The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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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!
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1958.
ISBN: 9780440995777
Characteristics: 249 p. : col. ill.


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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.

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!

SPPL_Anna Mar 13, 2018

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

Jan 25, 2018

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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