Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare

256 pgs
1958

Read - Sept 2010

Kit has left her home and her grandfather in Barbados and has travelled by boat to the new Connecticut Colony. She arrives without notice to live with her aunt, uncle and cousins. Upon arrival, she notices that her clothes are too fancy and she is expected to make her own way. She must take a teaching job, which she sees as boring until she decides to teach as her grandfather taught her. She must also help around the house, which means getting dirty in the garden. Soon after her arrival, Kit acquires a gentleman caller. Mr. William Ashby has taken a liking to Kit and has started building a house that he said would never be started until he found his bride. This doesn't make Kit's cousin too happy as she has had her eye on him for awhile. There is a little legend in town that everyone calls The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Hannah Tupper is a lonely widowed Quaker who has been expelled from Massachussets under suspect of being a witch. Kit and Hannah become fast friends, until one day, Kit becomes guilty of association with a witch, therefore she must herself be a witch. Kit soon finds out who her friends are when she has to defend her life..... Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994) was born in Massachussets and noted as an exceptionally happy child. She first discovered writing at eight years old and began to actually write while in high school. She graduated college in 1930 and went on to teach in some private high schools. Elizabeth got married and had children, which like all mothers drained her time. She didn't focus on writing again until her children where in junior high school. She began writing about her motherly experiences which ended up with publications in some major magazines. The Witch of Blackbird Pond was her second novel and won her the first of two Newbury Medals. She died in November of 1994.

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2 comments:

Book Loving Mommy said...

I loved this book when I read it in high school and reread it just this past summer!

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