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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

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

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is rated 5 out of 5 by 6.
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, 6.95 × 4.59 × 0.89 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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful historical fiction about the Puritans and Quakers I read this book aloud to my children, which won the 1959 Newbery Medal. The story takes place in 1687. Katherine "Kit" Tyler lived with her grandfather in Barbados on his large plantation. When he died, Kit sold everything to pay the workers and to not leave any debt. Unfortunately, that left her with nothing. She decided to travel by ship to Connecticut to live with her aunt and uncle. When Kit arrives, she learns that things are very different in the Puritan settlement than she is used to. It is hard for her to become used to this way of life, but she manages because she is a strong and fiercely determined girl! Kit becomes friends with an old woman named Hannah, who has been ostracized by the Puritan community because she is a Quaker. The Puritans call her "The Witch of Blackbird Pond." Kit feels a sort of kinship with her and, even though she has been forbidden by her uncle, she visits Hannah as often as she can. The only other person to be brave enough to visit Hannah is Nat Eaton, a sailor who brings goods to Hannah whenever he returns to the settlement. Hannah found Nat in the meadow by her house when he was a young boy in the same manner that she found Kit: sobbing! Just as she had done with Kit, she had invited Nat back to her home for some blueberry cake and to cuddle her cats. The kindly woman was, and continues to be, such a comfort to him! In the meadow by Blackbird Pond, Kit finds a young girl named Prudence. Just as Hannah had done to her, Kit invites Prudence back to Hannah's house explaining that it is a safe and loving place for her to visit. Kit was taught by her grandfather to read, although it was practically unheard of at that time for a girl to have learned this important skill. She taught Prudence not only how to read but also to write in cursive. When sickness befalls the community and the children start dying, the residents decide that the Witch must be to blame! Kit risks everything to get to Hannah's house before the mob, and she and Hannah hide in the bushes watching while the mob burns down her house and searches for her. Luckily, Nat's boat returns the following morning and he takes Hannah aboard and brings her to live with his aunt in a town where she will be safe. Although Hannah escaped safely, Kit was arrested for helping and consorting with a witch and was accused of even being a witch herself! Who will come to Kit's defense? We loved this book! Kit is a fabulous character. She faces adversity with such admirable strength. This is our second book by Speare (we previously read The Sign of the Beaver), and we love that Speare's protagonists are non-judgmental and have acceptance of those who are different. This book also inspired a lot of discussion about Puritans, Quakers, and the Salem Witch trials. MY RATING: 5 stars!! We loved it!! Highly recommended!
Date published: 2012-02-24
Rated out of 5 by from Recommended by Parents' Choice Smoothly performed and true to the historical time and place, this rendition of a modern-day classic for children will find an appreciative audience. Kit Tyler, a young girl from Barbados, must now live with her aunt and uncle in the Puritan Connecticut Colony of 1687. Gone are the freedoms of her island life, only to be replaced with strict rules and dreary days. When she befriends an old woman suspected of witchcraft, Kit is tainted by the same suspicions. Patient listeners must wait for this moderately paced story to unfold. They will be rewarded with suspense, mob hysteria, and much to ponder about the power of hatred. For more details on the Parents' Choice Foundation, please visit www.parents-choice.org
Date published: 2006-11-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I have always loved this book Ever since the first time I read this book I've been in love with the story. I read it the first time in elementary school and now I am in University and I still pull it out to read again from time to time! It is worth the read.
Date published: 2004-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Witch of Blackbird Pond I loved this book! I first picked it up in my school library I didn't really want to read it! But once I started I didn't stop and I finished it in one day! Its full of historical facts and suspense but what really kept me going was the romance between Kit and Nat!
Date published: 2004-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This book is the best book to read When my mom brought this book home from a trip, I was a little sceptical at first, I mean another book about a witch? But when I started to read it, I found that I couldn't put I down. The feeling of sympathy for Kit is very deep, and the fact that this sort of thing actually happened in our world was almost too real to handle, but in the end, it was the best book I have ever read in my life. I would recomend it to anyone who is older than 8 years old (some of the content can get a little scary).
Date published: 2001-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Book I really enjoyed the book 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond'. Kit is an orphan from Barbados, who travels on a ship for 5 weeks; travling to America to stay with her late mother's sister, Rachel. In her new home, Kit feels lonely and doesn't really make any friends. This is a wonderful story, and Kit is a wonderful character who has a great personalty. I would recomend this story to boys and girls 10-15 years old. I really enjoyed all of this book, and I soon discovered while reading it why it had recieved the Newberry Medal.
Date published: 2000-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nice,full story The Witch of Blackbird Pond pulled me to read it.It's full,though I wish it was longer,and has hints of romance,It gives us an idea of a Puritan community.
Date published: 2000-06-26

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 256 pages, 6.95 × 4.59 × 0.89 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

Read from the Book

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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