Enemy in the Fort (American Girl History Mysteries Series #13)

Enemy in the Fort (American Girl History Mysteries Series #13)

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by Sarah Masters Buckey, Greg Dearth
     
 

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It's 1754. In a remote New Hampshire fort, 12-year-old Rebecca Percy awaits word of her parents and brother, who were captured by Abenaki Indians. When a boy raised by the Abenakis comes to stay with her, a rash of thefts takes place. Rebecca thinks the boy is responsible, but the discoveries she makes while trying to prove his gilt shake her deepest beliefs about…  See more details below

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It's 1754. In a remote New Hampshire fort, 12-year-old Rebecca Percy awaits word of her parents and brother, who were captured by Abenaki Indians. When a boy raised by the Abenakis comes to stay with her, a rash of thefts takes place. Rebecca thinks the boy is responsible, but the discoveries she makes while trying to prove his gilt shake her deepest beliefs about Indians - and settlers.

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Children's Literature
After an Abenaki Indian raiding party captures their parents and infant brother, Rebecca Percy and her sister Selinda move in with Widow Tyler at the fort on the edge of the New Hampshire wilderness in 1752. Two years later they still await word that their family members will return. In the meantime, they work to earn their keep. When a white boy who was raised by the Indians is taken in temporarily by the widow, Rebecca distrusts his preference for the Indian way of life. She begins to believe, like others, that he is responsible for a rash of thefts in the fort, including the disappearance of the two silver spoons left to her and Selinda by their parents. Her discovery of the truth makes Rebecca question her beliefs about him and herself. One of the "American Girl History Mystery" series, the book contains a factual appendix on the fort and 1754, the start of the French and Indian War. An engaging mystery, this book would supplement a history class on the period. 2001, Pleasant Company, $9.95 and $5.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Valerie O. Patterson
VOYA
A British colonial during the French and Indian War, twelve-year-old Rebecca Percy sees Indians capture three of her family members and burn her house. She and her younger sister move to the safety of a nearby fort. Two years later, Rebecca must overcome hatred and fear when Isaac, a white boy raised by the Abenaki tribe and considered an Enemy in the Fort, joins her new household. Rebecca struggles to buy her sister's indenture and suspects this white savage of stealing the silver spoons that could fulfill her plan. Instead, with little conflict or adjustment, he helps Rebecca, her sister, and the widow with whom they all live. Rebecca saves her sister, accepts Isaac's return to his tribe, and looks forward to reuniting with her parents and brother. Similar to Scholastic's Dear America series but without the journal format, the American Girl History Mysteries focus on historical events and anecdotal details. A full-color sketch of the world of the main character introduces each story. A nonfiction account explains the story's context. Providing inspiring content, idealistic themes, interesting plots, and happy endings, these books will be popular with middle school age girls and their parents. Illus. VOYA CODES:3Q 2P M (Readable without serious defects;For the YA with a special interest in the subject;Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, American Girl/Pleasant Company, l64p, $5.95 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 14. Reviewer:Lucy Schall—VOYA, December 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 5)
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Rebecca Percy's parents and baby brother have been kidnapped by the Abenaki Indians on the dangerous 1754 New Hampshire frontier, leaving Rebecca and her sister to seek shelter at Fort Number 4 with kindly Widow Tyler. The work is hard, but Rebecca never gives up hope that her family might have been sold to the French, who often ransomed captives back to the English. She reacts with fear and disgust, however, when the woman takes in Isaac, a white boy who has been raised by the Abenakis and remains loyal to them. Shortly after his arrival, a series of thefts occur among the settlers. Of course, Isaac is the logical suspect. The plot is carefully built with interesting and well-researched historical details. The mystery is also well crafted, and children will enjoy gathering clues and trying to guess the outcome. Characterizations are strong, with believable growth. For example, Rebecca develops empathy for the Abenakis, moving from a hateful attitude toward a greater understanding of their desperate situation. The relationships between the Native people and the settlers are complex, and are responsibly and respectfully presented.-Lee Bock, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski, WI Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781584853060
Publisher:
American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
08/01/1901
Series:
American Girl History Mysteries Series, #13
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.03(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
620L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Enemy in the Fort (American Girl History Mysteries Series #13) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love it so detail I felt like I was there and I lived Rebecca and Selinda experinces
Guest More than 1 year ago
The History Mystery series started to peek then got worse. This book was boring. It was another lovey-lovey sister story where the two sisters have never been seprated and are about to be torn apart and blah, blah, blah. Give me a break! The plot was wicked predictable and the mystery easy to solve. Personally I feel that Sarah Masters Bucky is a boring author. She has written another one for this series that i want to read to see if it is just as boring as her last two. I'll let y'all know if it is (or isn't) This book wasn't really that well written either.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All ten-year-old Rebecca Percy and her younger sister Selinda could do was watch in horror from their hiding place as Abenaki Indians captured their parents and baby brother and burned their New Hampshire frontier home to the ground one dark night in 1752. Two years later, the sisters live with the kind Widow Tyler at a nearby fort. Rebecca helps with chores, and Selinda has hired herself out as a maid to the cruel Cutter family. At the same time that the sisters learn that the Cutters plan to return to civilization before Selinda's contract is up, and plan to take Selinda with them, the soldiers bring a boy rescued from captivity among the Abenaki to the fort. Widow Tyler takes the boy, Isaac, in. But after spending most of his childhood in captivity, Isaac is more Indian than English, and seems to want to return to the Abenaki family that adopted him after he was captured. Rebecca doesn't understand how Isaac, torn from his home to live among the people who killed his family, would chose to remain with his captors rather than return to the society he was born into. After a series of thefts in the fort, Rebecca is quick to suspect Isaac, especially after the one thing that she may be able to sell to buy back Selinda's contract is stolen. This was a wonderful new book from the History Mysteries series. I reccomend it to readers who enjoy historical fiction.