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Gr 5-8-In 1755, Mary Draper Ingles, her two sons, and her sister-in-law were taken from their Shenandoah Valley home by a band of Shawnee Indians. Ingles was expecting her third child at the time of her capture. Her mother and her sister-in-law's baby were murdered in the raid. Furbee begins with the Draper family's move to this largely unsettled area. Some of the hardships and setbacks endured over time, Mary's eventual marriage to Will Ingles, and the political climate that helped shape their experience are described. Then comes the raid that led to her capture, her time in captivity, her daring escape, and her 800-mile journey back home. Some of the reasons for the conflicts between the Native Americans and the white settlers are also presented. The workmanlike text tries hard to avoid biased language, although Furbee does not shrink from reflecting the attitudes toward Native Americans held by Ingles, her family, and friends. Fairly gruesome events are described, but they are neither sensationalized nor glossed over. The narrative does present the subject's feelings and thoughts from time to time, but conversations are held to a minimum and the effect is to lend texture to what might have otherwise been a rather dry text. The result is both a readable biography of a daring frontier woman and a snapshot of life in pre-Revolutionary America. It's not an essential purchase, but collections needing biographies of women pioneers or stories of Colonial America might consider it.

Linda Greengrass, Bank Street College Library, New York City

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 5-8. Mary's Scotch-Irish family heads to western Virginia in 1745, looking for opportunity. Skirmishes with Native Americans erupt as more and more settlers push west, and the thought of violence is never far from the family as it struggles to build a new life in the wilderness. Tragedy strikes when Mary is a young mother, pregnant with her third child. Shawnee creep into the homestead, murder Mary's mother and infant niece, and haul off the survivors into captivity. Terrified for herself and small sons, Mary grimly endures the ordeal, which takes her hundreds of miles from home. In a moment of desperation while living with the Shawnee, after being separated from her sons, Mary slips away. She leaves her newborn daughter behind and begins, with another woman captive, the agonizing journey home. The travelers nearly starve during the trek but, amazingly, reach their destination alive. Furbee liberally assigns motives to the captors at times, but the lively narrative of this high-action true tale flows from page one and will capture interest. Illustrated with black-and-white sketches and maps; a bibliography is appended. Anne O'Malley
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Quarrier Press (January 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891852299
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891852299
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #500,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Ingles was courageous! I read it in one night and I'm going to read it again. I'd read about Mary Ingles in the book Follow the River, but I didn't know she lived in Lancaster or that her parents were Scotch Irish. This book tells about her whole life including escape from the Indians. That's the most exciting part though when she hikes 800 miles through rivers and mountains to get home and see her family. I think this is a very good book so I gave it five stars!
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Shawnee Captive is a short novel that has enough verifiable historical research to give an outline to the under-written time period just before the French and Indian War. When the town of Staunton was mentioned early on, I figured that must have been a slip. Indeed, however, Staunton may have been the town's name as early as 1747. The names ring true with historical record and one of the most important facets of historic fiction or historic nonfiction is erasing all history that has happened since the time period being recorded. There is no anachronism here. I understand the author died in 2004, but she should be applauded for her attention to historic record in this novel.

As for the plot, the book is about 100 pages in large font. There are no extraneous details and outside character development. This is a fast paced narrative that goes the speed of migration, marriage, kidnap, forced march, and escape. The ethos is not part of the story. Although the Shawnees were kind enough to surprise their captives with mercy, this is not Dances with Wolves. The Indian Culture is as far away from cohabitation with whites as Indian Culture is geographically, and when Draper was kidnapped with her children, they were moved approximately 800 miles away from their Augusta County settlement.

Read this. Even if you don't like it or it does not suit your needs, it only takes a couple of hours at the most.
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I purchased this book knowing it was written for adolescents. It is a quick read and serves the purpose for how it was written. If you want a more detailed account, get James Alexander Thom's book, "Follow the River".
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This is the true story of a really amazing frontier women who has inspired me to never give up! I now live in the area in which she speaks, an almost impossible adventure, a great example of determination and love for family. I plan to share this story with friends & family.
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