The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!
Publisher: New York : Laurel-Leaf, 1993, c1958.
ISBN: 9780395071144
0395071143
9780440495963
0440495962
9780440995777
0440995779
Call Number: SPEARE
Characteristics: 249 p. ; 18 cm
Subjects: Paranormal fiction.
Connecticut -- Juvenile fiction.
Connecticut -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Juvenile fiction.
Witchcraft -- Connecticut -- Juvenile fiction.
Prejudices -- Juvenile fiction.
Puritans -- Juvenile fiction.
Newbery Medal.

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SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

I think this may be the book that started my lifelong love affair with historical fiction.

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Magic_24
Jan 25, 2018

Such a wonderful book. I read it again almost every year.

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pholkchick
Dec 17, 2017

I really enjoyed this book, and couldn’t put it down.
It was a good story, while giving a good history lesson on that era and there suspisons.
Kit, an innocent girl, is thought to be a witch for the oddest things.
For example: the fact that she could swim raised suspicion and there never was where she used to live (Barbados).
I think this book was a really good short read, that you get caught up in right away.
If you are looking for a good book to curl up with then this is the one!

AL_JENNY Jun 15, 2017

Kit arrives unannounced at her relative's home in Puritan Connecticut. As she adjusts to her new life she befriends others that don't fit in. This is a quick read full of straightforward writing and historical details. I couldn't put it down!

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Quietday
Jan 30, 2017

No wonder it was a Newbery Award winner, it's very well written. It does a great job of highlighting colonial life and the superstition of that time in an accessible and interesting way. I would say it is as engaging as the Laura Ingalls Wilder books or the Anne of Green Gables series and a similar type of storytelling.

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TrueCanadianGirl
May 04, 2016

This fantastic book lets us take a rare peek into 17th century life. Worded beautifully by Elizabeth George Speare, The Witch of Blackbird Pond kept me turning page after page.

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Logovore
May 14, 2015

This is one of the books from my childhood that I re-read from time to time because it made such an impression on me.

Even though the novel is set in Puritan times it has some important messages about the various kinds of treatment of people who are 'different' that are still relevant.

The narrative moves quickly and there are no jarring non-period elements that breaks the willing suspension of disbelief.

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Kimberly_sahm
May 26, 2014

1959 Newbery Medal Award winner: A succinct read of the New England Puritan colonial life. Approved for 5th+ grade US History to adult. No useless dialog or pages of descriptions that do not enhance the story line.

If you are looking for comprehension quizzes, you can find them on the Sylvan Learning Center book list web site.

The book is much better than the synopsis on the back cover.

Artpenr May 28, 2013

I started reading it and the storyline was interesting, and slowly i got into it, there's something about it that i can't put my finger on but it is definitely a good book. The story itself is amazing and i loved it and probably will forever! And of course history <3 much to learn that's the thing about books.

lakevilla_IDOL May 28, 2013

I had to read this book for a school assignment and do a big project on it. At first I was bored and confused about the storyline of the book. Also the wording is different than nowadays since it is set in 1682, so it is a little hard to understand. But, by chapter nine I started getting involved in the plot of the book and start to get intersted. After that chapter I could not put the book down. Something new happened on every page and you learn some history from the time period. I absoultely loved this book. I was very happy with the outcome at the end.

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lms May 07, 2008

"A young woman brought up in Barbados comes to live with her uncle in Conneticut, and finds their Puritan way of life difficult after her unconventional upbringing." (Novelist Review)

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