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Ransom's Mark: A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman (Daughters of the Faith Series) Paperback – June 1, 2003


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Series: Daughters of the Faith Series
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802436382
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802436382
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"... invigorating blend of historical information and imaginative writing...remarkable facility for conveying contradictory emotions, thoughts, motives of the pioneers." -- Publisher's Weekly, June 30, 2003

From the Author

Ransom's Mark is another story of a real girl who made a difference. Author Wendy Lawton grew up fascinated by history. She craved stories about girls like herself, but was disappointed to find that historical accounts of children were rare. When she found a child story it was usually about a courageous boy.

This series— for girls in the 8 - 12 year old middle grades— offers those rare stories with characters who are real— just what girls love. Daughters of the Faith are true-life heroes who range in age from the mature ten-year-old Mary Bunyan to 14-year-old Olive Oatman.


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This was an excellent historical novel for young readers that brought to life the true story of Olive Oatman.
Rebecca Herman
I would recommend this book for everyone 10 and up, I think this would be a good book for girls especially ones that like to read the story is one you wish was longer.
Aliqat
The author complements her historical scenes with a glossary that further acquaints the reader with the vocabulary of the time.
Diane H. Pitts

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
Olive Oatman is thirteen years old in the fall of 1850 when her father decides the family will leave their Illinois farm and go west to California. Olive, her parents, and her six siblings join a wagon train west, but have trouble from the start. Their leader turns out to be unreliable, and changes their destination. The wagon train splits several times, until the Oatmans eventually end up on their own in dangerous Indian territory, because her father is unwilling to wait at the safety of a village for another wagon train to join. Olive fears the worst will happen, and she is right. Renegade Indians attack the Oatmans and massacre most of the family, sparing only Olive and her seven-year-old sister, Mary Ann, who they take captive. Olive struggles to keep up hope during her captivity and to adjust to her difficult new life, all the while trying her best to protect frail Mary Ann.

This was an excellent historical novel for young readers that brought to life the true story of Olive Oatman. Readers who enjoy historical fiction, particularly those who have an interest in this time period or in Indian captive stories, are sure to enjoy this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donita K. Paul on November 5, 2003
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This story is filled with details about pioneers, Indians, and the geography of the land and yet it doesn't overbalance the tale of young Olive. This is so well written the reader doesn't realize all the information the writer is pouring into her head. I was so caught up in the story that I found myself crying through the last pages. It is rare that I find a book I like so much. It is going on my gift list for all birthdays and holidays this upcoming year. I have lots of young friends to share this with.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diane H. Pitts on October 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
The reading horizon just got brighter because Wendy Lawton has brought history to light again. In �Ranson�s Mark� author Wendy Lawton adds to her �Daughters of the Faith� Series by illuminating the life of Olive Oatman, pioneer of the 1850s.
Olive Oatman at thirteen embodied the strength and perseverance needed for days of the Santa Fe Trail. Driven by elusive dreams, men left it all and placed families at the mercy of the elements as well as renegade Indian tribes just to gain gold and adventure. Olive Oatman was a member of one such family. �Ransom�s Mark� is a vivid portrayal of poor choices and God�s ability to use whomever He chooses to redeem the consequences.
Lawton�s writing is defined by careful research, strong story line, and vivid snapshots. The author complements her historical scenes with a glossary that further acquaints the reader with the vocabulary of the time. Olive Oatman�s legacy breathes again under the influence of Wendy Lawton�s pen.
One cannot refuse this writing. Handing the reader a strong but rich cup of coffee, Lawton encourages you to linger for another long sip. Savor �Ransom�s Mark,� another unforgettable drink from the cup of history and �Daughters of the Faith� Series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Artist & Author on December 21, 2010
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The information in this book is interesting and well-written. Although it could be classed as 'historical fiction,' it is factually much more accurate than most juvenile historical fiction. I guess the events were exciting enough to not need to embellish it any.

Since this is part of a 'Christian' series, I would suggest that readers go beyond just this book. For example, in the book actually written by Olive Oatman (with Royal B. Stanton), one part that will likely have small tears coming is her description of little Mary Ann's death by starvation. I believe that everyone is given a 'mission' by God to complete in his or her life, and when that mission is accomplished, He takes them Home. Mary Ann's passing was so different, so glorious, compared to that of the other children in the village, also dying of starvation, that she fascinated the Mojave Indians. As she approached death, she clearly sang the Sabbath songs she'd learned before her trip. It was so beautiful the natives became captivated by what It was that gave her such peace, even joy, as the approach of death. One could say that her little face shown, reflecting the love of Jesus to those heathen people. This is touched upon in this book, but much more beautiful in the original. Mary Ann was always a delightful little girl (learning to read by the age of four; reading the Bible through before she turned six), even to many of the Indians (the chief's wife even took their seed corn to try to save her) that it is clear her whole life was meant to exemplify the Light of Jesus to those people.

But, it is listed as a children's book (ages 9-12). The print is so small that my pre-teen grandchildren's eyes just glaze over at the thought of reading it. A high school teen might read it, but it is simply not printed for young readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Antoinette Winder on August 28, 2003
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Wendy Lawton's ability to paint vivid pictures with words is a rare ability and this is Wendy's best example so far. I have read 3 of the 4 books written by Ms. Lawton. Ransom's Mark is easy to read and interesting. Wendy's writing keeps adults and children alike interested in the story. After reading this book I wanted to do more research into Olive Oatman's life. Like Wendy's other books this one paints a picture of herstory(women in history) not often covered in the classroom.
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