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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

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Does Mercy have polio?


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We aren't told.
She could have. Polio existed at that time, but wasn't yet identified as such, so even if she had it, they wouldn't have identified it as such. (The book is set before the disease was well known as what it is.)

She also could have had other illnesses.

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