Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Indian Captive (book review)

Indian Captive is the true story of Mary Jemison, written by Lois Lenski. It takes place during the French and Indian War. Mary Jemison is taken from from her home and her family is tomahawked. The Indians bring her to a Seneca village called "Seneca Town", where she is adopted into a Seneca family. At first Mary is wary of the Indians, but most of them are very kind to her. After a few years, she is given a chance to return to the whites. But her family is dead, and she has come to think of the Indians as her new family. How can she leave them now?

This is a sad but exciting story of hope and friendship. I think anyone who enjoys stories about Native Americans, or history in general, would love this book as I did.

I give it 8 out of 10 stars.

**This book was read for school, not for one of the reading challenges.


Jean said...

I think I read this when I was much, much younger! Your description sounded so very familiar that I checked the publication date. The book was originally published in 1942, so it's quite possible I read it in the early 1960s. I used to imagine what it might have been like in the woods, in a strange culture. I still do sometimes, though now it's not necessarily the woods and history but fantasy or science fiction, instead. Good books never die, do they?

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