The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959 Newbery Medal Winner)

Don’t judge a book by its cover! There are no real witches here; only imaginary ones stirred up by wagging tongues, suspicions and ignorance. This historical fiction novel is set in Late 17th century Colonial England, gives a stirring and compelling look into the good and the bad customs and lifestyles of the Puritans.

After her grandfather dies, Kit Tyler, a feisty, impetuous, and unconventional 16-year old, sails from Barbados to Connecticut to live with her Aunt. Different in her thinking and behavior, the Puritans are never accepting of her, and eventually accuse her of witchery. Through strong characters, fantastic storytelling and suspense, Speare has crafted an outstanding, novel that will keep your kids engaged till the very end. A well deserved winner.

Speare is the author of other acclaimed historical fiction titles including The Bronze Bow and The Sign of the Beaver.

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