Monday, January 30, 2012

Indian Captive... a book review


Indian Captive is one of my favorite Newbery Honor Awards book especially while studying early American history.  It is a glimpse into the life of the Seneca Indian tribe during the mid to late 1700s. 

In this classic Newbery Honor Award book, Lois Lenski authentically reconstructs the fascinating story of Mary Jemison's capture, flight, and early years with the Seneca Indians. Lenski has brought her special talents for research, for writing, and for drawing to this true American story of a white girl's life among Native Americans.

The real Mary Jemison, at the age of 80, told her memories of her experiences in detail to James Everett Seaver, M.D., and the book was first published at Canandaigua, NY in 1824.  She was one of a few Indian captives who refused to return to the "pale face" world.  Mary Jemison, aka 'Little-Woman-of-Great-Courage,' lived to be 91 and was buried in the Seneca churchyard at South Buffalo, and later re-buried at Letchworth Park in her beloved Genesee Valley.  Her descendants still live on the Indian reservations in western New York.

Click HERE for more information on Indian Captive and Lois Lenski.

I received a complimentary copy of Indian Captive from Open Road Media and NetGalley for my honest review.




  1. Ellen my oldest daughter would love this book. I am sending this post to her! Thanks, Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  2. Great book choice!
    I'm stopping by from the Tuesday Hop.
    Have a great day!

  3. As a Canadian, we don't get to learn a lot of American history, aside from tv and movies. This sounds like a very interesting book to read and get a taste of your countries history. As a fellow home schooler, I'm always on the look out for anything the kids can learn from without it feeling like they are being 'schooled'! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just chanced upon your blog and enjoyed looking through the posts. Will definitely keep my eyes open for Indian Captive.

  5. I think I need to pass this review on to my sweet Native American niece who was named after me! Enjoyed the review.

  6. Mary's story is fascinating. Thanks for bringing it to mind today.


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