responsibility, between individual and family and community ring as clear today as they did when I first read this book as a kid
Andrei Bădică
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unul dintre cele mai frumoase romane pe care le-am citit vreodată!
This is my 9th Newbery Medal book and maybe the best so far. Well written with good characters, especially Kit Tyler, the young lady who is the heroine of the novel. There is a bit of a history lesson here also since the setting is 1687 in Wethersfield of the Connecticut Colony where the heavy handed Puritan's are dispensing their brand of religion and law. You can get an idea of the plot from the book description, but it plays out on the pages so well with such a strong, young female character ...more
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3.5 Stars

The problem with re-reading childhood favorites, is they very rarely live up to my memories. RTC
The Captain
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Ahoy there mateys! This being Banned Books Week and having just finished a historical fiction about witchcraft in England, I thought it be high time to read the beloved favorite. I reread this in one delightful sitting.

This book is a young adult historical fiction about a girl named Katherine, i.e. Kit, who is forced to leave her home in Barbados and move to Connecticut to live with her Aunt and Uncle. She goes from a care-free rich island lifestyle to a hard-working Puritan one in America. It i
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know this is a classic. A Newberry award winner for juvenile fiction, I can hardly criticize such a loved book. Sadly, I did not read this when it was meant to be read, as a youth struggling to know it's more important to do the right thing than to fit in with what everybody else is doing.

Important, worthy lesson, but after reading two young adult novels this week with very similar themes (does this happen to anyone else? I always seem to inadvertently read books in "themes"), I feel there is
Now I recall why I wasn't a huge fan of his book while I was a kid. Between the main character lamenting every single moment that she's being worked like a slave and the Puritans sounding scarily familiar about people being evil if they don't worship as they do, I was over this book almost as soon as I started it.

Taking place in 1687, we get a sneak peek at the colonies prior to the American revolution. The main character Kit who has lived in Barbados her whole life with her grandfather as her o
Jan Rice
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jan by: Richard
Shelves: audio, fiction, history

Sticks and stones will break my bones,
but words will never hurt me....

Well, unless you happen to be in court being tried for witchcraft:

"You will listen to the charges against you."
A clerk read from a parchment, giving full weight and due to every awful word.
"________ _____, thou art here accused that not having the fear of God before thine eyes thou hast had familiarity with Satan the grand enemy of God and man, and that by his instigation and help thou hast in a preternatural way afflicted
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh, my heart. I have a new favorite. <3 <3 <3 (Thanks to Olivia for mentioning it in a recent blog post, for that is what inspired me to pick it up at the library. :))

(I want to do a real review at some point but no promises because I'm bad at keeping them when it comes to blogging and such. :P)
Amy Greenfield
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved-books
A fish-out-of-water story that brought the seventeenth century alive for me.

What did I love about it when I was a teen? Its restless, stubborn, impulsive heroine, Kit. Its confident, outspoken, sea-faring hero, Nat. Steadfast Mercy and shy John — whose story still makes my heart beat a little faster. A historical setting so vivid that my real life paled beside it. And - sigh - one of the most romantic last scenes ever.

Re-reading it now, I can see that it was shaped by the time it was written i
Nov 30, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible book IMHO
Primul lucru care m-a atras la această carte a fost coperta, desigur. Nu-i așa că este superbă? Să fiu sinceră nu mă așteptam ca povestea să îmi placă atât de mult, deși Simona îmi spusese că este faină. Ce să zic, am început anul excelent, cu cărți foarte bune. :D

Kit, protagonista noastră, este forțată să părăsească insula Barbados după moartea bunicului său și pornește într-o călătorie lungă pe corabia Delfinul pentru a ajunge la mătușa sa în colonia Connecticut, singura ei rudă rămasă în via
Jun 06, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been muddling through a few “serious” books for the last several days, so I finally picked up an old friend instead: Elizabeth George Speare’s The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

The book’s protagonist, sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler, leaves 17th-century Barbados to live with her aunt in Puritan New England. Not too surprisingly, Kit does not fit well in her new environment. She has been pampered and spoiled. She is a Royalist and an Anglican. She can swim.

Kit is not the ideal heroine for a 21st-centur
Re-read 3.22.17
I've read this book easily over 20, maybe 30, times yet it still remains one of my all-time favorites.

Re-read 2013

I was around 11 years old the first time Mom read The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare out loud to us. That was a good year for read-out-louds. We were studying American history, and that meant Johnny Tremain, Carry On Mr Bowditch, Sign of the Beaver, and Calico Bush. My favorite, though, the book I picked up and read and re-rea
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Masterful. Unhurried and understated. Simple, yet deep enough for a young child to appreciate the first layer, while sensing something more... Beautifully done. Highly recommended to anyone looking for a good children's book.

I haven't read a children's book this deep in a long time. Every character had inner conflict and multiple layers... enough to keep the interaction new and spontaneous, their character traits growing, the plot diverse and unpredictable.

It was a breath of fresh air not to be
Sep 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12 And Up
Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is n ...more
Gray Cox
I loved this book when I was twelve, and re-reading it made me notice all of the amazing themes and morals in it now!
Rating: 5+5

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Nu știu cum se face dar în ultima perioadă am reușit să citesc multe cărți care mi-au plăcut. De această dată vă voi vorbi despre Vrăjitoarea de la Iazul Mierlei de Elizabeth George Speare, o carte care a apărut la YoungArt luna trecută. Încă de la primele pagini ale acestei cărți am simțit că voi i
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Recommended for: Ages 8 to Adult (or slightly younger as a read-aloud)

Rating: PG

This is another one of those books that my mom read to my sisters and me over lunch when we were young. It also became a family read-aloud several years later. The only other book I can think of that did this is Anne of Green Gables. I loved The Witch of Blackbird Pond dearly even as a young child. I can remember stamping my foot and loudly declaring, "She's not a witch." It, with the same author's The Bronze Bow and
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reread September: Four stars.
I am so sad this was not as good as I remembered.
Like it was still pretty good. But not as much as I thought.
The characters were not as well-rounded as I remembered. And I found myself not as much rooting for the romance. I was more like "get to know more about each other!".
But, besides that I didn't remember about curse word that {was} used, by our main guy, who was for me, or used to be, at least a fictional crush. But now I am like dude your motto should be tri
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, rereads
I first read this book in 6th grade. Since then, I've reread it so many times that it's falling apart. I don't know why I love this book so much, but I do. I love Kit, Nat, Hannah, and all of the other characters.
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“What a pity every child couldn't learn to read under a willow tree...” 1297 likes
“All the way up the river she's been holding back somehow, waiting. Now you'll both have to wait. I'm not going to disappoint her, Kit. When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps.” 78 likes
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