Witch of Blackbird Pond

Witch of Blackbird Pond

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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.

Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

Publisher: Boston, MA : Houghton, 1958, 01
ISBN: 9780395913673
0395913675
Branch Call Number: JUV FIC Spe
Characteristics: 205p : illus
Additional Contributors: Moser, Barry, illus

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kaylaj1996
Dec 04, 2018

When I began reading this book, I was very skeptical of it's "classic" status. However, after having read it, I don't know how I will ever be able to put the novel down. Kit's story is one that shows courage, spunk, and of course, the way the world once was. Every reader should add this to their shelves.

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crhinehart
Nov 24, 2018

This is one of my favorite books! Along with Tuck Everlasting, Ella Enchanted, and Katherine: Heart of Freedom. I really love historical fiction and the colonial era. This has romance, adventure, it teaches some things about the late 1600's in America, it's entertaining, I couldn't put it down! I highly suggest it!

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

I think this may be the book that started my lifelong love affair with historical fiction.

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Magic_24
Jan 25, 2018

Such a wonderful book. I read it again almost every year.

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pholkchick
Dec 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down.
It was a good story, while giving a good history lesson on that era and there suspisons.
Kit, an innocent girl, is thought to be a witch for the oddest things.
For example: the fact that she could swim raised suspicion and there never was where she used to live (Barbados).
I think this book was a really good short read, that you get caught up in right away.
If you are looking for a good book to curl up with then this is the one!

ArapahoeJenny Jun 15, 2017

Kit arrives unannounced at her relative's home in Puritan Connecticut. As she adjusts to her new life she befriends others that don't fit in. This is a quick read full of straightforward writing and historical details. I couldn't put it down!

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Quietday
Jan 30, 2017

No wonder it was a Newbery Award winner, it's very well written. It does a great job of highlighting colonial life and the superstition of that time in an accessible and interesting way. I would say it is as engaging as the Laura Ingalls Wilder books or the Anne of Green Gables series and a similar type of storytelling.

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TrueCanadianGirl
May 04, 2016

This fantastic book lets us take a rare peek into 17th century life. Worded beautifully by Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond kept me turning page after page.

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Logovore
May 14, 2015

This is one of the books from my childhood that I re-read from time to time because it made such an impression on me.

Even though the novel is set in Puritan times it has some important messages about the various kinds of treatment of people who are 'different' that are still relevant.

The narrative moves quickly and there are no jarring non-period elements that breaks the willing suspension of disbelief.

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Kimberly_sahm
May 26, 2014

1959 Newbery Medal Award winner: A succinct read of the New England Puritan colonial life. Approved for 5th+ grade US History to adult. No useless dialog or pages of descriptions that do not enhance the story line.

If you are looking for comprehension quizzes, you can find them on the Sylvan Learning Center book list web site.

The book is much better than the synopsis on the back cover.

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lms May 07, 2008

"A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Conneticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing." (Novelist Review)

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