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The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958)

by Elizabeth George Speare

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In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

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Someone recommended this one to me as a children's classic, one which I had never read.
I do remember seeing an edition of The Witch of Blackbird Pond as a child and the cover was a bit dark and frightening, so I never picked it up.

I did enjoy reading it now as an adult. Excellent piece of historical fiction set in Connecticut colony during the 1600s. A Newbery Medal winner in 1958. I think I would classify it more as young adult or at least upper middle grade.

I enjoyed it so much, I've now searched out some more Elizabeth George Speare books. Currently trying The Sign of the Beaver which itself is a 1984 Newbery Honor Book. ( )
  deslivres5 | Feb 11, 2023 |
I read this quickie because I was reviewing its acceptability for 8th grade literature when we are studying the Salem Witch Trials. I had read it 30-40 years ago and liked it. However, while still a good read, it's more about "love" than about witches. This "love" is very chaste and hearts beat from afar, but not enough about the Puritans and the witches! 261 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Oct 23, 2022 |
Amazing, couldn’t put down. ( )
  noel69 | Aug 31, 2022 |
I really liked this book when I read it in middle school. I haven't really read it since then. But the story was just really vivid in my mind. I like authors who not only tell a story, they paint a picture so vivid you can just imagine your there. Plus the whole, fish out of water plot was something I related to. ( )
  dishchan | Aug 15, 2022 |
Had never read this before but I had it recommended in another book I read and so I did. It's well written and just flies by. Utter fascinating! ( )
  kburne1 | Aug 13, 2022 |
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Speare, Elizabeth Georgeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurt, Mary BethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moser, BarryIllustratorsecondary 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.
"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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In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

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Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!
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