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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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    "My 12 year old grandson was to listen."

    But he admitting lost his attention. I took the time to finish the book. Being a 63 year old man, it was a pleasant listen. The reader Mary Hunt was great. The story, from my view, was a predictable love story. Kit, the main character was in first person, had a tough time finding herself in 1700s Puritan New England. It actually creeped me out. She had hard time and few good times. Everything lead up to her love interest making all things right. A lot of liberties were taken to complete story. You can find out for yourself. Not bad, not great. Would suggest to young ladies.

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    "Fantastic story."

    Educational and well-written and very entertaining story. Six+ hours of great listening with a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old in the car.

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    Donna L. Paine 05-18-15
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    Engaged throughout!
    Recommend this book! Narration outstanding !this would make a good miniseries on television! Will keep author mind in future

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    David B. Elzinga 05-13-15
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    I love this book! l love the character development of Kit. My favorite theme of the book is that the bewitching power that Hannah has is love despite all she has endured.

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    KMall 03-18-15
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    "Great book"

    It was above and beyond expectations. It was great to be able to imagine all the little houses and the town, the sacrifices to make the town. The narrator changed tones when needed and did a great job for this book.

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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
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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 2012
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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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