What does a pre-teen girl in early Texas treasure most in the world? - her family, her home, her identity. Hannah Grace Williams suffers the loss of all three in the Killough Massacre of 1838. As far as she knows, she is the sole survivor and so throws her lot in with a family of friendly Cherokee Indians.
In Part Two, she accompanies her "new" family to the Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) when all Indians are expelled from Texas. However, bad weather and back luck force the Cherokees and Hannah back toward Texas, although good friends make it a difficult move.
Part Three sees Hannah return to her roots in Talledega, Alabama, only to learn that the Killough family no longer lives there. Her fall-back plan is to return to Texas and the site of the earlier massacre. There, she finds her few remaining relatives and a new life for herself. Despite all the loss she has suffered, she finds that she "likes who she is."
|Publisher:||Samuel W. Hopkins|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.41(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ann Chandler is a highly creative writer who has effectively personalized settler life in early East Texas through the journal entries about a young girl's ordeals after an Indian massacre. This historical novel is suitable for pleasure or study and is a very good read.
The beautiful tale of a 9-year-old girl who escaped the Killough Massacre in East Texas in 1838 by hiding in a berry vine. From there, she has many adventures. First, she is rescued by a Cherokee Indian and adopted into their tribe where she teaches them English and the ways of the white man (at least to the extent that a 9-year-old girl can). They become her family for several years until she is finally reunited with what is left of her blood relatives. This book is written journal style and appropriate for the musings of a young child. It is easy to read and understand. This is a charming story that reminds us of how childhood misfortunes and serendipities are tools that form us into the adults we become. I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys historical fiction or desires to learn about the lives and plight of Native Americans during the westward settlement of our nation. It would make a fun history assignment for children and is also a pleasant read for adults.