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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Random House Children's Books | May 15, 1978 | Mass Market Paperbound |

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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!

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 4.33 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 1978

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440995779

ISBN - 13: 9780440995777

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 256 Pages, 4.33 × 6.69 × 0.79 in

Published: May 15, 1978

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440995779

ISBN - 13: 9780440995777

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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. Kit Tyler had been on the forecastle deck since daybreak, standing close to the rail, staring hungrily at the first sight of land for five weeks. "There''s Connecticut Colony," a voice spoke in her ear . "You''ve come a long way to see it." She looked up, surprised and flattered. On the whole long voyage the captain''s son had spoken scarcely a dozen words to her, She had noticed him often, his thin wiry figure swinging easily hand over hand up the rigging, his sandy, sun-bleached head bent over a coil of rope. Nathaniel Eaton, first mate, but his mother called him Nat. Now, seeing him so close beside her, she was surprised that, for all he looked so slight, the top of her head barely reached his shoulder. "How does it look to you?" he questioned. Kit hesitated. She didn''t want to admit how disappointing she found this first glimpse of America. The bleak line of shore surrounding *the gray harbor was a disheartening contrast to the shimmering green and white that fringed the turquoise bay of Barbados which was her home. The earthen wall of the fortification that faced the river was bare and ugly, and the houses beyond were no more than plain wooden boxes. "Is that Wethersfield?" she inquired instead. "Oh, no, Wethersfield is some way up the river. This is th
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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!

From the Jacket

"Strong plot, fully realized characters and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative of a girl whose rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings culminates in a witch hunt and trial."--Booklist.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Elizabeth George Speare was also the author of the Newbery Honor Book The Sign of the Beaver.

From Our Editors

Junior Booklovers Contest Winner Katrina, age 14, Winnipeg, MB

Finally, I can write about my most favourite story of all time! I first read this book in Grade 4 and I fell in love with it, and at least once a year I re-read it! I've never once been bored of this incredible story.

Elizabeth George Spear wrote this book with such a reality - it blows me away! Even though the main characters are fictional they are so like real characters you could imagine seeing their pictures in a scrapbook from about 326 years ago!

The story is about Katherine Tyler (Kit) who moves from her rich grandfather's plantation in Barbados to dreary Wethersfield, Connecticut (near Hartford) to live with her aunt, uncle and two cousins, who are all respectable, God-fearing Puritans. Kit soon befriends a super sweet, elderly Hannah Tupper. The townsfolk believe Hannah is a witch and soon suspect the same of Kit, because they spend time together. It's so sad that things like that really did happen - the discrimination was so harsh and stupid!

All in all, this fictionally historical story is amazing and I've made everyone of my friends read it because, not only is it such an awesome story, but there is also just a little bit of romance - everyone needs a little bit of that sometimes!

Editorial Reviews

"Strong plot, fully realized characters and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative of a girl whose rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings culminates in a witch hunt and trial."--Booklist.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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