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The Ransom of Mercy Carter [Paperback]

Caroline B. Cooney

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9 Aug 2011
Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated from the rest of her family, some of whom do not survive. Mercy and hundreds of other settlers are herded together and ordered by the Indians to start walking. The grueling journey -- three hundred miles north to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada -- takes more than 40 days. At first Mercy's only hope is that the English government in Boston will send ransom for her and the other white settlers. But days turn into months and Mercy, who has become a Kahnawake daughter, thinks less and less of ransom, of Deerfield, and even of her "English" family. She slowly discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that soon become her own, and Mercy begins to wonder: If ransom comes, will she take it?


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4.0 out of 5 stars Quick Review 26 Sep 2011
By Old Dog - Published on Amazon.com
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It was easy to get into this book because Mercy Carter was an ancestor of mine (her brother John Carter was my sixth great grandfather) because it was personal. This book seems perfectly suited to young female readers (ages 10-16)who would like to read about a girl their age caught in a traumatic and tragic situation. Very sensitive readers may not like the descriptions of the deaths of Mercy's stepmother and some of her siblings and would need guidance. However, they will admire Mercy's courage, her own sensitivity and her eventual independence. It seems the Native Americans are treated fairly in this account. It's a good read for parent and child as it sets the stage for discussion about the role of Indians in our early colonial history.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story! 27 Jun 2014
By Laural - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is about a young girl who is kidnapped by her enemies, the Indians, but in the end doesn't fear or hate them. It's a remarkable telling of the inner struggle and conflict she faces of loving her English parents and traditions, and coming to love and respect her adoptive Indian people and culture.

With the trend of heroines in stories being strong and brave to point of reckless and rebellious I found Mercy's quiet strength refreshing. She was a survivor and knew how to adapt her life to survive. Consequently, the Indians admired this about her too and loved her like their own.

I really liked that Cooney showed both sides of the coin for Indians as well as the White Man. This is what made Mercy's story so heart wrenching. How does she choose? Does she have to choose?

I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or particularly interested in stories relating to Indians in the early 1700s. It wasn't violent, it there was needless death of women, children, and babies. Perhaps an age range I recommend wound be 10 and up.

Great story!
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting! 5 April 2014
By Cathy Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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Having found through Ancentry.com that Mercy Carter was a very distant relative of mine, this story really held my interest.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for all ages 7 Jan 2014
By James E. Scheel - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of our favorite books. I continually gift it to other readers both young and old. I highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! Totally worth reading! 18 Sep 2013
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a great book that really highlighted the cultural differences between the two main character groups and how Mercy overcame those differences. This book was a great read and I had trouble putting it down. Also, the description doesn't say this, but the characters in this book are based on the true experiences of real people, with different names of course.
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