The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Spear


The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth George Spear, 1958

My favorite quote: “People are afraid of things they don’t understand.”

Notable characters: Kit Tyler, an orphan (with a really cool name); Hannah, a Quaker who is rumored to be a witch; Nathaniel “Nat” Eaton, Kit’s true love

Most memorable scene: When the angry mob burns poor Hannah’s house because they’re idiots. I was also struck by the scene, shortly afterward, when Hannah refuses to leave without her cat. I liked that

Greatest strengths: It’s glimpse into the world of the Puritans (shudders.) Gawd, how I loathe those Puritans

Standout achievements: One of the best descriptions of fall I’ve ever read: “After the keen still days of September, the October sun filled the world with mellow warmth … The maple tree in front of the doorstep burned like a gigantic red torch. The oaks along the roadway glowed yellow and bronze. The fields stretched like a carpet of jewels, emerald and topaz and garnet. Everywhere she walked the color shouted and sang around her … In October any wonderful unexpected thing might be possible.”

Fun Facts: This book won the Newbery Medal in 1959

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: Had I read this as a kid, I would have been given a whole new perspective on American history — without being bored to tears, btw. If this book isn’t required reading (it wasn’t for me), I think it should be 

How it inspired me: Even though I didn’t read this book until just a few years ago, I saw it floating around in grade school a lot, and always wanted to read it. Maybe it was the title, maybe it was the cover, but it had all the mystique to me of something magical. A lot of books have that effect on me, even if I haven’t read them (yet) and this was one that perked my ears up and somehow, even from a distance, got me interested in reading

Additional thoughts: This book is unrivaled in its ability to take the reader to a different time period (in this case, the late 1600s) using a surprisingly sparse amount of words

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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