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Cooney, Caroline B.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2001.
IL 3-6. RL 5.1
ISBN 0385326157
"Deerfield, Massachusetts, February 28, 1704.  Temperature 10 degrees below zero.  Dear Lord, do not let us be murdered in out beds tonight."  Mercy Carter's prayer is not to be heard.  Later that night, the Mohawk Indians attack the village of Deerfield killing hundreds, including Mercy's mother and baby brother, and kidnapping another hundred men, women, and children.  The Mohawk and their captives march 300 miles in the cold dead of winter to Canada.  Those who survive the month-long journey are eventually taken in by Indian families, or sold to the French.  Adults were treated almost like slaves, but the children were often well cared for by their Indian families and some were even adopted.  A few of the English captured by the Mohawks rejected the Indian way of life, but  most of the children adapted to their new surroundings, forgetting their English upbringing.  Based on an actual event during the French and Indian War, Mercy's story details how English children became so quickly and totally Indian, even to the point of refusing to return to their English families.   (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
SUBJECTS:     Deerfield (Mass.) -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Fiction.
                        Indian captivities -- Massachusetts -- Fiction.
                        Indian captivities -- Canada -- Fiction.
                        Mohawk Indians -- Fiction.
                        Massachusetts -- History  -- Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713 --  Fiction.
                        Indians of North America -- Quebec (Province) -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713 -- Fiction.


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