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Calico Captive

release date: Oct 29, 2001
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Calico Captive
From a Newbery Medal–winning author, an “exciting novel” about a colonial girl’s experience during the French and Indian War (Saturday Review). In the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day that had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War. It is a harrowing march north. Miriam can only force herself to the next stopping place, the next small portion of food, the next icy stream to be crossed. At the end of the trail waits a life of hard work and, perhaps, even a life of slavery. Mingled with her thoughts of Phineas Whitney, her sweetheart on his way to Harvard, is the crying of her sister’s baby, Captive, born on the trail. Miriam and her companions finally reach Montreal, a city of shifting loyalties filled with the intrigue of war, and here, by a sudden twist of fortune, Miriam meets the prominent Du Quesne family, who introduce her to a life she has never imagined. Based on an actual narrative diary published in 1807, Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an absorbing facet of history. “Vital and vivid, this short novel based on the actual captivity of a pre-Revolutionary girl of Charlestown, New Hampshire, presents American history with force and verve.” —Kirkus Reviews

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Sixteen-year-old Kit Tyler is marked by suspicion and disapproval from the moment she arrives on the unfamiliar shores of colonial Connecticut in 1687. Alone and desperate, she has been forced to leave her beloved home on the island of Barbados and join a family she has never met. Torn between her quest for belonging and her desire to be true to herself, Kit struggles to survive in a hostile place. Just when it seems she must give up, she finds a kindred spirit. But Kit’s friendship with Hannah Tupper, believed by the colonists to be a witch, proves more taboo than she could have imagined and ultimately forces Kit to choose between her heart and her duty. Elizabeth George Speare won the 1959 Newbery Medal for this portrayal of a heroine whom readers will admire for her unwavering sense of truth as well as her infinite capacity to love.

The Bronze Bow

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The Bronze Bow
A boy learns acceptance and love as his hate for the Romans, who killed his parents, dissolves.

Sign of the Beaver

release date: Aug 01, 2011
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Sign of the Beaver
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in 18th-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

The Sign of the Beaver

release date: Apr 27, 1983
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The Sign of the Beaver
A 1984 Newbery Honor Book Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier. Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac.

The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare

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release date: Jan 01, 1994
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The Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

release date: Jan 01, 1993
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
In 1687, Kit Tyler moves from the Caribbean to Connecticut Colony. Her friendship for a strange, old woman leads to her trial for witchcraft.

A Literature Kit for The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare

release date: Jan 01, 2006
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A Literature Kit for The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
A Literature Kit. A story of wilderness survival in 18th Century Maine about a young boy who is caught between two worlds. Shortly after Matt and his father finish building a cabin on their new settlement, Matt finds himself alone in the Maine wilderness with his nearest neighbor several miles away. With his father returning to civilization to get their family, Matts adventures begin. Matt is stung nearly to death by a swarm of bees, but manages to survive with the help of two local Natives, Attean and his grandfather, Saknis. As the summer progresses, the two boys have a number of adventures together, including killing an angry bear. In autumn, Matt is rejoined with his parents just after the snow flies.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Novel Units Teacher Guide

release date: Jul 15, 2019
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Novel Units Teacher Guide
Describes suggested activities to accompany the reading of The witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

release date: Sep 01, 1996
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
In 1687 a young girl from Barbados visits her puritan relatives in Connecticut and becomes the suspect in a witch hunt.
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