in 1851 the Oatman family journeyed west by wagon train, only to be massacred by a band of outlaw Yavapai Indians who later captured 13-year-old Olive. Eventually ransomed by the peaceful Mohaves, she is marked with a dramatic tattoo that becomes a symbol of God's love and deliverance. This inspiring story based on actual events depicts faith's sustaining power.
When 13-year-old Olive Oatman's wagon train is raided by outlaw Yavapai Indians, she and her sister are captured. After enduring harsh treatment, they are ransomed by a band of Mohaves. Olive struggles to adjust to her new life, but finds comfort in her faith and in an unexpected friendship. When the time comes for her to return to the white world, she is afraid she will never fit in. But she learns to see the Mohave design tattooed on her chin as a sign of God's love and deliverence, a mark of ransom.
WENDY LAWTON, an award-winning writer, sculptor, and doll designer, founded the Lawton Doll Company in 1979. She currently works as an agent for the Books & Such Literary Agency. Wendy has written numerous books, including six for her Daughters of Faith series and four for her Real TV series. Wendy is active in her church and is a frequent speaker for women's groups. Wendy and her husband, Keith, are parents to three adult children and live in Hilmar, California.
Like its predecessors in Lawton's Daughters of the Faith series, this fourth
installment offers an invigorating blend of historical information and
imaginative writing. The real-life Olive Oatman was 13 when her family pulled
up stakes in 1850, leaving their Illinois farm to head west with a wagon
train. A renegade band of Yavapai Indians attacked the Oatmans and left them
for dead, except for Olive and her younger sister, whom they enslaved. After a
year of near-starvation, the girls were ransomed by a Mohave tribe that had
heard of their plight and pitied them. Given all the ground that Lawton
covers, it may not be surprising that some sequences feel comparatively sparse
(e.g., Olive's time among the Mohave). For the most part, however, Lawton
shows a remarkable facility for conveying the contradictory emotions, thoughts
and motives of the pioneers, and for illuminating the details of daily life.
While she demonstrates the importance of faith to her characters, she also
portrays a range of religious sensibilities. The original leader of the
Oatmans' wagon convoy bills himself as a prophet and continually attempts to
change their destination. Olive's mother firmly believes God is at their
sides. Olive is more tentative: "If God was walking alongside, she wondered if
He missed the others as much as she did." The Mohave chief and his daughter,
who personally ransoms the Oatman girls, have their own spirituality but
clearly respect Olive's beliefs. Readers do not have to share Olive's
convictions to find themselves engrossed in Lawton's presentation of her
story. Ages 8-12. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.