The Ransom of Mercy Carter

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The Ransom of Mercy Carter

Format:  Paperback,

249 pages

Publisher: Random House Childrens Books

Publish Date: Nov 2002

ISBN-13: 9780440227755

ISBN-10: 0440227755

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Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated from the rest of her family, some of whom do not survive. Mercy and hundreds of other settlers are herded together and ordered by the Indians to start walking. The grueling journey -- three hundred miles north to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada -- takes more than 40 days. At first Mercy's only hope is that the English government in Boston will send ransom for her and the other white settlers. But days turn into months and Mercy, who has become a Kahnawake daughter, thinks less and less of ransom, of Deerfield, and even of her "English" family. She slowly discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that soon become her own, and Mercy begins to wonder: If ransom comes, will she take it?

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Publisher: Random House Childrens Books
Publish Date: Nov 2002
ISBN-13: 9780440227755
ISBN-10: 0440227755
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 249
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.28
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.2 x 0.68 x 6.9

About the author

Biography of Cooney, Caroline B.

Caroline Cooney was born in 1947 in Geneva, New York. She was raised in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Cooney attended Greenwich High School in 1965 and then various colleges, where she studied Music, Art, and English but never graduated. She began writing while in college. Some of her young adult titles include Driver's Ed, Twenty Pageants Later and the Cheerleaders Series. She also wrote The Face on the Milk Carton, Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio and What Jane Found.

The main character in these novels is a little girl named Janie Johnson who sees her picture on a milk cartoon and her journey to learning the truth about her abduction. Two of her titles The Rear View Mirror and The Face on the Milk Cartoon was made into movies. She has won many awards including an ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults for for "Driver's Ed" and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers for "Twenty Pagents". Cooney currently resides in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Awards and Recognitions

  • Sequoyah Book Award, 2004 (United States)
  • SCASL Book Award (South Carolina), 2004 (United States)
  • Beehive Young Adults' Book Award, 2003 (United States)
  • Georgia Children's Book Award, 2005 (United States)
  • Great Stone Face Children's Book Award, 2003 (United States)
  • Golden Sower Award, 2004 (United States)

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Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated from the rest of her family, some of whom do not survive. Mercy and hundreds of other settlers are herded together and ordered by the Indians to start walking. The grueling journey -- three hundred miles north to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada -- takes more than 40 days. At first Mercy's only hope is that the English government in Boston will send ransom for her and the other white settlers. But days turn into months and Mercy, who has become a Kahnawake daughter, thinks less and less of ransom, of Deerfield, and even of her "English" family. She slowly discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that soon become her own, and Mercy begins to wonder: If ransom comes, will she take it?

From the Hardcover edition.

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