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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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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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    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 02-28-04
    Susan East Boothbay, ME, USA 02-28-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Great characters - a delightful listen!"

    Set in colonial New England, harsh in the physical and social senses, young Katherine arrives in this seeming cruel environment and struggles to fit in. She is changed in the process and she brings about change in this severely prejusticed society. The relationships are well described between all the various characters giving the story a richness. Understanding for people grows past just the outward appearances.The mean uncle and the old Quaker are more than what they seem to be. And true love wins the day. My 11 year-old son loved the story which is still the best proof of this story's worthiness. He's a tough critic. It is a lovely listen.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    E. Dickson Colorado 08-26-05
    E. Dickson Colorado 08-26-05 Listener Since 2003
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    "Listen with a friend or relative!!"

    This book was great on audio. In the beginning it's a wee bit confusing, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with some great characters and a wonderful story. We (mom and 10 yr old daughter) listened to it on a road trip, and we thought it was fantastic! GET IT!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Norman, OK, USA 10-05-09
    Susan Norman, OK, USA 10-05-09
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    "Loved it!"

    I wanted to read this book because my son had to read it for his 4th grade literature class. It was fabulous! I didn't want to stop listening.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mollie United States 08-03-12
    Mollie United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Still a favorite"
    Where does The Witch of Blackbird Pond rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's one of the best ones I have listened to thus far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the subject matter.


    Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

    I liked her reading of the characters Mercy and Judith.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Nat comes back with Prudence to save Kitt from punishment is a great moment. He risked his life to do this because he'd already been punished in this town once before.


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book many years ago as a teenager, and it has always been one of my favorite works. I think this books is what first interested me in the Salem witchcraft trials. However, now that I am older, I do realize that the plot is a little over-simplified. It's still a great read for its intended audience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 03-15-09
    Tina Nibley, UT, United States 03-15-09 Member Since 2007

    I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.

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    "Good narration and a classic tale"

    The narration really made these characters come alive. The story represents trials of living on colonial New England and the problems with fear ruling the masses. This story is a great moral tale of following the masses to an end that later generations will declare unbelievable.
    A fairly short story and quite enjoyable. I expect anyone looking for a slightly romantic, slightly historic, and true to human nature, will greatly enjoy this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anna Salt Lake City, UT, USA 05-07-08
    Anna Salt Lake City, UT, USA 05-07-08 Member Since 2007
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    I loved this book. I loved it as a child, and I loved it as an adult.

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    Annette South Holland, IL, USA 11-09-07
    Annette South Holland, IL, USA 11-09-07
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    "Enjoyable Classic"

    This is a very enjoyable look into what some of the "witch" activity in our country's early days may have looked like.

    The Narrator has a calm soothing voice which made this an especially easy book to listen to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D.R. California 07-26-13
    D.R. California 07-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful rendition of a classic!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Witch of Blackbird Pond the most enjoyable?

    I have loved this book since I was a kid and read it every year. I never tire of the characters and story. I now have a new way to enjoy it. Mary Beth Hurt was enchanting, especially as Kit.


    What other book might you compare The Witch of Blackbird Pond to and why?

    Island of the Blue Dolphins has the same spellbinding ability to take you into another time and another world and care deeply about the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Catherine Mercer Island, WA, United States 03-06-13
    Catherine Mercer Island, WA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful Young Adult Historical Fiction"

    Very nice book for tweenagers (and their moms) set in Puritan New England. Has themes of religeous freedom and outsiders who don't fit into the local community. Great topic for youth, and very well written with engaging characters. Probably wouldn't appeal as much to boys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 10-29-12
    Peter Vernon, VT, United States 10-29-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Witch of Blackbird Pond to be better than the print version?

    Audio is a convenient way to hear a book with a busy family.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We enjoyed the complexity of each character.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many enjoyable scenes.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would not make a film of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book that uses fiction to help convey historically significant times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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