|Calico Captive (1957) [Novel]|
by Elizabeth George Speare
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"Neighbor Labaree's solid figure filled the doorway, and his hearty voice boomed through the cabin. 'Still abed, all of you? Thought you aimed to start on the south field before daybreak.'
"Without warning it happened. James Johnson's answer was drowned in such dreadful shrieks that Miriam's whole body turned to stone. She had heard them before, but far away, in the depths of the forest. Now they were close, close upon them. Indians! Labaree was jerked backward and the doorway was filled with bodies, pouring into the cabin with horrible yells. The half-light was a confusion of feathers, hideous faces streaked with red and white, and tomahawks flashing."
Thus the Johnson family and young Miriam, prodded by their Indian captors, began a harrowing journey along the wilderness trail to Montreal, there to be sold to the French and held for ransom.
Original title: Calico Captive
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction