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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | [Elizabeth George Speare]

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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 islands 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 islands 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!

©1958, 1986 Elizabeth George Speare; (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 1959

"Mary Beth Hurt gives an excellent performance" (School Library Journal)
"Speare's classic adapts well to audio, and Hurt gives it life, and hope." (AudioFile)
"Strong plot, fully realized characters, and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative." (Booklist)

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    Gypsy SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 04-22-14
    Gypsy SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved over 40 Years"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witch of Blackbird Pond to be better than the print version?

    No.
    I read this the very first time over 40 years ago.
    It became a "must be read" book for my children, nieces, nephews etc.
    I have read this book over & over through my life, each time loving it more, as it ran alongside my life & my personal story. It helped me to have strength and stand up to the challenges I faced, and I had my own special "Hannah".
    Seeing it in audio was a shock & joy and now I can have it with me constant in my ipod, although my print version is within reach of my chair.
    I regret my original was lost in a house fire....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The simplicity of love & character.
    Blueberry cake & kittens truly do heal heartaches, while cornbread & fresh water is a fine breakfast.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    I found she did well, my mind gave a voice to this story for too many years to fall in love with any narrator I am sorry to say.
    She did a very nice job, but for me.......


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I have laughed, cried and dreamed more than any review can tell.


    Any additional comments?

    Every young girl should read this book at the age of 11......
    Just because.
    My granddaughter did

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    Anne Greensboro, NC, United States 09-03-12
    Anne Greensboro, NC, United States 09-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Beautifully written, beautifully narrated"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the author's descriptive writing. She had me in tears more than once and agonizing over the characters dilemmas.


    What about Mary Beth Hurt’s performance did you like?

    She had a wonderfully engaging voice and reading style.


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    "A Long Time Favorite"
    What did you love best about The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

    I first read this book when I was a teenager. Read it over and over. Was thrilled to see it was on audio. The narrator is excellent with all the voices of the characters. A real-to-life historical novel. Now I listen to it over and over, enjoy the narration as much as the story.


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    "Disappointing narration"

    I've loved this book since I was a kid and have read it approximately a zillion times. Whenever I'm stressed, I reread it. I named my son after Nathaniel Eaton. You get the idea. Unfortunately, I had a lot of trouble getting over my disappointment with the performance. The narrator was lackluster in general and just plain awful for the male characters.

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    William Rockwood, TN, United States 06-19-11
    William Rockwood, TN, United States 06-19-11
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    "Bewitching!"

    This is a wonderful book for young adults to read. It has all the required elements for a coming-of-age novel. You experience the angst, frustration, joy and growing pains with a little touch of history and values too. Unfortunately, I found it to be somewhat melodramatic, but if that's what you like, go for it!

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    Jessica Dothan, AL, United States 01-26-11
    Jessica Dothan, AL, United States 01-26-11 Member Since 2009
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    "We loved the book and the audible"

    As a mother, a 14yr old boy and a 12yr old boy we all truly enjoyed this book and the narrator. Excellent!

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    Amy Medina, WA, USA 06-15-10
    Amy Medina, WA, USA 06-15-10
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    "Great!"

    This book was very fun and interesting! I would have NEVER read this because of how it looked and the title but I read this because of school and I loved it! This book is one of my favorite books ever! If you ever see this book in the store get it and read it! The beginning is not the best but is gets really really great! Read this book! I strongly suggest it! to any one even if you are old and if you are young it is a great fun adventuress book!

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    the story is simple, but engaging

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