Ransom's Mark: A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman
Being physically and spiritually ransomed
Wendy Lawton has again written a moving, historically sound biographical history of a young girl from the early pioneer days of the United States. When her father decides to move west with friends it isn't a simple trek across the county line. It entails completely uprooting the family, selling possessions, walking exhausting miles across dry parched land as well as seeing the beauty of the countryside in full bloom.
It means doing without enough to eat and drink and not having the privacy for basic bodily needs. It means the fear of hostile Indians from tribal groups. And it finally means facing a future without her family when they were all massacred by renegade Indians and only she and one younger sister were spared.
Wendy Lawton has graced this book with a good glossary so parents and teachers can readily teach the historical terms. The age for which this moving story is written is 8 to 11. However, for the very sensitive child, I would recommend perhaps ages 10 to 13. Portions are very intense. I highly recommend this book as well as others in the Daughters of the Faith series by Wendy Lawton for the home, school, and church library. For more about this series CLICK HERE.
Other books by Wendy Lawton reviewed on Chat With Vera are: Shadow of His Hand, The Captive Princess, and Almost Home.
DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy of Ransoms' Mark by Moody Publishers on behalf of the author in exchange for my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own.
March 3, 2013
great book for teenagers!! i recommend this to girls ages fourteen and up! not for younger girls, though:it's about a massacre.
December 2, 2007
The reading horizon just got brighter because Wendy Lawton has brought history to light again. In Ransons Mark author Wendy Lawton adds to her Daughters of the Faith Series by illuminating the life of Olive Oatman, pioneer of the 1850s.Olive Oatman at thirteen embodied the strength and perseverance needed for days of the Santa Fe Trail. Driven by elusive dreams, men left it all and placed families at the mercy of the elements as well as renegade Indian tribes just to gain gold and adventure. Olive Oatman was a member of one such family. Ransoms Mark is a vivid portrayal of poor choices and Gods ability to use whomever He chooses to redeem the consequences. Lawtons writing is defined by careful research, strong story line, and vivid snapshots. The sun beats down on your head. Dust is so thick one can hardly swallow. Fear grips your throat as the renegade band launches an attack. The author complements her historical scenes with a glossary that further acquaints the reader with the vocabulary of the time. Olive Oatmans legacy breathes again under the influence of Wendy Lawtons pen.One cannot refuse this writing. Handing the reader a strong but rich cup of coffee, Lawton encourages you to linger for another long sip. Savor Ransoms Mark, another unforgettable drink from the cup of history and Daughters of the Faith Series.
October 4, 2003
In Ransom's Mark, Wendy Lawton has done a wonderful job bringing history to life. I felt as if I was running the difficult trail into captivity on bruised and bleeding feet right along with Olive Oatman. Readers will experience Olive's fears and frustrations, as well as her joys and trumphs.Wendy handles the massacre of Olive's family with careful detail appropriate for young readers. She also captures the struggles of Olive's faith journey and her love for Topeka and her family.In the surprise ending, Olive must make a life changing decision as she straddles two worlds - totally accepted in neither.I read far into the night because I couldnt wait to find out what was going to happen to my friend, Olive. Ransoms Mark is a great read.
August 20, 2003