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Title:Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763
Authors:Mary Pope Osborne
Info:Scholastic Inc. (1998), Hardcover, 186 pages
Collections:Read but unowned

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Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 by Mary Pope Osborne


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It's 1763 and thirteen year old Quaker Catharine (Caty) Logan tells her story capture by the Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania's Delaware Valley through diary entries. This emotional tale journeys through a young girl's misguided prejudice of Indians and her return to home with an educated perspective of culture differences.
This book is a great tool to get young girls interested in relatable historical fiction. ( )
  Ali.Simon | Nov 4, 2016 |
This was a really cute book that took place in 1763. It is historical fiction so it captures some events that actually happened but this story was made up. However I thought it was a really good book because of all the themes it had in it. The town that Catherine is from had a deal with the Lenape tribe. Someone broke part of that deal so in return, the Lenape kidnapped Catherine and her brother. At first, every fear she had was coming to life. She was scared, and did not know what was going to happen to her. But then she meets a boy and he teaches her that their two worlds are not so different. They both share common aspects such as family and traditions. Catherine soon starts to fall in love with the boy an becomes hopeful of her survival. I like that this book teaches a lesson about what happens when you judge another person or their culture. What happens is you turn out to be wrong and you realize that everyone is a person and they want the same things as you. While this book captured a lot of informations facts, it also told a really good story that would be interesting to students.
  brittanyyelle | Oct 21, 2015 |
Summary: This is the story of Catherine which follows her captivity with Native Americans along the Delaware River Valley in Pennsylvania. This book captures emotional connections as Catherine discovers she can open her heart to the most unexpected people.

Personal Reaction: This was a very emotional book. I think it is a great book which captures young love.

Classroom extensions: I think it would be a great idea to have students map out which Native American territory's were, and where reservations are now. I think it would be great for them to know the different lifestyles, and different rituals. ( )
  CelesteJoy | Sep 19, 2015 |
I thought this book was okay. Although I did not really like it, the author did do a god job describing the setting and the characters emotions throughout the text. The reason I did not like the book was because the books plot was very dry. When I say dry, I mean that the book just felt as if I was reading pages with words on them. There were no exciting twists or events that got me engaged. Catharines diary logs were very short and broad which I didn't like.
The author did do a good job of showing Catharines emotions through descriptions in the text. The reader could see that Catharine was confused and scared because she couldn't understand the language or customs of the indians very well. The reader sees Catharine portray a different emotion within the text when she starts to adapt to her new life. The reader can start to see Catharine become a little more comfortable with her new life.
The main message in this book is determination. Catharine never lets go of her determination to find her brother (in the beginning of the book) and to continue to look out for him. She is also always determined to survive and eventually/hopefully find her way back to her family. ( )
  Shardy2 | Oct 9, 2014 |
"...The beginning was a little slow and kind of typical coming-of-age tween angst sort of stuff, with the whole "hey there's a boy I used to be very good pals with, but he's been gone a short while and look, now he's the most handsome boy around and I am confused by my feelings for him" angle. But Caty forgets about that guy pretty quickly after she and her brother get captured by the Lenape raiding party, and over the course of her time in the village, she matures quite a lot both emotionally and spiritually.

Don't get me wrong, this is not a preachy, religious-themed book. But Caty's family's Quaker beliefs factor pretty deeply into her perception of her experience, and have a lot to do with her inner turmoil regarding how she finds herself thinking and behaving.

One thing I actually really liked about Standing in the Light is that Osborne has written a book which gets the reader thinking more about seeing issues from multiple points of view, no matter how controversial. Of course, the target audience for this series is middle-graders, and I think that's a pretty key age group to try and get across the point that there is more than one side to every story, and that no matter how different someone else may be from you, their way of doing things and their way of looking at the world is equally as valid as your own. There is also a lot to be said about humility and forgiveness, which I feel are good traits to instill in kids at a young age, regardless of your belief system..."

For full review, please visit me at Here Be Bookwyrms on Blogger:
http://herebebookwyrms.blogspot.com/2013/08/standing-in-light.html ( )
  here.be.bookwyrms | Aug 19, 2013 |
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A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.

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