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I Am Regina

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The cabin door crashes open-and in a few minutes Regina's life changes forever. Allegheny Indians murder her father and brother, burn their Pennsylvania home to the ground, and take Regina captive. Only her mother, who is away from home, is safe. Torn from her family, Regina longs for the past, but she must begin a new life. She becomes Tskinnak, who learns to catch fish, dance the Indian dance, and speak the Indian tongue. As the years go by, her new people become her family . . . but she never stops wondering ...

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Overview

The cabin door crashes open-and in a few minutes Regina's life changes forever. Allegheny Indians murder her father and brother, burn their Pennsylvania home to the ground, and take Regina captive. Only her mother, who is away from home, is safe. Torn from her family, Regina longs for the past, but she must begin a new life. She becomes Tskinnak, who learns to catch fish, dance the Indian dance, and speak the Indian tongue. As the years go by, her new people become her family . . . but she never stops wondering about her mother. Will they ever meet again?

"A first-person narrative based on the true story of a young woman held by Indians from 1755-1763, related with all the impact of a hard-hitting documentary . . .Wonderful reading." (School Library Journal)

"I Am Regina is an enthralling and profoundly stirring story, historical fiction for young people at its very finest." (Elizabeth George Speare, Newbery Award-winning author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond)

In 1755, as the French and Indian War begins, ten-year-old Regina is kidnapped by Indians in western Pennsylvania, and she must struggle to hold onto memories of her earlier life as she grows up under the name of Tskinnak and starts to become Indian herself.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth George Speare
I Am Regina is an enthralling and profoundly stirring story, historical fiction for young people at its very finest.
Newbery Award-winning author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Publishers Weekly
As the French-Indian War makes its way closer to her home, 10-year-old Regina's worst fears are realized when Indians attack her home. According to PW, "Raw and sensitively written, this well-researched account of a factual story neither shies away from the horrible truths of war nor sentimentalizes its emotional content." Ages 10-14. (Jan.)n Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ten-year-old Regina tries to be brave when she hears stories of the bloody French-Indian war that is making its way toward her family's farm in colonial Pennsylvania. One day her worst fears are realized: while her mother is off on an errand to town, her home is attacked by Indians. Her father and brother are killed, and she and her sister are taken captive and divided as property among the warriors. Regina is indoctrinated into Indian society, given a new name and gradually adopts the Indian way of life--and as the years pass she begins to wonder if her life with her family was just a dream. Raw and sensitively written, this well-researched account of a factual story neither shies away from the horrible truths of war nor sentimentalizes its emotional content. With a simplicity that echoes Regina's character, Keehn's prose is immediate and fresh, and transports the reader into this poignant narrative. Ages 12-up. May
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
This is the first-rate gripping and haunting story of Regina who was captured by the same Indians who killed her father and brother. Determined to remember her roots, she tries to keep her language, stories, and hymns fresh in her mind. After 3 winters she becomes more at home with the Indians who have different personalities and needs just as her own family. Her friend Nonschetto tells her, "You are like this tree. Your roots run deep. You may not see or remember them, but they have not died. They feed you. They give you strength to grow new life." Regina faces the same problems that all immigrants face. Her story is a timely one. Based on a true story, Regina lived with the Indians for more than 8 years. 1993 (orig.
Children's Literature
In 1755, Allegheny Indians capture ten-year-old Regina Leininger and her older sister. They leave their home, knowing that their father and brother were murdered. After only a few days together, the captors separate Regina and her sister and take them to live with different tribes. Regina takes Sarah, a young white child, into her care. The two girls must soon embrace Indian life as the tribe members give them new names and forbid them to speak English anymore. At first angry and sad, Regina soon learns the truth of the war between the English and the Indians. She also learns that her family was killed and that she was taken to revenge the death of Indians whom the English killed. Regina (now Tskinnak) becomes a part of the tribal family and slowly loses her English language and the memories of her family. This book shows not only the horrors of war, but it also shows the humanity of Indians who are often stereotyped as savages. Keehn shows the compassion and love that exist within the tribal community. Althouth Regina eventually returns to her mother, she feels sad to leave her Indian family. This is a story of one girl's bravery, strength, and maturation during the French and Indian War. 2001 (orig. 1991), Puffin Books, Ages 10 to 14.
—Amanda Eron
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- A first-person narrative based on the true story of a young woman held by Indians from 1755-1763, related with all the impact of a hard-hitting documentary. Entering an impoverished Indian village, ten-year-old Regina has difficulty forgetting the murders of her father and brother, which she had witnessed. Gradually memories fade, and she truly becomes Tskinnak, no longer remembering even her beloved mother's face. Her days are filled with minding Quetit, a younger captive entrusted to her care; with providing for the needs of her household; and with worrying about the future. It becomes apparent that the Indians, for whom she cares a great deal, are being betrayed in their relations with the white men. When the American army frees the captives and arranges for them to rejoin their birth families, Tskinnak regrets deserting the tough old woman who has raised her. The images of the white women rejoining their families, many of whom are now strangers, are memorable. Regina/Tskinnak's story is a dramatic one, while the portrayal of the Indians' fate is simply told; the combination makes wonderful reading. Readers will hardly realize how much they're learning in the pleasure of the story. --Susan F. Marcus, Pollard Middle School, Needham, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698119208
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Series: Putnam Juvenile Novels Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 268,615
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Sally Keehn can remember her childhood days in Annapolis, Maryland – days spent reading, horseback riding, swimming, and exploring the woods surrounding her grandfather’s farm. Though she would bid Annapolis good-bye at the age of nineteen to embark on an English degree at Hood College, Keehn’s days of “exploring” were just beginning.

After college, her thirst for learning led her to Korea, where she spent a year working for the American Red Cross and traveling through Far-East Asia. She then proceeded to Drexel University for her M.S. in Library Science, and she has worked as a librarian in both Maryland and Pennsylvania.

It was while writing a travel book with her husband that Sally Keehn discovered the incident that gave rise to her first historical novel for Philomel – the award-winning I Am Regina. Since then, she’s searched out America’s back-roads for the stories of its people and its past. She’s written six novels for Penguin Books for Young Readers: three works of historical fiction - I Am Regina, Moon of Two Dark Horses and Anna Sunday; a contemporary novel based loosely on her own life - The First Horse I See; a fantasy set in Eastern Tennessee during the troubled era following the Civil War – Gnat Stokes and the Foggy Bottom Swamp Queen. And in spring, 2007, Philomel Books will release her sixth title - a fantasy set in 1872 south-eastern Kentucky – Magpie Gabbard and the Quest for the Buried Moon.

Sally Keehn says, “I never know until I go exploring what new story – what new adventure – lies beyond the bend in the road.”

*You can learn more about Sally Keehn and her books at: www.sallykeehn.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Maddy

    I am regina was amazing . I feel sooo bad for all indian captives

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    Great book

    This book is great but sooo sad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2011

    Love it

    I absolutly love this book. I had to read it for a school project and i thought ir was going to be bad but i really really liked it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    This book will HAUNT you!

    Read this book in the 5th grade. Senior now, and still love it! Definatley a one of a kind piece!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2006

    WAR!!!

    This is a good book!! This is the story of a girl who is forced to adjust to life during the French -And -Indian War.After being kidnapped!! I love this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    A 20 yr old who read this book over 10yrs ago and still loves it

    This book is awesome. I loved it the first, second, and every time thereafter. I would recommend it to anyone because of the great story line and the determination the main character projects. It has a beautiful ending and should never be compaired to other books,because it is in a league of its own.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2002

    Three Times and Still Going

    I have read this book three times and I love it just as much as I did the first time. It seems just to sit right with me. It is well organized, and definetly inviting. I couldn't put it down. Very detailed and it made you think! But not too hard!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2000

    This Is An Awsome Book

    I had to read this book for a class, and I HATE reading if I am assigned it. But, Once I started reading, I couldn't put the book down. I read it three times because it was so interesting. I hardly enjoy a book because usually I can't focous on one. Only, this book caught my attention. It was wonderful. I would recomend it to EVERYONE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2000

    tHE BEST BOOK EVER

    This is the very best book that i have ever read. It was put together wonderfully. Its absolutley great. I reccomend this book to everyone in the world.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Anny

    The best book ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2012

    Kaele

    I am reading this book for ar reading in school,I go to school at greencastle antrim elemantary.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    bored

    to boring and it puts me to sleep

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