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The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Yearling Newbery)

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ISBN13: 9780440495963
ISBN10: 0440495962
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On a morning in mid-April; 1687, the brigantine Dolphin left the open sea, sailed briskly across the Sound to the wide mouth of the Connecticut River and into Saybrook harbor. Kit Tyler had been on the forecastle deck since daybreak, standing close to the rail, staring hungrily at the first sight of land for five weeks.

"There's Connecticut Colony," a voice spoke in her ear . "You've come a long way to see it."

She looked up, surprised and flattered. On the whole long voyage the captain's son had spoken scarcely a dozen words to her, She had noticed him often, his thin wiry figure swinging easily hand over hand up the rigging, his sandy, sun-bleached head bent over a coil of rope. Nathaniel Eaton, first mate, but his mother called him Nat. Now, seeing him so close beside her, she was surprised that, for all he looked so slight, the top of her head barely reached his shoulder.

"How does it look to you?" he questioned.

Kit hesitated. She didn't want to admit how disappointing she found this first glimpse of America. The bleak line of shore surrounding *the gray harbor was a disheartening contrast to the shimmering green and white that fringed the turquoise bay of Barbados which was her home. The earthen wall of the fortification that faced the river was bare and ugly, and the houses beyond were no more than plain wooden boxes.

"Is that Wethersfield?" she inquired instead.

"Oh, no, Wethersfield is some way up the river. This is the port of Saybrook. Home to us Eatons. There's my father's shipyard, just beyond the dock."

She could just make out the row of unimpressive shacks and the flash of raw new lumber. Her smile was admiring from pure relief. At least this grim place was not her destination, and surely the colony at Wethersfield would prove more inviting.

"We've made good time this year," Nat went on. "It's been a fair passage, hasn't it?"

"Oh, yes," she sparkled. "Though I'm glad now 'tis over."

"Aye," he agreed. "I never know myself which is best, the setting out or the coming back to harbor. Ever been on a ship before?"

"Just the little pinnaces in the islands. I've sailed' on those all my life."

He nodded. "That's where you learned to keep your balance."

So he had noticed! To her pride, she had proved to be a natural sailor. Certainly she had not spent the voyage groaning and retching like some of the passengers.

"You're not afraid of the wind and the salt, anyway. At least, you haven't spent much time below."

"Not if I could help it," she laughed. Did he think anyone would stay in that stuffy cabin by choice? Would she ever have had the courage to sail at all had she known, before she booked passage, that the sugar and molasses -in the hold had been paid for by a load of Connecticut horses, and that all the winds of the Atlantic could never blow the ship clean of that unbearable stench? "That's what I minded most about the storm," she added, "four days shut away down there with the deadlights up."

"Were you scared?"

"Scared to death. Especially when the ship stood right on end, and the water leaked under the cabin door. But now I wouldn't have missed it for anything. 'Twas the most exciting thing I ever knew."

His face lighted with admiration, but all for the ship. "She's a stout one, the Dolphin," he said "She's come through many a worse blow than that." His eyes dwelt fondly on the topsails.

"What is happening?" Kit asked, noting the sudden activity along the deck, -Four husky sailors in blue jackets and bright kerchiefs had hurried forward to man the capstan bars. Captain Eaton, in his good blue coat, was shouting orders from the quarterdeck. "Are we stopping here?"

"There are passengers to go ashore," Nat explained. "And we need food and water for the trip upriver. But we've missed the tide, and the wind is blowing too hard from the west for us to make the landing. We're going to anchor out here and take the longboat in to shore. That means I'd better look to the oars." He swung away, moving lightly and confidently; there was a bounce in his step that matched the laughter in his eyes.

With dismay, Kit saw the captain's wife among the passengers preparing to disembark. Must she say goodbye so soon to to Mistress Eaton? They had shared the bond of being the only two women aboard the Dolphin and the older woman had been sociable and kindly. Now, catching Kit's eye, she came hurrying along the deck.

"Are you leaving the ship, Mistress Eaton?" Kit greeted her wistfully.

"Aye, didn't I tell you I'd be leaving you at Say brook? But don't look so sad, child. 'Tis not far to Wethersfield, and we'll be meeting again."

"But I thought the Dolphin was your home!"

"In the wintertime it is, when we sail to the West Indies. But I was born in Saybrook, and in the spring I get to hankering for my house and garden. Besides,, l'd never let on to my husband, but the summer trips are tedious, just back and forth up and down the river. I stay at home and tend my vegetables and my spinning like a proper housewife. Then, come November, when he sails for Barbados again, I'm ready enough to. go with him. 'Tis a good life, and one of the best things about it is coming home in the springtime.

Kit glanced again — at the forbidding shore. She could see nothing about it to put such a twinkle of anticipation in anyone's eye. Could there be some charm that was not visible from out here in the harbor? She spoke on a sudden impulse.

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McFerrin, April 7, 2008 (view all comments by McFerrin)
The Witch of Blackbird Pond is one of the few books I can read over and over again. I first read it in the 7th grade, and enjoyed it. However, the more times I read it, the more I understand the actions of the characters, the irony, and the wonderful writing style. I love all the important little side plots and romances. Also, any book that can make me laugh, cry, and fall in love with the characters is awesome. I give this great book a 5!
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rockyrq2, December 6, 2006 (view all comments by rockyrq2)
i am in the 7th gade and our class is reading this book so far we are on chpt.18 and it is very interesting. Don't worry i turned 13 almost 2 weeks ago on the 27th. i'm loving the book so far thank you for taking the time to write it.
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tbarnett1985, November 16, 2006 (view all comments by tbarnett1985)
I first discovered this book when I was in seventh grade. I have since read it to my nephiew and one day I plan to read it to my own children. It has a rich tapistry to go along with a compeling story.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440495963
Author:
Speare, Elizabeth George
Publisher:
Yearling
Author:
Various
Author:
Elizabeth Speare
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
History
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Literature - Classics / Contemporary
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial
Subject:
Horror & Ghost Stories
Subject:
Witchcraft
Subject:
Prejudices
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Juveniles
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Historical
Subject:
Connecticut
Subject:
Puritans
Subject:
Occult fiction
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Historical - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary
Subject:
Historical / United States / Revolutionary Periods
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Historical - United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Historical - Holocaust
Subject:
Childrens classics
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Large Print:
Yes
Series:
Yearling Newbery
Series Volume:
87-211
Publication Date:
February 1972
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
7.63 x 5.13 in 0.49 lb
Age Level:
09-12

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Product details 256 pages Yearling Books - English 9780440495963 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
After her grandfathers death Kit leaves Barbados for New England. She is shocked by the gray, damp landscape and the Puritanical lifestyle of her uncles household. Fitting in is not easy, and her only friend is believed to be a witch. Kit must choose: either abandon Hannah, or stand by her and risk losing everything.

     Boasting a stunning new cover and an introduction by Newbery Medalist Karen Cushman, this classic tale will capture the hearts and minds of todays readers.

"Synopsis" by , Kit Tyler must leave behind shimmering Caribbean islands to join the stern Puritan community of her relatives. She soon feels caged, until she meets the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit herself is accused of witchcraft!
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