Elizabeth George Speare was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. She grew up in New England, and in 1936 married and moved to Connecticut. She 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, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children's literature. She died in 1994.
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