Thursday, November 10, 2016

Abbott, E.F. Mary Jemison, Native American Captive.

Abbott, E.F.  Mary Jemison, Native American Captive.  Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends    2016  213p  $15.99  ISBN 978-1-250-06838-5  ms/jr    Historical fiction  VG-BN    

When her family is attacked by Indians during the French and Indian War, 15-year-old Mary Jemison is captured and taken west. At Fort Duquesne she is traded to two Seneca sisters. She is adopted as a sister and slowly acclimates to tribal life.  She marries and has a son, and after four years she is given the opportunity to return to the whites.  She chooses to remain Indian. In the last chapter, her last 50 years are covered. There is a glossary of Seneca words and other terms used in the story. This is based on a true story.
Comparing this title to Lois Lenski’s Newbery Honor book, it targets a slightly older audience.  It also approaches the story more from the native side. Names are given in the Seneca language, and more seems to be told of the daily life and culture of the Seneca. The map of the area is not as good, but it does give a thorough picture of Indian life of the time. Students would get a more complete picture by reading both titles. 

Summary: This is the story of Mary Jemison, who was captured and adopted by Indians during the French and Indian War.  After four years as a Seneca Indian, she is offered the opportunity to return to the white world.  It is based on a true story.            

Mary Jemison                                          --Joan Theal

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