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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.
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