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July 29, 2006

Kidlit 8: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one of those books that makes me all incoherent with affection when I try to describe how wonderful it is. Briefly, it's the story of a British girl, raised in Barbados by her rich grandfather, who is sent to live with her uncle and his family in Puritan Connecticut after her grandfather's death. She's in for some culture shock, to say the least, and she and her new family have to work hard and learn a lot in order to get along. And then she gets mixed up in a witch hunt...

This book has it all: a historical setting, adventure, internal growth, a strong female lead character, romance... sigh. I think I need to reread it. Again.

Posted by Kat at July 29, 2006 04:30 PM

I remember reading this one when I was in 5th grade or so, and loving it. It was a fascinating look at colonial life, and at the fear of the different that sometimes overtook society.

BTW, great numbers coming up on the donations! WTG!

Posted by: Jen at July 29, 2006 05:02 PM

This book has one of my favorite endings - the naming of the boat. It's just so sweet and touching - I remember holding it as high marker for a romantic gesture as a teen.

Posted by: AmyW at July 29, 2006 05:27 PM

Wow, I haven't read that book in years. I used to love it.

Posted by: Carrie K at July 29, 2006 11:27 PM
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