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April 27, 2009

Witch or not a witch?

Filed under: Uncategorized — by npappas13 @ 8:57 pm

witch_from_blackbird_pondSpeare, E. (1958). The witch of blackbird pond. New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.
Genre: Mystery
Grades: 6th-8th

Set in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1987, The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a mysterious and thrilling book. Kit Tyler becomes an orphan once her Grandfather passes away and moves to Wethersfield to live with her Aunt and Uncle. They are English settlers who she has never met. She not only struggles with trying to be true to herself and belong but she struggles with trying to survive in this new home. A friendship with Hannah Tupper gives her hope even though she is believed to be a witch by the colonists. Kit runs into a dilemma between being a faithful friend or falling into the towns narrow beliefs. There is often a conflict between the adolescent young people and the authority. This is definitely an aspect where young teenagers relate to since they experience conflict with rules and authority daily. Also the romance in the novel attracts a long of young female readers, so it is a great read for girls especially! Speare does a great job with building tension throughout the book by the way she writes. This book is a really great mystery and historical fiction. The location Speare chooses are real and based on real events. Pick up this book to find out what really happens to Kit when she makes this new and scary move to Wethersfield, Connecticut!

About the Author

speareElizabeth George Speare is an extremely successful author who is known for her many great works which have won awards. Some of her well known books include The Bronze Bow, Calico Captive, and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Of those, The Bronze Bow and The Witch of Blackbird Pond have both received Newberry awards. Information found about Speare was found at



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