Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for... read more
Kit Tyler sails to Wethersfield, Connecticut, from Barbados on a ship called The Dolphin. She comes without her extended family knowing, but they accept her with open arms. Right after she gets off the boat, she already has problems. People are suspicious of her, because back on the boat had... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Kit Tyler sails to Wethersfield, Connecticut, from Barbados on a ship called The Dolphin. She comes without her extended family knowing, but they accept her with open arms. Right after she gets off the boat, she already has problems. People are suspicious of her, because back on the boat had jumped into the water to save a little girl's doll. Women are not taught how to swim, and that makes Kit stand out from the crowd. She stands out clothing-wise as well, with her silk dresses. She tries her hardest to fit in, but everything she tries doesn't turn out the way she has planned. One day she meets a "witch". Her real name is Hannah Tupper, a lonely, widowed Quaker. She lives in a small cabin on Blackbird Pond, and everyone stays away from that area- and from Hannah. Kit and Hannah meet a young girl named Prudence. Prudence has a difficult time learning, and when the town finds out that Kit and Hannah are teaching Prudence how to read, write, and recite the hornbook, everyone thinks that Hannah and Kit bewitched Prudence to learn. Kit, in the meantime goes to prison until her name is cleared.
I think this is a great book to introduce young girls (and boys) to the historical setting of early life in the Colonies. There is just enough romance and mystery that make you want to keep reading, but not at a level to override the books most important messages: don't pre-judge, think for your self and the price of freedom. Great book!
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