Where the Broken Heart Still Beats

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Explores life in a Comanche community and among settlers in Texas at the beginning of the Civil War. This is a riveting examination of the conflicts between Native Americans and the white settlers who impinged on their lands.

Having been taken as a child and raised by Comanche Indians, thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker is forcibly returned to her white relatives, where she longs for her Indian life and her only friend is her ...

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Overview

Explores life in a Comanche community and among settlers in Texas at the beginning of the Civil War. This is a riveting examination of the conflicts between Native Americans and the white settlers who impinged on their lands.

Having been taken as a child and raised by Comanche Indians, thirty-four-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker is forcibly returned to her white relatives, where she longs for her Indian life and her only friend is her twelve-year-old cousin Lucy.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780732971
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 10/28/1992
  • Series: Great Episodes
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

CAROLYN MEYER is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels includeMary, 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;Marie, Dancing,a BookSense Pick; and the historical novel, The True Adventures of Charley Darwin. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
www.readcarolyn.com

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