Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker

Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker

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by Carolyn Meyer
     
 

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At the age of nine, Cynthia Ann Parker was captured in an Indian raid and taken to live as a slave with the Comanche. Twenty-four years later, she is the wife of a chief and the mother of a young warrior destined to become the great chief Quanah Parker. But in 1861 Cynthia Ann Parker and her infant daughter are recaptured, and returned against their will to a white

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At the age of nine, Cynthia Ann Parker was captured in an Indian raid and taken to live as a slave with the Comanche. Twenty-four years later, she is the wife of a chief and the mother of a young warrior destined to become the great chief Quanah Parker. But in 1861 Cynthia Ann Parker and her infant daughter are recaptured, and returned against their will to a white settlement.

“A skillful examination of how individual identity is determined by cultural and social structures, and of what happens when these are drastically altered.”—Kirkus Reviews

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Ilene Cooper
Little is actually known about the life of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was stolen by the Comanches as a child and lived with them for 24 years, first as a slave, then as a chief's wife and mother of famous Indian warrior Quanah Parker. But it is true that her family continued to look for her, and that she was eventually returned to them against her will. Meyer tells Parker's story through the eyes of Cynthia Ann and the journal of a fictional 12-year-old cousin, Lucy, who tries to be Cynthia Ann's friend. Although those who read the afterword may be surprised at how much of this book is fiction, they will certainly be caught up in Cynthia Ann's story and forced to assess, along with her, life with the People, as she calls the Comanches, versus life with her kin. Meyer had some difficult terrain to travel in this book. Given the Comanches' reputation as one of the fiercest tribes, she could hardly whitewash their behavior: slave keeping, scalping, indiscriminate killing. Yet she also has to show the hold that Cynthia Ann's former life had on her and why she struggled to return to the People. At this difficult task, Meyer is successful; however, whether this account is anywhere near the truth, no one will ever know.
From the Publisher
“A skillful examination of how individual identity is determined by cultural and social structures, and of what happens when these are drastically altered.”—Kirkus Reviews

"The captivating characters are well drawn. . . . a fascinating look at the Comanche and their captives and will be enjoyed by teens who like historical fiction and/or are interested in Native Americans and the West." —SLJ

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780547546629
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
04/03/2012
Series:
Great Episodes
Sold by:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
248,849
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
File size:
256 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at www.readcarolyn.com.

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Where the Broken Heart Still Beats: The Story of Cynthia Ann Parker 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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I loved learning about the life of Cynthia Ann. It's a great book.
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It was good for school reading, but would not choose for fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to choose a book for a book report in my school.. i decided to read this novel.. it was kindda confusing at first because it went from a character's point of view, to the author's point of view..but after a while, i got the hang of it and i couldnt put it down.. its a great book.. but it is also really sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love reading Indian captivity stories, especially the ones where the captive enjoys his new life. However, this one is more of her life once she is taken back to her family. I hated the way she was treated by her 'white' family, except a few of them. I felt her great sadness throughout the book. When I finished reading it, I went into my son's bedroom and crawled in bed with him. I needed comfort. My heart ached for her at the loss of her children and husband.