The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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What are three important ways that Kit Tyler changes from the beginning to the end of Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond? 

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a young adult historical novel by Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994) awarded The Newbery Medal in 1959. The story opens in April of 1687 in Puritan New England. The protagonist, sixteen-year-old Katherine “Kit” Taylor, undergoes a great deal of change and maturity as she transitions from her carefree and comfortable life in the English Caribbean colony of Barbados to her new life in a strict Puritan community where both the geographical and cultural climate are shockingly different.

Three important ways in which young Kit changes are as follows: she acquires important adaptation skills, she discovers inner strength and endurance, and she develops a deeper understanding of self that allows her to make the best possible decisions for her future.

Kit develops adaptation skills that enable her survival as a newcomer to Puritan New England, where even a normal and innocent action could be misconstrued as “witchcraft” and cost her her life. An orphan raised...

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