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The Witch of Blackbird Pond (original 1958; edition 1978)

by Elizabeth Speare

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Title:The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Authors:Elizabeth Speare
Info:Laurel Leaf Library/ Dell Publishing Co Inc (1978), Paperback
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare (1958)

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Just reread this childhood favorite. My son and I are studying the Salem witch trials, and this story takes place very near them in every sense.

What I think I admire most about this book is that the writer doesn't idealize her protagonist. It's not just that Kit isn't perfect -- she's terribly wrong sometimes. I remember how taken aback I was to see Kit's oblivious indifference to the slavery that surrounded her when she grew up in 17th-century Barbados. Speare handles this expertly, making the modern reader squirm with the uncomfortable awareness of how easy it is for not-horrible people to live next to evil without recognizing it as such.

If you haven't yet read this modern classic, you're in for a treat. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
Really good. ( )
  AshleyDioses | Aug 1, 2015 |
Historically Accurate, Engaging Storyline ( )
  LisaAndrews | Jul 25, 2015 |
enlightening ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Apr 14, 2015 |
RGG: Set in Colonial America, an orphaned teenage girl navigates the constraints of Puritan society while growing up, making friendships, and finding love. The main character is a likable, head-strong girl. The story may be a bit slow and not have enough action for some readers. Reading Level: 10-14.
  rgruberexcel | Mar 9, 2015 |
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Elizabeth George Speareprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurt, Mary BethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a morning in mid-April, 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the Sound to the wide mouth of the Connecticut River and into Saybrook harbor.
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"Still dazed, Hannah accepted the miracle and the prospect of a journey like a docile child. Then after two shaky steps she turned obstinate. She would not set foot in the boat without her cat."
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Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in grave danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it is more than the ascetics can take: soon Kit is defending her life. Who can she count on as she confronts these angry and suspicious townspeople?

A thoroughly exciting and rewarding Newbery Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book, Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond brings this frightening period of witch hysteria to life. Readers will wonder at the power of the mob mentality, and the need for communities in desperate times--even current times--to find a scapegoat. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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In 1687, Kit Tyler moves from the Caribbean to Connecticut Colony. Her friendship for a strange, old woman leads to her trial for witchcraft.

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