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Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!
©1958, 1986 Elizabeth George Speare (P)2002 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, An Imprint Of Random House Audio Publishing Group
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Critic Reviews



Newbery Medal Winner, 1959
"Mary Beth Hurt gives an excellent performance" (School Library Journal) "Speare's classic adapts well to audio, and Hurt gives it life, and hope." (AudioFile) "Strong plot, fully realized characters, and convincing atmosphere distinguish this historical narrative." (Booklist)
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By E. Dickson on 08-26-05

Listen with a friend or relative!!

This book was great on audio. In the beginning it's a wee bit confusing, but stay with it and you will be rewarded with some great characters and a wonderful story. We (mom and 10 yr old daughter) listened to it on a road trip, and we thought it was fantastic! GET IT!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By Mollie on 08-03-12

Still a favorite

Where does The Witch of Blackbird Pond rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's one of the best ones I have listened to thus far.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the subject matter.

Which character – as performed by Mary Beth Hurt – was your favorite?

I liked her reading of the characters Mercy and Judith.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Nat comes back with Prudence to save Kitt from punishment is a great moment. He risked his life to do this because he'd already been punished in this town once before.

Any additional comments?

I read this book many years ago as a teenager, and it has always been one of my favorite works. I think this books is what first interested me in the Salem witchcraft trials. However, now that I am older, I do realize that the plot is a little over-simplified. It's still a great read for its intended audience.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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