The Beaded Moccasins

The Beaded Moccasins

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by Lynda Durrant
     
 

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On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Mary Campbell gets angry with her mother and storms out of the cabin-never to return. As she picks wild strawberries and plans her apology, Mary is captured by Delaware Indians and plunged into a life that is fearsome, strenuous, and utterly unlike the one she knows, beginning with the journey on foot from Pennsylvania to the

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On the morning of her twelfth birthday, Mary Campbell gets angry with her mother and storms out of the cabin-never to return. As she picks wild strawberries and plans her apology, Mary is captured by Delaware Indians and plunged into a life that is fearsome, strenuous, and utterly unlike the one she knows, beginning with the journey on foot from Pennsylvania to the Delawares' new home in Ohio Territory. As the idea of escape becomes less feasible and less urgent, Mary finds herself adapting to the routines, traditions, and beliefs of her captors, and discovers within herself reserves of strength she hadn't known were hers. The life of the real Mary Campbell, taken by Delawares in 1759, is the basis for this enthralling, historically detailed adventure, and for the perceptive portrait of a young woman finding her place in a culture vastly different from her own.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
Captured by Delaware (Lenape) Indians on the morning of her twelfth birthday, Mary Campbell is forced to accompany her new family as a British decree compels them to leave western Pennsylvania and move to the Ohio wilderness. This well-researched historical novel recounts the many adventures and adjustments experienced by Mary during her first year with the Lenape. Based on a true event, the author does a good job of showing us how Mary gradually stops seeing her new family and people as a hateful enemy and begins to understand and become part of a new culture. A bibliography, glossary and author's note are included.
VOYA - Joyce Sparrow
This is an engrossing fictional account of the life of twelve-year-old Mary Campbell who was held captive by the Delaware Indians in 1759. Naïve and moody, Mary is frustrated when asked to do chores on her birthday and storms out of her house in Cumberland, Pennsylvania. Consumed by her anger, she is unaware that Native Americans have burned her home. While working in the fields Mary sees the odd shadow of a headdress on the ground in front of her and turns around to find four Native Americans in war paint and feathers, with fresh scalps on their belts, surrounding her. The plot develops as Mary Campbell and a young mother named Mary Stewart, along with her son, Sammy, walk for miles with the Native Americans to their reservation. Defiant Mary Campbell tries to plan an escape but soon finds she is adapting to life on the reservation. She is considered the new granddaughter of the Delaware chief. Mary thinks about the comforts of her previous home with the wonderful meals and good friends, but the rituals of the Delaware tribe intrigue her. The abundant details of the daily habits of the tribe will be beneficial for students. The story of an adolescent forced to adapt to a different culture is fascinating, and ends with a tribal celebration for Mary after she has worked in a rainstorm to save the vegetable crop. The afterword provides historical details about Mary Campbell, along with a glossary and sources for more information. Students who are studying Native American life will be spellbound by this exciting story. The local history element is valuable for regional libraries. VOYA Codes: 3Q 2P M J (Readable without serious defects, For the YA with a special interest in the subject, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8 and Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9).
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8With historical and cultural detail, Durrant tells the story of 12-year-old Mary Campbell's capture and first year of captivity among the Delaware Indians. Based on a real incident, this fictionalized account is entertaining, insightful, and compassionate. Kidnapped in 1759 from her Pennsylvania home, Mary is selected to replace the deceased granddaughter of the chief. Angry, lonely, and frightened, she resists assimilation into the tribe. However, by story's end, she recognizes her Indian family's genuine affection for her, helps with daily chores, and earns the name Woman-Who-Saved-the-Corn for her valiant efforts to salvage the tribe's crops. Throughout her ordeal, Mary weighs the amenities and relationships of her past life against the hardships and isolation of her current existence. The dissatisfaction she once felt for her real family fades as she struggles to understand the values of her tribal family. Mary's quaint, observant narrative reveals a young girl coming of age, discovering her inner strength, and gaining sensitivity to the needs and hopes of others. A glossary of Delaware terms, a list of sources, and an afterword that completes the facts of Campbell's true story are included. Readers will find Mary an appealing, courageous, perceptive character. Language-arts and social-studies teachers can integrate the girl's experiences into discussions of multicultural awareness, family values, and colonial-Indian conflicts.Gerry Larson, Durham Magnet Center, Durham, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547416427
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
03/23/1998
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
345,162
File size:
135 KB
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Lynda Durrant is the author of five well-received historical novels for Clarion, several of which have been named to state children’s choice awards lists. She lives in Bath, Ohio, with her family and a horse named Irish.

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Beaded Moccasins: The Story of Mary Campbell 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Leah Craft More than 1 year ago
I first read this in middle school. Now as a college junior, I still enjoy this beautifully written story. I would highly reccomend to girls of all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Journey into the life of Mary Caroline Campbell. Amazing book truely amazing!!! OK now I'm getting a little cheesey so I'll just stop. Any way,it's a great book ! The sample is a little boring but it gets better!!! I'm not gonna be a spoiler though, so you're going to have to read the book!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Butifull. Not only for girls. Shoking. Amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is murder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reveiw#4 says its 4 girls but its 4boys 2!