The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George SpeareThe Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

byElizabeth George Speare

Paperback | January 10, 2011

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"Rarely has a book taken us back into seventeenth-century life as this does."- New York Herald-Tribune "A distinguished book."- Chicago Sunday Tribune After her grandfather's death Kit leaves Barbados for New England. She is shocked by the gray, damp landscape and the Puritanical lifestyle of her uncle's household. Fitting in is not easy, and her only friend is believed to be&nbspa witch. Kit must choose: either abandon&nbspHannah, or stand by her and risk losing everything.Boasting&nbspa stunning new cover and an introduction by Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman, this classic tale will capture the hearts and minds of&nbsptoday's readers.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp
Elizabeth George Speare was born in 1908. Though she always wanted to write books, she was quickly occupied by a teaching career, marriage, and the task of raising a family, and it was many years before she could pursue her dream. The Witch of Blackbird Pond was her second novel. She died in 1994.
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Title:The Witch of Blackbird PondFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.71 inPublished:January 10, 2011Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547550294

ISBN - 13:9780547550299

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Newbery Award Puritan Historical Fiction This is about the third time I've read this book, but the first time giving a review. My rating is based upon this reading. I loved this book as a child and it always held special memories for me. I read it aloud about 17 years ago to one of my sons and I enjoyed it well that time also. It makes for a fine read-aloud and I got caught up in my listener's enthusiasm. This time though, reading independently as an adult I found the story somewhat slow, more of a romance than I had remembered, with a quiet plot yet extremely well-written and an easy read with flowing language. Despite the title, the book does not take place in Salem nor have a genuine plot about the Puritan witch trials. However, the fear of being thought a witch is always present in the background of the story and this is brought to a climax in one chapter close to the end. But also running through the book are themes of politics, especially the British annexing of Connecticut to Massachusetts and Connecticut's desperate plight to hide their Charter until they could rise again and fight those in England who wished to rule them from afar. Finally, the main plot centres around an outsider, her difficulties with fitting in, and most importantly the triangular love affair between 3 girls and 3 men who learn along with some painful moments, who each really loves and who is whose soul mate. A sweet, slow-moving, yet captivating historical fiction.
Date published: 2015-02-24
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

Editorial Reviews

'The book has a lively plot and excellent characterizations. The background has every dimension of reality.' The New York Times'Rarely has a book taken us back into seventeenth-century life as this does.' The New York Herald-TribuneStrong plot, fully realized characters, and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative." Booklist, ALA "