Ransom's Mark: A Story Based on the Life of the Pioneer Olive Oatman - eBook  -     By: Wendy Lawton
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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.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 9781575678498
ISBN-13: 9781575678498
Ages: 9-12
Series: Daughters of the Faith

Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

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.

Publisher's Weekly

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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  1. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Being physically and spiritually ransomed
    March 3, 2013
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 2, 2007
    great book for teenagers!! i recommend this to girls ages fourteen and up! not for younger girls, though:it's about a massacre.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 4, 2003
    Diane H. Pitts
    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.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 20, 2003
    Candy Arrington
    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.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 19, 2003
    Peggy Phifer
    When Olive Oatman's pa gets the urge to move west to California, he packs his family and belongings into a covered wagon and they leave their home in Fulton, Illinois. Olive is the third oldest child of six, with baby number seven due along the way. Olive and her brothers and sisters dream of the coming adventure and excitement. But there was no way they could have imagined what the journey would really be like on the Santa Fe Trail.Trouble begins early when the wagon-master starts to change the plans all had agreed on when they signed up. Eventually, the train splits in two, and Olive's wagon goes with a smaller group to continue on the Santa Fe Trail. Gradually, other wagons drop off at the towns along the way, until only the Oatman wagon is left to continue on. Then, a renegade band of Yavapai Indians attacks the lone wagon, and Olive and her little sister Mary Ann are captured. Olive and her sister are eventually ransomed from the Yavapai by the beautiful daughter of the chief of a Mohave tribe, but her life is still hard. Branded with a Mohave tattoo, Olive struggles to understand. How can this be a mark of God's love? This true story of Olive Oatman is one of the most inspiring stories of courage I've read in a long time. Wendy Lawton has treated this story with great discretion and sensitivity to make it readable for her target age-group of 8-12-year olds. Yet she has managed to bring out the stark reality of the dangers the westward pioneers faced.Like the other three books in this series, "Courage to Run" [Harriet Tubman], "The Tinker's Daughter" [Mary Bunyan, daughter of John Bunyan], and "Almost Home," [Mary Chilton, of the Mayflower], in "Ransom's Mark" Wendy Lawton has written another classic story of "Daughters of the Faith." I highly recommend these books.
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