Elizabeth George Speare

1908 - 1994

(1989 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award)


The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award was first given to its namesake in 1954 by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. The award, a bronze medal, honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. Between 1960 and 1980, the Wilder Award was given every five years. From 1980 to 2001, it was awarded every three years. Beginning in 2001, it has been awarded every two years. The award information was retrieved from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award website. The call numbers for the books owned by the Kathryn A. Martin Library are provided after the citation.


Speare, Elizabeth George. (1961). The bronze bow. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC S7412BR

When the Romans brutally kill Daniel bar Jamin’s father, the young Palestinian searches for a leader to drive them out, but comes to realize that love may be a more powerful weapon than hate.

Speare, Elizabeth George. (1957). Calico Captive. (Illustrated by W. T. Mars). Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC S7412CA

Miriam Willard and her family are taken captive by Indians from their Vermont settlement and brought to Montreal as prisoners at the beginning of the French and Indian War.

Speare, Elizabeth George. (1963). Life in colonial America. New York : Random House, Inc. 917.3 S741L

Shows how Americans lived from the first settlements at Jamestown down to the Revolution.

Speare, Elizabeth George. (1983). The sign of the beaver. Boston : Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC S7412SI

Left alone to guard the family’s wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills.

Speare, Elizabeth George. (1958). The witch of Blackbird Pond. Boston, Houghton Mifflin. INTR-FIC S7412WI

In 1687 in Connecticut, Kit Tyler, feeling out of place in the Puritan household of her aunt, befriends an old woman considered a witch by the community and suddenly finds herself standing trial for witchcraft.

Author Information

Apseloff, Marilyn. (1991). Elizabeth George Speare. New York, N.Y. : Twayne ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International. PS3569.P396 Z65 1991 

Speare, Elizabeth George 1908 -1994. (1996). In Something about the author (Vol. 83, pp. 195-196). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Speare, Elizabeth George 1908 - . (1999). In Something about the author (Vol. 62, pp. 163-168). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009

Speare, Elizabeth George 1908 -. (1971). In Something about the author (Vol. 5, pp. 176-179). Detroit: Gale. Ref PN 451 .S6 & Online V. 1 - 189, 1971- 2009


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