Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Childhood Fiction Revisited

For some reason, ever since I discovered Harry Potter way back in '99, I've been addicted to young adult fiction. OK, mostly Harry Potter over and over and over, but I have ALSO been revisiting classics from my youth, and I'll be posting about them from time to time.

Right now I'm re-reading The Witch of Blackbird Pond,the 1958 Newberry Award Winner from Elizabeth George Speare. It seems that I received this book when I was in third grade; both my name and the words "Rm. 105" are written in a very studied cursive on the inside front cover.

Now for the story. In 1687, Kit Tyler, the recently orphaned girl of wealthy English landowners, sets sail for Connecticut from her home in Barbados. She is a complete fish out of water in Puritanical New England, but finds comfort in the friendship of an old Quaker woman, herself an outcast. It's part love story, part historical fiction, part mystery, and a beautiful, enchanting read.

1 comment:

Heather said...

I'm listening to the last Harry Potter book on my ipod while I sew - I don't want it to end! BTW - I've tagged you (only if you're interested, of course!) to share 7 random/weird facts about yourself on your blog. Check out the rules on my blog if you're interested: