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Children's LiteratureElk Girl, sister of Ouray, grew up as a traditional Ute in the Rocky Mountains but was captured by the Cheyenne when she was a young girl. She became a slave to Quill Woman who collected, sorted, and sewed quills into buffalo skins, until she ran away. She was caught and sold to the Arapahos where she tanned buffalo skin and made clothing. When the white soldiers came they took Elk Girl and treated her with respect. Mary Carroll befriended her, called her Susan, made her dresses, and taught her English. When they deemed it safe, two white men escorted Elk Girl through Arapaho country to her Ute home. Later she repaid the generosity of the white men by saving the lives of three women and two children who were captured by the Ute in the Meeker Massacre of 1879. Although this is a fictional account of Elk Girl, Ute life in the later half of the nineteenth century is depicted accurately. Historical notes at the end of the book clarify actual events. 2005, Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
—Janet L. Rose