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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. 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 won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

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I read this book as a kid, and it’s stuck with me my whole life in that way only books you read as a kid ever can. I so enjoyed the adventure of this story and spent so much time thinking about it, and it was a great introduction to this period of American history. I think this book is perfect for independent readers in grades 4-6.

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What does Kit do to help prove her worth to her Aunt and Uncle?
  1. She marries a rich suitor
  2. She teaches Dame School
  3. She goes back to Barbados
  4. Nothing, she is too proud to do manual labor
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January 10, 2011