Elizabeth George Speare

Elizabeth George Speare was born in Melrose Massachusetts on November 21, 1908. She lived in New England all her life.  A graduate of Boston University, she always wanted to write, but  didn’t start till her two children were in junior high school. Elizabeth George Speare 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 for The Sign of the Beaver, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children’s literature. She passed away in 1994.

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Author: Elizabeth George Speare | Narrator: Mary Beth Hurt
Release Date: December 11, 2007
Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely.


Author: Elizabeth George Speare | Narrator: Greg Schaffert
Release Date: April 27, 2004
Twelve-year-old Matt is left on his own in the Maine wilderness while his father leaves to bring the rest of the family to their new settlement. When he befriends Attean, an Indian chief’s grandson, he is invited to join the Beaver tribe and move north.