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Publisher's Summary

Early one morning in 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by shrill war whoops and the terror of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day which had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War.

She endures a harrowing march north to what she imagines may be a life of slavery. But when they reach Montreal, a sudden twist of fortune brings Miriam to the acquaintance of the prominent Du Quesne family. The Du Quesnes introduce her to a life of luxury that she never could have imagined, and compel her to the most important decision of her life. Based on the actual narrative diary published in 1907, Calico Captive skillfully re-enacts an absorbing facet of history.

©1957 Elizabeth George Speare (P)2001 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"The constant shifts of locale and situation present narrator Hébert with an excellent showcase for her range of talents....But the very best part is the realistic, almost insider's, view of early American war, class structure, and prejudice." ( AudioFile)
"Vital and vivid, this short novel based on the actual captivity of a pre-Revolutionary girl of Charlestown, New Hampshire, presents American history with force and verve." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Excellent

Good book and good narration voice. The voice was easy to understand and moderate in variations in sounds. We felt it wasn't over or under done. The book wasn't as interesting to us as Witch of Blackbird Pond, but it was good.

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A true story

This account of a kidnapping in early America held my interest and captured my imagination. The writer created not characters but real people who were easy to care about.
It’s amazing how a civilized people can behave savagely to each other. It’s also amazing how people then managed to survive horrible circumstances that would probably kill a modern person.
I recommend this terrific listen.

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Share this one with your kids!

I loved this when I was a girl -- forty-something years later, it's still a great book! The audio version is nicely done.

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Delightful!

Elizabeth George Speare is one of my favorite authors. This beautiful little story doesn't disappoint.

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my kids couldn't get enough!

loved it! my kids kept asking what happened to the little boy! i would definitely recommend this book.

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Fast moving

The settings shifts moved the story rapidly. The various survival situations demanded me to shift my perspective as they developed. Unlike many books devoting chapters to develop characters the author brings them to life in the story and hooked on knowing them better. I was reluctant to read this book and glad I did.

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it was good

it was good The Person who read the book could have made it more exciting when you read it

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Really good

I loved this story! I would love to watch a miniseries of this story. So good

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Not suitable for young people. Disappointing racist tropes.

This book came up as the only “included” work written by Elizabeth George, a different author.
The book, published in 1957, displays a typical attitude of that time toward “wild Indians.” It presents itself as historical fiction based on a written narrative of an English colonial captive during the French and Indian War. It’s considered a children’s book. Based on its racism, I would not recommend it to. young readers.. Literary merit is not a counterbalance here nor does it appear to take a critical stance toward the traditional story of settlers v. Indians.

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Loved the book

This book was truly a pleasure to listen to. I enjoyed the narrators voice. Well done.