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Calico Captive

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Calico Captive

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Early one morning in 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new...
Early one morning in 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new...
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  • Early one morning in 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War.

    She endures a harrowing march north to what she imagines may be a life of slavery. But when they reach Montreal, a sudden twist of fortune brings Miriam to the acquaintance of the prominent Du Quesne family. The Du Quesnes introduce her to a life of luxury that she never could have imagined, and compel her to the most important decision of her life. Based on the actual narrative diary published in 1907, Calico Captive skillfully re-enacts an absorbing facet of history.

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  • Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994), born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts, earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Boston University, taught high school, married, and raised two children before beginning her career as a writer. Her prize-winning writings for children and young adults are noted for their authentic settings, intriguing plots, and accurate historical details.

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  • AudioFile Magazine Speare re-creates an incident from the French and Indian War. Miriam and her family are captured by Indians and eventually land in Montreal. During this harrowing experience, there are also moments of friendship, peace, and luxury as Miriam encounters a wealthy Canadian family. The constant shifts of locale and situation present narrator Hérbert with an excellent showcase for her range of talents. She dramatically presents many accents (her French is great) and the very different family members, as well as the various reactions to their shared fate. Indian and French words are introduced as the story unfolds. But the very best part is the realistic, almost insider's, view of early American war, class structure, and prejudice. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine
  • AudioFile "The constant shifts of locale and situation present narrator Hébert with an excellent showcase for her range of talents...But the very best part is the realistic, almost insider's, view of early American war, class structure, and prejudice."
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