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Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Key Words: Fiction, Drama, Colonial America, Teen, Newbery Medal Winner

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Book Description:

Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 3 Incidents

A girl smiles at a boy and he is speechless.

A girl studies a young man’s profile deliberately.

“William seemed to find nothing lacking in those evenings. For him it was enough simply to sit across the room and look at her. It was flattering, she had to admit.”

Making Out/Sex - 1 Incident

At a corn husking, a young man gets a red ear of corn and claims his kiss.

Miscellaneous - 13 Incidents

There are a few incidents where a young man helps a young lady by offering her his hand to get off a boat, steady her balance, etc.

A girl undresses in front of her female relatives unashamedly.

A young man makes his intentions known to court a girl. He visits her once a week. It is awkward and often they sit in silence, not knowing what to talk about.

Judith likes a young man, and later when he comes to talk to her father to court her sister, the entire family mistakes his intentions for Judith. The man says nothing so he and Judith begin “courting.”

A girl notices that her cousin, Mercy, is secretly in love.

A young man’s body is bare to his waist.

A girl talks about a corn husking (alluding to the red ear which gets the owner a kiss). She decides to take it into her own hands to help a young man make the move to court her.

The word “hussy” is used.

A young man holds a young lady’s arm and asks to marry her.

“Nat’s hands closed over hers hard and steady.”

Young people dance at a wedding.

A young man puts his head in a girl’s lap.

A girl realizes who she has loved all along.


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 1 Incident


Religious Profanities - 5 Incidents

Heavens, for heaven’s sake, Glory be to heaven

Derogatory Terms - 1 Incident


Violence - None

Conversation Topics - 4 Incidents

Because a girl can swim, she is thought to be a witch. Later, an old woman is thought by the town to be a witch because she is Quaker and they are Puritans. (Neither are a witch). Superstitions are mentioned throughout.

A girl protests about having to go to church again in the same day.

Mentions cider.

All Hallows Eve is mentioned along with witches and broomsticks (it is said in a non-believing, teasing way).

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