Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)

by Mary Pope Osborne

Hardcover, 1998


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J DA 1763 PA


Scholastic Inc. (1998), Hardcover, 186 pages


A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

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LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
One of the Dear America books, Standing in the Light is written as the diary of a young Quaker girl in 1763 Pennsylvania. After a few entries setting up her life as a settler in the Delaware valley, she and her brother are captured on the way to school by Lenape Indians. She is inducted into the
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tribe as a replacement for an Indian girl who was killed by measles and the entries detail her adaption to a new way of life. It's a nice enough book, though Lois Lenski's Indian Captive blows it out of the water as far as quality is concerned. Whereas Indian Captive entranced me, with this book I was always aware that I was reading a dramatization, a collection of true events that happened to a variety of people. Standing in the Light is worth checking out, but only as an introduction to this particular aspect of Native-Colonist relations. I think the real historical accounts would be much more interesting.
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LibraryThing member mlcraft
This is the story of a quaker girl who refects on the experiences she faced growing up in the Delaware River Valley in Pennsylvania and her capture by the Indians in 1763. The style of writing was that of a diary and connects the reader to times throughout our history. It is a great read for 4-6th
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graders that allows them to see what living in the past was like for different people.
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LibraryThing member MonicaMusik
I started reading the Dear America series when I was really young and I always remembered this particular book because it seemed so different from the others. The main character is a Christian who is kidnapped by Indians and forced to adapt to their way of life. I won't give away the entire story
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but the ending was certainly different from what I expected.
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LibraryThing member Shardy2
I thought this book was okay. Although I did not really like it, the author did do a god job describing the setting and the characters emotions throughout the text. The reason I did not like the book was because the books plot was very dry. When I say dry, I mean that the book just felt as if I was
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reading pages with words on them. There were no exciting twists or events that got me engaged. Catharines diary logs were very short and broad which I didn't like.
The author did do a good job of showing Catharines emotions through descriptions in the text. The reader could see that Catharine was confused and scared because she couldn't understand the language or customs of the indians very well. The reader sees Catharine portray a different emotion within the text when she starts to adapt to her new life. The reader can start to see Catharine become a little more comfortable with her new life.
The main message in this book is determination. Catharine never lets go of her determination to find her brother (in the beginning of the book) and to continue to look out for him. She is also always determined to survive and eventually/hopefully find her way back to her family.
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LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I don't remember much of these books as individual books, but I remember reading them all as a young, avid reader. I think that ultimately these books are the reason why I love historical fiction novels so much. They all did such a great job of taking me to a different time and place and making it
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come alive, seeing the world through an older, historical lens. I highly recommend any of the Dear America books to younger readers who love history and need to get hooked on reading!
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LibraryThing member Keiffer
"You preach love while all the time you think you are better than all people." "Standing in the Light The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan," by Mary Pope Osborne tells the sad diary of a young girl and her brother's experience as a captive of a Native American Tribe. Catherine begins to date
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her diary entries up until January 7, 1764 when she and her brother Tomas were captured while on their way to school. The children were captured as revenge on the white people after they massacre in Lancaster. Catherine's diary entries remained undated until she was captured back by the White Man on October 20, 1764. By then when she is reunited with her family, the damage had been done. She is unsure where she belongs for her heart lies with both her family or her family that captured her.
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Physical description

186 p.; 5.43 x 0.67 inches


0590134620 / 9780590134620



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