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Elizabeth George Speare (1908–1994)

Auteur de The Witch of Blackbird Pond

25+ oeuvres 26,388 utilisateurs 378 critiques 18 Favoris

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Œuvres de Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1958) 11,303 exemplaires, 209 critiques
The Sign of the Beaver (1983) 8,195 exemplaires, 82 critiques
The Bronze Bow (1961) 4,913 exemplaires, 52 critiques
Calico Captive (1957) 1,524 exemplaires, 15 critiques
Life in Colonial America (1963) 85 exemplaires
The Prospering (1967) 21 exemplaires

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Y/A fiction, 18th century Massachusetts à Name that Book (Mai 2013)
fiction set during Jesus' time à Name that Book (Décembre 2010)
The Bronze Bow and bias à Read YA Lit (Novembre 2009)


Beautiful and powerful! I was taken aback by the story and characters!
LaPhenix | 208 autres critiques | Jul 8, 2024 |
A moving re-read, a decade after memorizing portions of the story to perform. My perspective has changed and new elements stood out to me. But it's still interesting historically and culturally, and both inspiring and challenging religiously and personally.
johanna.florez21 | 51 autres critiques | May 27, 2024 |
“Why do they say she’s a witch?” Prudence demanded, as the two walked slowly back along the path. “Because they have never tried to get to know her. People are afraid of things they don’t understand. You won’t be afraid of her now, will you? You will go to see her when you can, even if I’m not there?”

Sixteen year old Kit has lost all of her family in Barbados. Under some vague circumstances, she hastily gets passage in the first available ship to seek out relatives in the colony of Connecticut. Kits rather privileged upbringing causes an immediate clash with her Puritan relatives, and she seeks out the company of a Quaker woman who has been ostracized from the community some people believe she is a witch. Not all people or things are what they initially seem to be in this story though.

This book was written in 1959 and won the Newbery Medal. The writing still holds up well and is equally readable for adults and children.
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Ann_R | 208 autres critiques | May 25, 2024 |
Louisa Knight Review:
Age: 10 - 12
Reading Level: 5th - 7th grades


Children's Bad Words
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 5 Incidents: demmed, golly
Scatological Terms - 2 Incidents: bl**dy (This is used biologically to describe blood flow but has been noted as this word is offensive in some cultures.)

Religious & Supernatural - 3 Incidents: A Native American speaks ritualistically to a fish and later to a bear after he kills them. An Indian Religious story told in response to a Bible story. The Indian says that he goes to find his "manitou," meaning spirit. (Indian coming of age ritual).

Romance Related - 1 Incident: Indians are mentioned a few times as being "half-naked," wearing only breechclothes.

Attitudes/Disobedience - 2 Incidents: A boy lies to a stranger saying his father would be back "anytime now" when in fact his father is away for months. (Lies for safety reasons). "The boy glowered at his grandfather, but he did not dare to speak again. With a black scowl, he stalked out of the cabin." To avoid offending his Indian friend, Matt lies about the character Friday not being a slave to Crusoe when he reads him the story. "When the Indian got that disdainful look in his eyes, Matt hated him." Later in the same paragraph, however, it describes how although they still don't like each other, they are no longer enemies.

Conversation Topics - 5 Incidents: A boy wonders if he actually could shoot a man, "even a criminal". The main characters read Robinson Crusoe together and a section of the story they read says," One of the captives they mercilessly slaughtered. The fire was set blazing for a cannibal feast." A pipe and smoking are mentioned a few times. Racism: "My grandmother hate all white men." His father had always "forbidden him to gamble."

Parent Takeaway
There is some racism throughout the story (from the Indians side), but as the two boys spend a summer together, this is overcome and a close friendship is formed. When winter is setting and it doesn't seem that Matt's father will ever return, the Indians tell Matt they will take care of him, but he must leave with them to a far away land. In the end, Matt decides he can't let his father down but must keep the house and land secure for if/when he does return.
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MamaBearLendingDen | 81 autres critiques | Mar 29, 2024 |


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