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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Genre

Historical Fiction, Young Adult

Historical Fiction

This novel is set in the 17th-century Connecticut Colony. History, however, is not merely a backdrop for The Witch of Blackbird Pond. The novel picks up on many of the debates of the day. The political unrest in the colonies is a major theme, as is the religious tension between Puritans and Quakers. You need not have a background in history to enjoy the novel, of course. Elizabeth George Spears does a terrific job of guiding readers through the more unfamiliar material.

Want to learn more about Colonial America and the Puritans? Check out these Shmoop US History Learning Guides:

Young Adult Fiction

As with most books in the young adult genre, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a coming-of-age story in which the protagonist grapples with identity formation and finding her place in society. The search for “home” is one of Kit’s major narrative paths.

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