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Indian Captive: The Story of Mary Jemison
Indian Captive The Story of Mary Jemison
Author: Lois Lenski
In this classic frontier adventure, Lois Lenski reconstructs the real life story of Mary Jemison, who was captured in a raid as young girl and raised amongst the Seneca Indians. Meticulously researched and illustrated with many detailed drawings, this novel offers an exceptionally vivid and personal portrait of Native American life and customs. ...  more
ISBN-13: 9780064461627
ISBN-10: 0064461629
Publication Date: 1/30/1995
Pages: 320
Reading Level: Young Adult
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3.8 stars, based on 60 ratings
Publisher: HarperTrophy
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Newbery Honor Book! This is a fantastic story by Lois Lenski, writer and illustrater extrordinare. I loved this book, a fictionalized story based on a the true experiences of Mary Jemison, who was abducted by a group of Senecas (Native American tribe, Iroquois) and "adopted." The story real is very interesting and, I felt, eye opening, as it is a view of real life inside of a tribe known for violence, a look at why they do things and the true spirit of the individuals. Absolutly lovely book, and one that I think everyone should read.

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A children's novel based on the true story of Mary Jemison, captured and adopted by Indians in colonial Pennsylvania in 1758. Mary has a difficult time adjusting to a different society, but when she a young woman and is finally given the choice to return to the world of the European colonists, she decides to stay with her adopted people.

A book I read in my childhood and never forgotten.
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I was looking forward to reading this book. I really was. But what could have been a wonderful biography or historical fiction was, instead, an overly simple story that is mainly Mary's interior monologue mixed with a few short bits of her interacting with the Seneca.

Indian Captive was poorly written, with overly simple narration for the intended pre-teen audience, uneven pacing, too much repetition, and awkward dialogue. The story wound on far too long with not enough plot or direction and a very anti-climactic ending. The only thing I really liked was the descriptions of Seneca methods for planting corn, making pots, etc.
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Great historical book.

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