Parents' Guide to

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

By Jennifer Docherty, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

1600s America springs to life for today's kids.

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age 10+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 11+

I hated it

I remember having to read this in middle school. I hated it. Terribly written characters, no pictures (which highly disappointed 11 year old me) and the main character is extremely unlikable. You also don't meet the actual witch until chapter 9. I really don't like this book
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age 11+

I Loved It!!

This book is definitely amongst my favorite books! The storyline was very interesting, and I couldn’t put it down! The author really has an ability to captivate the reader. I also like how you can learn a little more about a time period in a fun way.

This title has:

Educational value
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10):
Kids say (25):

Well-developed characters and detailed descriptions of life within the town capture and sustain the reader's interest throughout the novel. Coming from a more permissive modern society, many readers will empathize with Kit's unsuccessful attempts to suppress her independent nature, and will find her failure to conform to such a restrictive society endearing. Speare addresses Kit's inner thoughts and emotions frequently throughout the novel, making her a believable and sympathetic character. Though some of the minor characters are stereotypical Puritans, the complex nature of many of the more prominent Puritan characters, particularly those within Kit's family, is gradually revealed.

Passages describing the daily life in a 17th century Puritan colony are particularly interesting. From required behavior in church and the punishments meted out to disobedient children, to the daily chores of the women of Kit's household, readers are given a glimpse of what life was like over 300 years ago. But as charges of witchcraft mount, the novel becomes a real page-turner, and many will find it hard to put down.

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