The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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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.

 

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Elizabeth George Speare was also the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Sign of the Beaver.
 
Published December 1, 1958 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 269 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Romance, History. Fiction

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When young Kit Tyler comes from her Barbados home to colonial Connecticut, she is unprepared for the austerity of her uncle's home.

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Examiner

As children around the country prepare to head back to school and studies, one book that almost always appears on reading lists for middle school students is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

Aug 22 2011 | Read Full Review of The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Pajiba

Mary Beth was good at doing both a young girl’s voice and an older woman’s voice - it was the main character’s teenage voice that didn’t seem right to me.

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Common Sense Media

Though some of the minor characters are stereotypical Puritans, the complex nature of many of the more prominent Puritan characters, particularly those within Kit's family, is gradually revealed.

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