Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America Series)

Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catherine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America Series)

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by Mary Pope Osborne

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A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.  See more details below


A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Opening this little book, which does resemble a diary, reveals the personal thoughts of Catharine, a Quaker girl living in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania in 1763. The Quakers had lived in peace with the Native Americans who they treated fairly and with respect, but greed and a burgeoning population have changed that relationship. Catharine and her brother Thomas are captured and brought to live separately among the Lenape. The separation from her family and her brother is difficult and only her faith and the ability to write in her dairy seem to provide solace. Finally, she begins to accept her new life and is even reunited with her brother. But life takes another twist and the heartbreak continues. Osborne's words paint the images and readers feel Catharine's anguish in this moving story of a young girl caught between two cultures.
The ALAN Review - Laura M. Zaidman
Part of the Dear America Series and subtitled The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763, this easy-to-read story should appeal to reluctant readers. Catharine, a spirited adolescent, writes about her Quaker life, then her capture by the Linape tribe and her return home. Her journal's epistolary style (reminiscent of Joan Blos's Newbery Medal-winning A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32) offers a sense of immediacy as her experiences come alive. Balanced nicely are the book's historical facts, such as William Penn's establishing his "A Holy Experiment" in Quaker government in 1682, and the engaging human interest story a girl's coming of age. The appendix provides additional material to illuminate this fascinating period in American history, for example, notes about colonial America, maps, illustrations of Penn and the Lenape, candle-making instructions, and the title page from a 1682 captive narrative.
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Praise for the Dear America series:

“More than a supplement to classroom textbooks, this series is an imaginative, solid entre into American history.” –Publishers Weekly

“An impressive series that will challenge students to make connections from prominent historical events to relevant life situations . . . A wonderful asset to the classroom as well as to home libraries.” –Children's Book Service Review

“Engaging, accessible historical fiction.” –School Library Journal

“The Dear America diaries represent the best of historical fiction for any age.” –Chicago Tribune

Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Caty relates her experiences as a thirteen-year-old Quaker girl in Pennsylvania from November 1763 through November 1764 through journal writings. The first entries give information about her home, school, and church life in the colony. Then Caty and her younger brother are captured by the Lenape Indian tribe on January 4th. Journal entries from that date through October 10th are undated as Caty describes her initial feelings of anger and then her eventual adjustment to life with the Indians. About the time she has grown to love and respect her captors, Englishmen invade the village. They massacre her adopted family and friends. She and her brother are greatly changed when they return home. Caty is happy to be reunited with her family, especially her father, but vivid memories of the past ten months prevent her from slipping back into the life she left. An appendix contains drawings and copies of historical paintings from the era. Although the author notes that the story is fictional, the historical accuracy concerning both the Quakers and the Lenape make this a good source for colonial studies as well as an engrossing coming of age tale. Part of the "Dear America" series. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Dear America Series
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.73(d)
830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Standing in the Light 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Izy More than 1 year ago
I read this book many years ago, and recently read it again. I never get tired of reading this book. It's for all ages and it's very touching. An adult version of this book is "The Red Heart" by James Alexander Thom. I actually bought the movie of this and it was really good. The book is about a young Quaker girl who was kidnapped with her brother walking to school. They live with the Native for many months until they are recovered. She finds love with a Native American and they were supposed to marry, but he was murdered. She never does find love after "Snow Hunter" but instead fighting for rights for Native Americans. She eventually with intense research discovers the young brave who she was going to wed, was a white settler taken when he was very young.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Standing in the light is about a young girl named Catherine who lives in Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania in the year 1763. While she and her young brother are on their way to school one morning, they are captured by a tribe of the Lenape Indians. Catherine must go through many ordeals while with the Indians. But soon she comes to love her Indian family. This book is very educational about the Lenape Indians and how things were back then. Catherine has a wonderful personality that you cant help but love. This book is filled with adventure, happiness, sadness, and romance. This is a great book and you wont regret reading it.
Asshbaby More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely amazing. I'm a senior in high school and I still read this book. I would recommend this book to anyone, and everyone!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is such a great book!!!!!! I loved it from beginning to start!
Anonymous 6 months ago
Catherine Carey Logan, a Quaker girl in 1763, was captured by the Lenape Indians and brought to a woman who lost a child to illness. It's really cool how she starts to adapt to the Lenape way of life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is probably my favorite Dear America book! It is inspiring and actually pretty cool, I Highly reccomend! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love rhis book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Say i love dear america 5 times and look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wished snow hunter lived!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i have read it bout 6 times :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A thrilling book. Very intense and is exciting
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is has a happy begining but a sad ending. This was about a girl that was captured by some lenape indans. But in the end she gets back to her family in the end. If you like this book as much as I do try reading the other Dear America books like A Long Way From Home. Sincerly, Gianna
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever with a very sad ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I watch this show on qubo channel they are so good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book i almost have all the books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sobbed when i heard that the snow hunter had died. It was heartbreaking! I still havent gotten over it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well I would like to slap the ppls who took her back until their face was red!!! She seemed a whole Lot happier with the indians! And the people who lived there invaded the indians territory and treated the indians like dirt! Those people didnt even know what the indians were like!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The begining was boring but it was a awesome book! If you haven't read it yet, read it NOW!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wrote up there
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would rate this book 5/5 stars! It was a great book for ages11-14. It was about a historical event in 1763-1764 in delaware valley,pilly.I love this book. You should get this book if you like historical events with native americans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I luved this book so much! This was by far the best book in the Dear America series. I felt so bad for Caty when Snow Hunter died too. I totally reccomend. I LUV FLAMINGOES!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book so much! I almost cried when I read that Snow Hunter! They loved each other and then Snow Hunter went on that trip and was murdered. This book was a great example that people should be treated fairly and that everybody has feelings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was rather mediocre book .there is no happy ending ,even though i must say that at the begining this book didnt seem to bad .but after a while you only continued reading to read the Epiloge ( Downer ).