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I Am Regina

I Am Regina

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by Sally M. Keehn
     
 

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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

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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 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)

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698119208
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Series:
Putnam Juvenile Novels Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
729,868
Product dimensions:
5.01(w) x 7.74(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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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