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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare Illustrated by Barry Moser

Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1867. 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's Newbery Award-winning novel portrays a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
6.9
Lexile Measure
850L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Publisher
Thorndike Press
Number of Pages
328
Genre
Classics, Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Elizabeth George Speare Elizabeth George Speare won the Newbery Medal in 1959 and again in 1962.  In 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children s literature.  
Barry Moser

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