(1959 Newbery Medal Winner) Orphaned teenager Kit Tyler must leave her shimmering Caribbean island for the bleak shores of 17th-century Connecticut, in this novel for readers 10 and up. Sent to live in her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird caged in the wrong part of the world. The only place Kit feels free is in the meadows, where she befriends an old Quaker woman reputed to be a witch. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit is regarded with suspicion, fear, and anger—and in the wake of an illness running through the village, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft, and must defend her life.
"The book has a lively plot and excellent characterizations. The background has every dimension of reality."—NYTimes