THE WITCH AT BLACKBIRD POND

BOOK BY: ELIZABETH GEORGE SPEARE
BOOK REPORT BY: ADDIE SWARTZENDRUBER

When Kit Tyler's grandfather passes away and her whole world is turned upside down, she travels to America to live with her Aunt and Uncle. Kit is miserable, and the only person she befriends is an old woman named Hannah Tupper, who is accused of witchcraft because of her Quaker beliefs. Kit goes to see Hannah against her Aunt and Uncle's wishes, and begins to bring along the small abused girl named Prudence who wants to learn. Kit and Hannah teach Prudence how to read and write, and finally the damaged young girl comes out of her shell. When Hannah is accused of making sickness fall upon the town, men come to burn her house. Kit gets caught helping Hannah to safety, and has to attend a trial to decide her fate. During Kit's trial, Prudence intterupts and proves that Hannah taught her to read and write, not witchcraft. Kit is proven innocent, and let free.

WHAT DID I ENJOY ABOUT THIS BOOK?

This book was very easy to read, even though it was old. The story was well told and the plot was suspenseful. I liked how it took place in the 1800's, and the part about Hannah and Kit accused of witchcraft was really interesting.

IS THIS BOOK PART OF A SERIES?

This book is not part of a series, however, the author, Elizabeth George Speare,  wrote several other books. Some of the more popular books include "The Sign of the Beaver", "The Bronze Bow", and "Calico Captive".

WAS THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK SATISFACTORY?

The ending of "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" was very satisfactory, because Kit and Hannah were both safe and innocent. Also, Kit learns to be happy with her home and life with her Aunt and Uncle.

WHAT WAS THE TONE OF THIS BOOK?

This book was very suspenseful, and yet serious. Witchcraft was a very serious issue in the 1800's, and many Quakers like Hannah lived in fear because their beliefs and religion were not tolerated among Puritans like Kit's family.

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