THE RANSOM OF MERCY CARTER
New York : Delacorte Press,
IL 3-6. RL 5.1
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
Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
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 --
Indians of North America -- Quebec (Province) -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- Queen Anne's War, 1702-1713 -- Fiction.
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