December 1, 1958
December 1, 1958
In 1687 a young girl from Barbados visits her Puritan relatives in Connecticut and becomes the suspect in a witch hunt
Set in 1687 in the small Connecticut colony of Wethersfield, this masterpiece of historical fiction elegantly conveys the social conventions of Puritan life in the American colonies. Katherine "Kit" Tyler, a 16-year-old orphan who was raised by her wealthy grandfather in Barbados, books passage on a ship bound for America after his death. There, she is taken in by her only living relatives--Puritan Aunt Rachel and her family. Used to a very open household, the independent Kit tries to adapt to the Puritan lifestyle, but she finds herself unable to completely accept, or even understand, the conventions of her new surroundings. Kit finds some comfort when she befriends Hannah Tupper, an elderly widow who lives alone on the outskirts of town. Hannah, however, is believed by many to be a witch--and Kit's friendship with her ultimately puts both of them in grave danger. Throughout the course of her captivating story, author Elizabeth George Speare seamlessly weaves in details about life in colonial America, touching on and explaining such subjects as religion, the roles of women, courtship rituals, and even candle making. Winner of the 1959 Newbery Medal.
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Social Issues / Emotions + Feelings, Social Issues / Friendship, Historical / USA/Colonial + Revolutionary Periods, Classics, Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic, General
- Age: Teen
- Language: English
- Author: Elizabeth George Speare
- Online Item #: 11831725
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-02-6795
- ISBN: 9780395071144
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported