Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908, in Melrose, Massachusetts. Growing up, she spent many summers playing alone on the New England shore. She told herself stories to keep amused, and began writing at age eight.

She earned a degree, taught high school English, raised a family, and only then was able to find adequate time to write the books she'd been percolating for decades.

Speare died on November 15, 1994.


"Fiction is the textbook for the heart."


The Bronze Bow (1962 Newbery Award)

Calico Captive

The Sign of the Beaver

The Witch of Blackbird Pond (1959 Newbery Award)

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