When I was an awkward 5th grader, our teacher handed us a book to read. Almost 20 years later I still remember my feelings towards the book, for the characters, for the situations they found themselves in. This book was The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
When Kit’s grandfather dies, she is sent from her Caribbean home of Barbados and travels to Connecticut to live with her Puritan relatives. She’s immediately an outcast, her free Caribbean upbringing clashing with the simple, strict lives of the town. She befriends a young girl named Prudence, who is the daughter of one of the bitchiest women in town and eventually accuses Kit of being a witch.
One of the things I remember feeling excited over the most about this book was the burgeoning relationship between Kit and Nat, a sailor Kit befriends. I remember there was this sweet love that you just KNEW was gonna be great later on. Like they were going to, teehee, KISS! (look, I was in 5th grade… I didn’t know about these things)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond was a book I remember absolutely loving as a kid and young adult. As I got older and read it, I started noticing more things and learning more about the time period in which its set. This is a great view of how life was for the Puritans and the craziness that was the witch trials.
I haven’t reread this as an adult, but I’m anxious to see if I love it just as much or if I see some other themes in it that I may have missed when I was younger. Although it’s an older book (written in the 50s!) I think it’s one of those great books that has stood the test of time and is perfect for a school setting, book report, or even just to learn more about this time period.
P.S. The cover above is the cover of the book I had when I was a girl! Love finding images of the EXACT book I had!