The Primrose Way

The Primrose Way

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by Jackie French Koller

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Koller's story about a missionary family and the Pawtucket tribe is an exciting glimpse of North American history in the 1630s.


Koller's story about a missionary family and the Pawtucket tribe is an exciting glimpse of North American history in the 1630s.

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Ilene Cooper
Sixteen-year-old Rebekah Hall thinks she knows what awaits her in the New World, where she is joining her father in a Puritan settlement. She is in for a surprise. Her missionary father has moved to the wilderness, and though life is rough, Rebekah finds solace in what she believes will be her life's work--she will save the souls of the Pawtucket tribe. Two Indians become particularly important to her: Qunnequawese, a maiden who is learning English (and teaching Rebekah the Algonquian language in return), and Mishannock, a holy man, for whom Rebekah finds her feelings growing. Koller has a few awkward moments at first. Her characters' British syntax seems forced, and there are instances when she buys into the "noble savage" ideal, offering a group of Indians who are almost flawless. Her attitude toward Mishannock is positively reverential; he's wise, kind, good, and handsome. No wonder Rebekah runs off with him in the end, defying religion and family. Still, the story itself, both as history and as romance, is quite compelling, and Koller hits on a key issue as Rebekah must decide not only if her culture is the only "correct" one, but also what values of another group she can accept as her own. The source note at the back, the glossary of English and Algonquian words, and the bibliography show Koller's done her homework, and the research gives the book the ring of authenticity.

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Great Episodes
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

JACKIE FRENCH KOLLER is the award-winning author of numerous books for children. She lives in Westfield, Massachusets.  

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The Primrose Way 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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I love this book. Im a really big history snob, and I thought this book was great. Some things in the book werid. But Its one of my favorite books
Guest More than 1 year ago
Koller has done her research of life in the 1600s and beautifully portrays the Native Americans' beliefs in this historical romance. It's really good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was amazingly breathtaking. A page turner. It was definately one of the best historical fiction books I've read recently. It is mainly about the daugter of a missionary from England. She decides to learn the Indian language to help with the trading,and in doing so she forges a bond with one of the Indian girls and also the mysterious Medicine man of their village. As she begins to realize that they may not be savages after all, the colonists she live with prosocute her. All this makes for one of the best books you'll read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was the best book i've read in awhile! i loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Awesome. I've read it many times. I even convinced my mother to read it and she loved. She then got a bunch of her students to read it (she's a teacher). Everyone I know who has read it loved it and is now one of their favorite books. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone who loves a good historical fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was really terrific. I love stories about people of the New World and their encounters with 'savages' and this book is just that! It tells the story of Rebekah, a puritan girl who befriends Native Americans, to the distress of her colony. Not thinking of the outcome, she falls in love with one and doesn't know what to do. She is being sent back to England, but with the help of a friend, goes where she truly wants to be. The ending is the best part of the book, and it really is excellent.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book for the first time in 8th grade and loved it. Since then I have read it many times and loved it more and more everytime. I dont know if I can convince you all to read this book but I suggest you do. It takes an unexpected turn at the end.