Book Review -The Witch of Blackbird Pond


Today I am writing a book review on The Witch of Blackbird Pond By Elizabeth George Speare. I will do my best to keep the review spoiler free, and will attempt to warn you beforehand if I mention a spoiler.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives’ stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit’s friendship with the “witch” is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!

Synopsis from Goodreads .

Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance

Length: My copy is 222 pages long. It is not the longest book, but I think it is a good length.

Age: According to Plugged In the age range is 9-12, but not necessarily content wise.

Religious Content: The characters go to Meeting House (Church), someone prays, a child reads from the Bible, witchcraft is part of the story, one character is a Quaker

Cursing: A character uses a curse word once, God’s name may be used in vain

Other Content: Keep in mind that this book does talk about witchcraft, although there is no actual witchcraft.
People in the story are greatly prejudiced against the Quaker Woman.
The main character is rebellious at times.

My Thoughts:

The Witch of Blackbird Pond caught my attention right away. I found the story very interesting, although there were views in the story that I did not agree with. Overall, I enjoyed reading it. I liked how the story had suspense that kept me reading, and how the author wrote a romance without all the “romantic stuff” (I think you get what I mean). Throughout the story there is a bit of prejudice and some anger that I didn’t like, but those elements were required to make the story. At one point in the story, a character is put into stocks, which is not a pleasure to read, but it is historically accurate.


The Characters:

Most of the characters are well defined and easy to read.

Katherine (Kit) Tyler:
The author really developed Kit (the protagonist) in a human way. Kit is relatable, which makes her a great character.

Hannah Tupper:
Hannah shows kindness to Kit, which makes her a lovable character.

Mercy Wood:
One of Kit’s cousins. She is sweet and kind.

Judith Wood:
The other of Kit’s cousin. She is dramatic, slightly vain, and romantic. At first she is a bit mean to Kit.

Nathaniel Eaton:
A headstrong boy. I found him somewhat confusing to read about. Yet he ends up (CAUTION: contains spoiler. Highlight to read) being Kit’s true love and her eventual husband.

So, those are the main characters (the ones that stuck out to me at least), and I don’t want to spoiler all the characters for you.


More Reviews:

I recommend you read other reviews on this book because I am no expert. disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of the places I have linked.

If you are still unsure about the content in The Witch of Blackbird Pond read this review from Plugged In.

Also read this review from Squeaky Clean Reviews.

Both of the above links are to Christian Resources.

Thank you guys for reading! Have you ever read The Witch of Blackbird Pond? What are your thoughts on this book? Do you like reading book reviews? I would love to hear from you in the comments!


21 thoughts on “Book Review -The Witch of Blackbird Pond

  1. Wonderful review! You should do more of these! 😊 I’ve read The Witch of Blackbird Pond, and I thought it was pretty good. A bit confusing sometimes, but I’ve read it over several times and it got easier to understand. I thought the character development in Kitty was really great, and the end was good!


    Also, I liked how you made sure that everybody knew that spoilers were ahead. That’s helpful! 😉

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    1. Thanks! I am planning on doing more book reviews, I just don’t know when I will have time. I am glad that you have read the book, yes, it can be confusing sometimes, I totally agree! The end was AMAZING!!! I loved how it turned out!

      I made sure to warn of spoilers because I don’t like it when I am reading a review and they give away the whole plot. I think it is very helpful to read reviews if you need to know what type of content is in the book, but if the reviews contain spoilers, then it is no fun. Sometimes I’ll use Plugged In for finding reviews, but they basically give away the whole book. XD

      Thanks so much for commenting!

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      1. Great; I’ll be looking forward to them! Please take your time, though. 🙂
        Yes, I completely agree with you about spoilers!! I really don’t like it whenever I’m reading a review and they don’t warn you about spoilers in it. It basically gives away the whole book for me! 😩
        Of course; have a wonderful day!

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  2. Hey Haley!!! Your posts were not coming in my reader! So i thought id stop by your blog to check…. and i was SHOCKED to see how much of your posts I had missed!! I am really sorry! I hope you didn’t think i was ignoring you! I am so happy to be reading your posts again! I love the way you wrote this review! The way you warn us about any bad things and the way you also add fun! Love, Amy

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    1. It’s okay! I didn’t think you were ignoring me, so no worries! For some reason my posts won’t show up in the reader sometimes, so it is probably best to just go directly to my blog.
      I like to know what I am reading ahead of time, like what the content is. I find it helpful to read some reviews beforehand, cause else I might end up reading a book with secular content. In writing this review, I tried to not spoil anything, yet give a good review of the book so people can know what they are reading.


  3. Hey Haley! This was a great review! I think I remember reading one book by Elizabeth George Speare when I was younger… I can’t remember which… but I don’t think I’ve ever heard of this one.

    Oh my gosh! I just have to say that I love how you put that big spoiler in white text to conceal it from potential readers. That is so clever. haha

    Hmm based on your review and the front cover, I’d recommend the book to an older audience than the publisher’s chosen age range… I’m not sure why authors will choose a heavy topic and write a book for younger kids. I feel like there are different subjects especially in history that should be reserved for older audiences.

    I really enjoy reading book reviews!

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