The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit's friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty.

Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1986], ©1986
ISBN: 9780395071144
0395071143
Branch Call Number: FICTION Spe
Description: 249 pages ; 22 cm

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Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler was raised in pleasant, tropical Barbados. She is very much a stranger when she comes to live with her aunt and uncle in the New England colony of Connecticut which, in 1687, is a dangerous place for an outsider. Newbery winner.


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PonyLuv
Sep 29, 2019

I could read this book over and over again!! I loved the main character, Kit Tyler and her adventures. I really felt the emotion in this book. I would highly recommend it.

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WoodneathReads
Jul 24, 2019

This tale of a teenage girl who moves from Barabados to Connecticut in the 1680's has it all- romance! Danger! Suspense! I fell in love with the feisty heroine, Kit, the first time I read this book 20 years ago.

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The_Zookeeper
Jul 18, 2019

A classic children's book. It's amazing and I love rereading it.

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kaylaj1996
Dec 04, 2018

When I began reading this book, I was very skeptical of it's "classic" status. However, after having read it, I don't know how I will ever be able to put the novel down. Kit's story is one that shows courage, spunk, and of course, the way the world once was. Every reader should add this to their shelves.

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crhinehart
Nov 24, 2018

This is one of my favorite books! Along with Tuck Everlasting, Ella Enchanted, and Katherine: Heart of Freedom. I really love historical fiction and the colonial era. This has romance, adventure, it teaches some things about the late 1600's in America, it's entertaining, I couldn't put it down! I highly suggest it!

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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!

ArapahoeStaff11 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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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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