by Elizabeth George Speare
The setting is the Colony of Connecticut in 1687 amid the political and religious conflicts of that day. When sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler unexpectedly arrives at her aunt and uncle’s doorstep, she is unprepared for the new world which awaits her. Raised by her grandfather in Barbados, she doesn’t understand the conflict between those loyal to the king and those who defend the Connecticut Charter. She is constantly astounding her aunt, uncle, and cousins with her dress, behavior, ideas and her ignorance of religious intolerance and the rigidity of the Puritan community. Feeling unwanted and alone Kit’s only comfort is her secret friendship with the widow, Hannah Tupper, who has been expelled from Massachusetts because she is a Quaker and suspected of being a witch. A fascinating tale that transports you to Puritan New England, rich in details and characterization. It weaves in the idea that worlds open up, even for the most unlikely, when they are taught to read.