Available Copies: Malletts Youth, Pittsfield Youth
In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.
I had to read two books about early American history, and this was one that I chose. I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who is in the same boat that I was. I am not sure that I would read it outside of school, but it is a classic. Some people may not like it because it's not action packed and adventurous, but this isn't an adventure book it is historical fiction. So if anyone likes realistic fiction this is a book for them.
This book is essential reading for children in the United States as it reminds us of our country's prejudices, including racism and religious prejudice that still haunt us today. Kit lives a privileged life before moving to Massachusetts to join her Puritan relatives. As a result of her time there, she learns how wrong it was of her to own and sell slaves back home in Barbados. This opposition to slavery is not historically accurate about the Puritans of the time, although their persecution of Quakers and those whom the Puritans accused of being witches is.