The Witch of Blackbird Pond Audio CD – Audiobook, 11 Dec 2007
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Forced to leave her sunny Caribbean home for the bleak Connecticut Colony, Kit Tyler is filled with trepidation. As they sail up the river to Kit's new home, the teasing and moodiness of a young sailor named Nat doesn't help. Still, her unsinkable spirit soon bobs back up. What this spirited teenager doesn't count on, however, is how her aunt and uncle's stern Puritan community will view her. In the colonies of 1687, a girl who swims, wears silk and satin gowns, and talks back to her elders is not only headstrong, she is in grave danger of being regarded as a witch. When Kit befriends an old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, it is more than the ascetics can take: soon Kit is defending her life. Who can she count on as she confronts these angry and suspicious townspeople?
A thoroughly exciting and rewarding Newbery Medal winner and ALA Notable Children's Book, Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond brings this frightening period of witch hysteria to life. Readers will wonder at the power of the mob mentality, and the need for communities in desperate times--even current times--to find a scapegoat. --Emilie Coulter --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition School & Library Binding.
"Strong plot, fully realized characters and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative of a girl whose rebellion against bigotry and her Puritan surroundings culminates in a witch hunt and trial."--"Booklist.
"From the Trade Paperback edition. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition School & Library Binding.See all Product description
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But her life isn't all bad. There is the interest William, the most eligible bachelor in town, has shown in her. And there's the refuge she's managed to find in Hannah, the town outcast suspected of being a witch. But will she ever truly adjust to her new life?
I found this book in Jr. High, and have read it four or five times since then. I recently reread it again, and was completely drawn into the story. I couldn't put it down, and I already knew how it ended. The characters are sympathetic and interesting, especially Kit. You can help but root for her to find some happiness in her new life. The plot is engrossing, with several sub-plots expertly woven through the book. And the time and place of the setting is brought to life in such an amazing way it feels like you are actually in the town of Wethersfield.
This book is so engrossing that anyone will love it. And the theme about judging others will stick with you long after you've read the last page. I can not recommend this book highly enough. Ms. Speare is an excellent author.
Guess what? Anne of Green Gables was no nonsense, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm was willful and independent, and Pollyanna was one tough little survivor. These are model heroines, overcoming obstacles and declaring their own worth and value.
Well Kit here joins their company quite comfortably. A bit headstrong and heedless, she marches to her own drummer, and that drummer is a lot more modern and forward thinking than you would ever expect. She speaks her mind, chooses her own friends, (and boys), champions her own causes and sets her own path. This book is filled with incident, hypocrisy unmasked, justice triumphant and an appealing style of Puritan Girrrllllpower.
Who knew? Newbery sure got this one right.
The writing is clear yet intelligent, no dumbing-down to children here, and the depictions of the town and the various locations are realistically written.
she mostly just reads Terry Prattchet's books but she devoured this almost without taking a break.
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