Summer Reads: THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, by Elizabeth George Speare

24 Jun

It’s amazing to me how something first published in 1958 could still ring so true at its core today.


The Witch of Blackbird Pond is about a girl ripped from her own life and thrown into a world far harsher and more alien than she could have imagined. Almost immediately, by doing something she would consider normal at home, she’s branded a witch by one of the new world’s leading citizens.


Everyone who has felt ostracized for being herself knows how Kit feels.


In the meantime, she builds a confusing relationship with fellow outcasts, an uncomfortable child named Prudence, the sailor Nat and a Quaker Hannah. The group meets frequently in happy secrecy until Kit is truly accused of witchcraft.


Persecution, forgiveness, hostility, separateness and love war for the forefront and while prejudice can never completely be overcome, hope triumphs.


As a young adult, I loved this book. It touched the heart of so many struggles young people have finding their way in a foreign world – an adult world. And, reading it again, I felt the same magic pull.


I think it’s time to go to the library and get out more of Mrs. Speare’s classics!

2 Responses to “Summer Reads: THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, by Elizabeth George Speare”

  1. Kaige June 25, 2008 at 12:33 am #

    DD thinks they started reading this one in school. She couldn’t remember enough details compared to your description. The one she remembers is set in Colonial times in Barbados.

    It looks interesting and I don’t recall this one. Of course, she also introduced me to the True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle this year. That was a fun read.

  2. briaq June 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm #

    I”ve never read True Confessions — I’ll have to pick that up — thanks for the suggestion 🙂

    This is one of the two younger aged books I know are on my Summer Reads list that I read over and over again when I was young — I really hope someone picks it up because of this and falls in love with Kit as much as I did!

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