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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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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.