January 10, 2011
January 10, 2011
Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Award–winning novel portrays a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.
Set in 1687 in the small Connecticut colony of Wethersfield, this masterpiece of historical fiction elegantly conveys the social conventions of Puritan life in the American colonies. Katherine "Kit" Tyler, a 16-year-old orphan who was raised by her wealthy grandfather in Barbados, books passage on a ship bound for America after his death. There, she is taken in by her only living relatives--Puritan Aunt Rachel and her family. Used to a very open household, the independent Kit tries to adapt to the Puritan lifestyle, but she finds herself unable to completely accept, or even understand, the conventions of her new surroundings. Kit finds some comfort when she befriends Hannah Tupper, an elderly widow who lives alone on the outskirts of town. Hannah, however, is believed by many to be a witch--and Kit's friendship with her ultimately puts both of them in grave danger. Throughout the course of her captivating story, author Elizabeth George Speare seamlessly weaves in details about life in colonial America, touching on and explaining such subjects as religion, the roles of women, courtship rituals, and even candle making. Winner of the 1959 Newbery Medal.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Sub-Genre: Classics, General, Historical / USA/Colonial + Revolutionary Periods, Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic
- Genre: Juvenile Fiction
- Subgenre: Science Fiction + Fantasy + Magic, Historical / USA/Colonial + Revolutionary Periods, General, Classics
- Age: 9-12 years
- Edition: Reissue
- Language: English
- Release Date: January 10, 2011
- Author: Elizabeth George Speare
- Newbery Medal , Children's , 1959
- Online Item #: 13116944
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 059-13-0976
- ISBN: 9780547550299
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported