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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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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. 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.
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.
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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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. Enjoy!Published 21 months ago by Aliqat
What an interesting story. There is a character on AMC's Hell on wheels named Olive and has the tattoo too.Published on June 24, 2013 by The Loyal Texan
The story kept me reading on and on and I was in tears for what they had to go through on their journey. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by DIane
Title: RANSOM'S MARK
Author: Wendy Lawton
Reviewer: Peggy Phifer
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 0-8024-3638-2 / [money amount]
Genre: Children/Youth... Read more