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Elizabeth George Speare
"I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home. Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long... show more
"I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home. Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest. But the years seemed to go by very quickly. In 1936 I married Alden Speare and came to Connecticut. Not till both children were in junior high did I find time at last to sit down quietly with a pencil and paper. I turned naturally to the things which had filled my days and thoughts and began to write magazine articles about family living. Then one day I stumbled on a true story from New England history with a character who seemed to me an ideal heroine. Though I had my first historical novel almost by accident it soon proved to be an absorbing hobby." Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994) won the 1959 Newbery Medal for THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, and the 1962 Newbery Medal for THE BRONZE BOW. She also received a Newbery Honor Award in 1983, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children's literature.
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Birth date: November 21, 1908
Died: November 15, 1994
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 4 weeks ago
I was not expecting to find such a flawed, three-dimensional cast and a sad grim tone in a short, children's book. I don't know why, really, since I've come across both of those separately often enough in them (Dark Materials, Little Princess) paired with the big questions too. Specially given the f...
Mrs. Claus' Tea Shop
Mrs. Claus' Tea Shop rated it 2 years ago
Fills in the Set in New England square I liked the story but hated the heroine, Kit. So many problems with her: impulsive, quick to anger, not smart enough to observe the new culture around her so that she could blend in, but the big one for me was her sense of entitlement which lead to more than ...
BagEndBooks
BagEndBooks rated it 2 years ago
I loved this book the first time I read it, and all the times I've reread it have not dimmed my opinion of it.
Obsidian Blue
Obsidian Blue rated it 2 years ago
Now I recall why I wasn't a huge fan of his book while I was a kid. Between the main character lamenting every single moment that she's being worked like a slave and the Puritans sounding scarily familiar about people being evil if they don't worship as they do, I was over this book almost as soon a...
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality!
Reading is my ESCAPE from Reality! rated it 2 years ago
There was something strange about this country of America, something that they all seemed to share and understand and she did not. - Chapter 1 Before Kit's eyes a miracle took place, for which she was totally unprepared... No one had ever told her about autumn in New England. The excitement of it ...
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