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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Throwback Thursday: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature co-hosted by Never Too Fond of Books and The Housework Can Wait. This is a fun way to write about and review beloved books we haven't read in a while.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!
This week, my throwback is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

Genre: Children's/Young Adult Fiction/Historical Fiction

Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!
My Review: 

I never read The Witch of Blackbird Pond while I was still in school like most people have, but a friend I worked with talked me into reading it a couple years ago. Since I considered this book a "homework" type book, I pre-judged it as boring before I ever opened the cover. I was in for a surprise. The writing of Elizabeth George Speare quickly brought me back in time. The story gave you a look at Puritan life, including its prejudices and false accusations. The main character, Kit, is a spunky, free spirit who already sticks out in her new town. Then she befriends the town's outcast, thought to be a witch, despite any negative repercussions it could cause for herself from society. The book is very well written and teaches some valuable lessons all while keeping you entertained. This is technically a children's book, but I think both young adults and adults would enjoy it just as much if not more.

To learn more about Elizabeth George Speare and her books, visit her page on Goodreads.


  1. Oh! I'm glad you reminded me that this book exists, because I also have heard of it for years, but never read it. It's funny how we think books that are read in school are going to be dull and boring. There's a reason they're assigned reading, right? Certainly, some are dull and boring, but so many of them are great. I'm going to need to finally read this one!

    My Throwback

  2. I read this a really, Really, REALLY long time ago (15 years, omg), but I remember loving it! What a great pick!

    My Throwback

  3. I love it! Yes, I think so many books are not given proper respect because people HAD to read them in school. As an English teacher myself, I can understand, but most English teachers teach those books because WE LOVE THEM. I'm actually gearing up to do a series on books I loved to teach and why you should revisit them. Great throwback!

  4. I honestly can't remember if I read this in high school or not. I know a lot of people did, and it sounds vaguely familiar...

    I suppose that means I should just read it now, right? :)

  5. You've been featured! :)


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