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Free ↠ Calico Captive By Elizabeth George Speare – ❰Epub❯ ➞ Calico Captive Author Elizabeth George Speare – In the year 1754 the stillness of Charlestown New Hampshire is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid Young Miriam Willard on a day that had promised new happiness finds herself instead a In the year the stillness of Charlestown New Hampshire is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid Young Miriam Willard on a day that 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 It is a harrowing march north Miriam can only force herself to the next stopping place the next small portion of food the next icy stream to be crossed At the end of the trail waits a life of hard work and perhaps even a life of slavery Mingled with her thoughts of Phineas Whitney her sweetheart on his way to Harvard is the crying of her sister’s baby Captive born on the trail Miriam and her companions finally reach Montreal a city of shifting loyalties filled with the intrigue of war and here by a sudden twist of fortune Miriam meets the prominent Du uesne family who introduce her to a life she has never imagined Based on an actual narrative diary published in Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an absorbing facet of history.

10 thoughts on “Calico Captive

  1. Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽ says:

    Elizabeth George Speare is best known as the author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond winner of the 1959 Newbury medal and a long time favorite comfort read of mine but I've never read any of her other books But a few weeks ago one of my friends Carol Storm strongly recommended Calico Captive in her GR review so I decided to grab it at the library and give it a read Calico Captive is a fictionalized version of a few years in the life of Miriam Willard a teenage girl who is kidnapped from her home in Charleston New Hampshire by the Abenaki Indians in 1754 along with her very pregnant sister Susanna Johnson Susanna's husband James and their three young children two year old Polly four year old Susanna and six year old Sylvanus The Abenakis take them on a harrowing march northward Susanna gives birth on the march and in what I can only assume is a fit of despair names her baby daughter Captive They end up staying several months in the Indians' village and are semi adopted into the tribe Little Sylvanus especially takes to the Abenaki lifestyle like a duck to water enthusiastically learning to hunt and speak their languageHowever when Miriam rejects the romantic overtures of a chief's son the Indians sell most of the group except Sylvanus Susanna and baby Captive to the French in uebec as servantsslaves Miriam's nieces are adopted by different French families and Miriam tries to make a new life for herself as a servantview spoiler then as a guest of a wealthy family then as a seamstress hide spoiler

  2. Lars Guthrie Lars Guthrie says:

    There's a good reason why 'Sign of the Beaver' and 'The Witch of Blackbird Pond' are so freuently assigned over assigned in elementary school Historical fiction is a staple of language arts classes Elizabeth George Speare is at the top of the field Besides teachers finding merit in the two books kids go for themWhich makes it all the shameful that Speare's two other novels in print anyway are virtually ignored I read 'The Bronze Bow' a few years ago and thought it was unbelievably great I mean it did win the Newbery and recently than 'Witch' Yet I haven't met anyone who's read it except me Because it's got Jesus mostly peripherally in it? Now I can report that 'Calico Captive' is just as noteworthy notwithstanding the lack of a Newbery A meticulous researcher who captures period colors sounds even smells George never fails to present vibrant characters dealing with issues not unlike those young people confront today as well as deliver exciting stories filled with actionFor 'Captive' George takes off from a first person real life account of four years spent as a hostage and a slave in the time of the French and American War In the 'Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs Johnson' Susanna Johnson tells of her family's kidnapping by Abenaki Indians in New Hampshire their forced march north their sale to residents of Montreal and their eventual return to New England in a prisoner exchange George makes Susanna's younger sister Miriam Willard the protagonist of her tale More headstrong and impetuous than her practical sister Miriam prejudges Indians and French then finds herself uestioning those prejudices Because of her talents as a dress designer she mingles with Montreal's elite and struggles to match her Puritan upbringing with a society invested in 'popery' and conuering English colonists And she searches for true love Highly recommended

  3. Wendy Wendy says:

    Problematic portrayal of American Indians though it seems uite in keeping with the real feelings of the captives based on the historical narrative for what that's worth I read this over and over as a child especially savoring the descriptions of life in Montreal the dishes the furniture the food the hot chocolate and especially the clothes I really didn't understand at age 10 why SPOILER Miriam wouldn't want to marry Pierre and stay at home in a fine Montreal mansion while he explored western rivers It sounded good to ME

  4. Hannah Hannah says:

    Disclaimer on the rating this reflects my love for the story as a child Here is a link to another person's review that shows the issues with accuracyhttpswwwgoodreadscomreviewshow

  5. Deborah Markus Deborah Markus says:

    Welcome to another episode of Deborah's Library Book Is Overdue Today's special guest is a YA novel by Elizabeth George Speare author of the modern classic The Witch of Blackbird Pond Although Deborah read this book in a couple of hours and her library now allows her to renew books twice provided no one has placed a hold on the title she still managed to put off reviewing it long enough to rack up some minor but humiliating fees Deborah also deserves some public mocking for the fact that when she noticed the book was due on December 26 she immediately concocted and believed a charming fantasy of lolling around with a cup of eggnog while she typed up a review on the day after Christmas because of course she'd have nothing better to do that day Please laugh hard enough at her that she can hear you without even opening her window Thanks folks And now the book Calico Captive is a YA novel based on the story told in the 1754 memoir Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs Johnson I was lucky enough to find a copy of that narrative and so was able to see how much truth had slipped into the novel uite a bit as it happens This review will focus on pointing out the nonfiction that can be found in the fiction I hope this will be fun for people who've already read the book and like me always wondered how much of it was factually accurate For readers unfamiliar with the novel it's a well written historical YA novel that contains a minimum of mushy romance though there's just enough love interest to keep things interesting If you liked Witch of Blackbird Pond you'll enjoy this though the main character's loathing of Native Americans is cringe inducing at times It's historically accurate but pretty sad that this character doesn't change her mind any even when a white guy tries to explain some basic they were here first moralitySpeare wisely chooses to make Mrs Johnson's younger sister Miriam Willard her protagonist Miriam isn't described in too much detail in the memoir so Speare has some room to play Also Susanna Johnson is an intelligent deeply pious extremely narrow minded New England matron whose abhorrence and distrust of Native Americans is second only to her loathing of the French It's a close race by the way She makes it clear in her memoir that she doesn't consider either group to be fully human Young readers wouldn't find much to relate to in this upright Puritan ladyBut Miriam while sharing most of her sister's sentiments is young – only fourteen years old when the story begins – and therefore sympathetic and interesting to teenage readers She's in the middle of her very first crush when Abenakis raid her home in Charlestown New Hampshire She and Susanna are taken prisoner along with Susanna's husband and children They are brought to an Abenaki village the whites called St Francis and eventually sent to Canada to wait to be ransomed or exchanged for French prisonersAll of this really happened And in both novel and memoir Susanna is heavily pregnant when their captivity begins However there was no debate among their captors as to whether the prisoners would be murdered or taken back with the Abenakis as valuable hostages Speare invented this for dramatic tension although it's a fairly accurate representation of the idea whites held that Indians were unpredictably violent savagesSusanna does indeed lose her shoe as the family is hurried along and the captives worry that her inability to travel very uickly will endanger all their lives Speare sticks close to her source material all through Miriam's journey with her family to St Francis One detail I found interesting was that in the novel Susanna gives birth to a baby during this forced march and names her Captive In real life the baby was named Elizabeth Captive Both the memoir and the novel mention that the baby nearly drowns while the captives ford a stream In the novel Miriam is a crucial participant in a dramatic rescue; in the memoir it's a male neighbor who'd been taken captive in the same raid who saves the baby's lifeRather to my surprise the young Native American man who teases Miriam on their journey is also straight from the memoir He feels like a character invented solely for a potential love triangle and in fact Speare offers a bit of romantic drama from him that's crucial to the plot but entirely fictional But there really was such a teenaged Abenaki described by Susanna as a youth of sixteen who in our journey discovered revealed a very mischievous and troublesome disposition She adds that he often delighted himself by tormenting my sister Miriam by pulling her hair treading on her gown and numerous other boyish pranks Times change; people don'tCertainly teenagers don't In the novel Miriam doesn't see her sister Susanna's patience and strength; she only feels a bitter frustration that Susanna keeps slowing them down first when she's heavily pregnant and then as she struggles to recover from giving birth Apparently this is an accurate representation of Miriam's feelings as this line from Susanna's memoir makes clear My sister observed that if I could have been left behind our trouble would have been seemingly nothing Once the captives reach St Francis and then white Canada Speare drifts from her source material in order to introduce the obligatory love triangle and a rags to riches to rags to freedom story based entirely on a single sentence from the captivity narrative Miriam had supported herself by her needle in the family of the lieutenant governor where she was treated extremely wellSusanna Johnson's captivity narrative is available online fer free; so if you read Calico Captive you can then read the real story for yourself right here

  6. Laura Laura says:

    Such a romantic book I first read it in Junior High and I liked it as well the second time I read it twenty years later For those of you who love historical romantic fiction that's wholesome it doesn't get much better

  7. Sarah Brazytis Sarah Brazytis says:

    The first time I read this book I liked it fairly well My only problem with it was the fact that the climax of the book seemed to be the moment when Miriam view spoiler by dancing the minuet in calico hide spoiler

  8. booklady booklady says:

    Calico Captive is the fictionalized version of A Narrative Of The Captivity Of Mrs Johnson told from the perspective of Susannah Johnson’s younger by ten years sister Miriam As would be expected with any captivity story it’s fascinating fast paced and hard to put down The author does an excellent job of portraying a young woman confronting the competing dangers of trying to stay alive keep family together and maintain cherishes values amidst the perplexities of multi cultures English French Indian and colonial divergent religious beliefs against the backdrop of constantly changing fortunes Highly recommended for young—and slightly older—readers

  9. Carol Storm Carol Storm says:

    This Fifties classic is one of the greatest YA novels ever written in some ways it's even better than THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD PONDElizabeth George Speare had a very special gift She was able to create teen heroines who were strong self reliant and independent but always with a soft spot for a cute boy She was able to use all of the danger and intrigue of the past witch trials in Puritan New England terrifying Indian raids on the frontier as a backdrop for the heroine's romantic adventures in a way that made every page seem to turn by itself More than that there was always a sort of hard to define sweetness to her stories an innocence as if you always knew somehow that the heroine would triumph in the end that there was goodness in even the darkest places That plus the fact that she could make a girl gulping down a mug of hot chocolate under the knowing eyes of a handsome young French adventurer seem steamier than the hottest sex

  10. Luisa Knight Luisa Knight says:

    CleanlinessSexual ContentLust 4 Incidents “A man looks boldly at a girl in a way that was disturbing” Some girls tease about liking and marrying certain guys A girl is envious of another girl having a dance partner to take her to the ball A girl notices how a young man looks at her and makes her uncomfortableSexual Miscellaneous 14 Incidents There are a few dances in the book A girl undresses for the night “Two of the savages dragging a shrinking and almost naked Susanna” At night “Miriam was forced to lie down between two Indians a heavy cord thrown over her body and held securely under theirs” A woman gives birth not detailed Mentions often that Indians are half naked shirtless “If they expect me to undress while they all stand and watch me and laugh at me they can wait all night” “I marry Pierre have French babies” A girl’s clothes were ripped exposing her shoulder Two ladies wear dresses that are “scandalous low” A young man compliments a girl and touches her curls A girl spends time with a young man and he touches her elbow and holds her hand while walking That night she thinks about him and another guy she likes A girl receives a letter from a boy she likes and he makes it understood that he really likes her The girl thinks on this A young man proposes to and kisses a girlProfanityMild Obscenities Substitutions 1 Incident dratScatological Terms 1 Incident Bldy as in lots of bloodReligious Profanities 9 Incidents when heaven only knew God forgive me praise be goodness no thank goodness good heavens by all the saints oh God in heavenDerogatory Terms 1 Incident old hagConversation Topics 4 Incidents A pipe is smoked Catholicism is discussed Although a girl is not catholic she wonders if it is so wrong Card games and dice are mentioned Wine is mentioned and a character gets drunkLike my reviews? Then you should follow me Because I have hundreds just like this one With each review I provide a Cleanliness Report mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents andor conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying especially when you’re 100 pages in so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words to romance to bad attitudes in children’s books I cover it all

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