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Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  5,010 Ratings  ·  212 Reviews
Catharine Carey Logan and her family have enjoyed a peaceful and prosperous life as the Quakers and Delaware Indians share a mutually trusting relationship. Recently, however, this friendship has been threatened by violence against the Indians. Then, Catharine and her brother are taken captive by the Lenape in retaliation. At first, Catharine is afraid of her captors. But ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic Inc.
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Kayla
Jan 05, 2008 Kayla rated it it was amazing
Read this with a box of Puffs Plus.
KayLee J.
Dec 12, 2012 KayLee J. rated it really liked it
I currently finished Standing in the Light by Mary Pope Osborn. It begins with Indian attacks. Everyone is terrified. But when Cathrine Carey Logan and her brother Tohmas are kidnapped things change. After being separated from her brother and living with Indians her life is really really different. At that moment I realized what a could job the author did when describing the setting,characters,and the plot. I could really tell Cathrine's emotions because of the descriptions. I could tell Cathrin ...more
Abigail
May 17, 2016 Abigail rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, reviewed
As a child I read A LOT of the Dear America books, and this book, along with Cannons at Dawn and Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie, was definitely one of my favorites from the series. I can’t tell you how many nights I stayed up plowing through it, only to finish it and then start again the next day.

Standing in the Light deals with many heavy topics that I did not notice or understand when I was younger, such as Caty’s struggle with the existence and definition of god. As Caty begins to ad
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Sharla
Dec 17, 2007 Sharla rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
What a heart breaking book I cryed like a baby the first I read it in like third grade. This is one of my al time favotrite books.
Rebecca
Apr 01, 2009 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
Thirteen-year-old Catherine Logan, called Caty by her family and friends, lives in the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania in 1763. Though she lives on the frontier, her life is somewhat carefree when the book begins; her biggest worry is that she wants a boy at school named Jess Owen to notice her, but because she a Quaker she is worried about becoming vain, for vanity is a sin for Quakers. Then she learns that a group of settles have massacred the residents of a peaceful Indian village. Caty becom ...more
Rebecca Radnor
Very quick read. Written in Diary form, story based in 1763 of a Quaker girl from Pennsylvania who was kidnapped by Indians. Big print makes you think its a kids book, but the language is actually fairly advanced. Basically the story is that she gets kidnapped by the Indians and fairly quickly make the mental shift from hating them as savages to questioning who the savages really are, only to be kidnapped a 2nd time by the British who slaughter some of the people she's grown to love in front of ...more
Catherine
The story took place in Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania in 1763.

The main characters are the Lenape troup, Thomas Logan, Catherine Logan, Papa, Mama, Baby Will, White Owl, Little Cloud, Little One, and Snow Hunter.

Two Quaker children get caught by Lenape Indians. Catherine and Thomas are separated; Catherine falls in love with a Lenape warrior and gets put in a 'foster' family. Thomas and Catherine are together again and get rescued.

It was a pretty good book. It had action and romance. I just loved
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Maddy
Mar 09, 2015 Maddy rated it did not like it
This book was really just a snooze, I had to do a history project. Honestly I felt like it was a chore to read. I finished the book and the ending was the best part because I was finally finished reading this piece of junk. If you like historical novels that refer a lot to God and Christ this is your book but for me I didn't enjoy the characters and her choices.
Jerrica
Apr 13, 2008 Jerrica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: midd-senior
You guyssss I read this book again after eleven years (!!!!) for a paper I'm doing and I'm going to compare it to real Indian captivities while also examining how the story is framed for elementary school readers.

I remember reading this book at the end of 4th grade, because it was the last day of 4th grade and the sun was streaming through the windshield of my family's car onto the book. I thought it was funny that the book was called Standing in the Light while it was standing in the light i
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Audra Green
This book is the first Dear America book I have read (okay, I read some of the Royal ones, but...). I would highly recommend reading this, and keeping it on your shelf if you teach, however, it would be a difficult book to teach from. I think one of the reasons this book ranks high on my list of to-reads for all, it deals with some very heavy subjects -- one of them being the existence and definition of god. It's pretty powerful as Catherine gets captured and begins to assimilate to the tribe th ...more
Rebe
As a child I read a lot of the Dear America books, and this one tied with My Heart Is on the Ground for my favorite in the series. The author did a great job with character development and examining the cultures featured in the book. As the book opens, the reader, like Catharine, sympathizes with the Quakers and thinks the Native Americans are savages. Her capture seems like a tragedy. Then, as the book progresses, Catharine slowly changes her perspective and even falls in love. The reader feels ...more
Ashley
Mar 12, 2010 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want, wishlist
This book is now on my fav list. It so good I read it in 3hr maby 4hr but it was realy good. I would recomend thee to read it. It kept me on the edge of my seat, my legs trembaling, even tears in my eyes at some parts. It was the coolest book ever. I still wonder for there are meany questons i wish to know. Those questons will always ask of me to find out. The It made me laugh at some parts. Standing in the Light The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America) by Mary Pope OsborneMary Pope Osborne
Sarah
So I know this is kind of a kid book...but I don't care. hahah I really enjoyed the 'Dear America' series when I was younger and I was reminded of that love when I joined good reads a while ago. Then I saw this book on bookswap and had to get it. And I'm glad I did.

This one of the ones I never read when I was younger but now that I know more about history and the significance of certain events I'm really glad I got it.

The writing is really simple (obviously) but I don't really care about that. I
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Taylor
This book was very influential to me, because this is the first chapter book that I can ever remember reading. I picked this up last minute, while my fourth grade class was at the library in a hurry. From what I can remember it is written in diary format and from the perspective of a young girl who was captured by indians. The book tells the story about her life in such a way that it makes the reader feel as if they were actually her. I believe that this book sparked my love for reading, because ...more
Liesa spring
Feb 15, 2008 Liesa spring rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood-favies
I was given this book by my lunch buddy and now family friend as a hoax to try to get me to read more in i think 3rd or 4th grade, well that didnt happen. but i it sat on my bookshelf for a couple years and i believe some where around 7th grade i picked it up and enojoyed it a lot, and this book made me realize that books are so situational to your life and a book that you dont like when your 10 you may like when your 13 so dont rule out every book that doesnt interest you now because it may lat ...more
Brittney
Jun 27, 2012 Brittney rated it liked it
It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't amazing. It was good. It gives us great insight on how everyone is pretty much the same, no matter what their skin color is. I think that is an important thing to add to child/preteen literature since it's easier to plant ideas and thoughts in the mind of child rather than an adult or teen.
(side note) The more history I learn, the more disappointed I am of the white English race. It is very sad how they treated other races. I'm ashamed.
All in all a good, quick
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Goshen PL Childrens
Mar 17, 2016 Goshen PL Childrens rated it it was amazing
Original nomination suggestion: "It is really good"

Ms. Laura: This was a good historical fiction in the diary format. It is based on real life events and is done in a way that it shouldn't scare any readers (3rd grade and up). I know the idea of being held captive by Indians always fascinated (let's be honest frightened) me as a kid and still does to this day. I loved how Catharine loses track of days and just writes in paragraphs, because time doesn't matter that much anymore. I felt bad that s
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Kelsey Hanson
This book had a good message, but it was so short that I didn't really have time to develop any sort of attachment to the characters. The main character is pretty well developed and you can feel for her and the strange position that she is in feeling mixed loyalties to her own Quaker people and the Lenape people who adopt her. You can also see the large impact that their experience has on her younger brother who is seven years old. I really don't feel like I can give a "great" review because it ...more
Stella Scharber
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Samantha
Jan 30, 2014 Samantha rated it it was amazing
I remember reading this book OVER AND OVER as a kid. It was so interesting, the idea of being kidnapped by Native Americans, the struggling to understand what was going on, and the sort of Stockholm Syndrome/understanding of the people she was captured by. I don't even remember how many times I read it. I absolutely loved it.
Kylie K
Dec 09, 2015 Kylie K rated it it was amazing
The book Standing In The Light is a book about a girl writing a diary. Through out the book, the girl and her little brother get captured by the Indians. So, the book tells what the little girl and her little brother do to try to get back to their family, friends, and school. I reccomnd this book to anyone who likes reading books in diary form.
Paulina Beltran
Jun 27, 2010 Paulina Beltran rated it it was amazing
I read this in my 4th grade year and re read in my 5th and 6th. I don't know how to explain how much i like it. I discussed it with my 5th grade teacher and she recommended some more after i finished this, i wrote a full entry about the book in my journal; which i will not do in this review.
Cambria
Nov 06, 2009 Cambria rated it really liked it
A great captive journal about Caty, a young girl who then falls in love with an Indian boy who is killed by her white rescuers
Blessedmommy22
Aug 23, 2011 Blessedmommy22 rated it it was amazing
Sad but so good!
Marisa
Nov 07, 2012 Marisa rated it it was amazing
My favorite childhood book
Robin
Feb 02, 2009 Robin rated it it was amazing
I read this first when I was 7-ish and I still read it almost once a month. its an excellent book with and excellent lesson
Liz Banks
Mar 09, 2017 Liz Banks rated it liked it
This is historical fiction written in diary form. The epilogue is written from the main character's point of view, but not as diary. A Quaker girl and her brother are taken captive by a Lenape tribe. Through diary form, we follow that girl's change from hatred and reisitance to love of the people. This can be read in an evening and it is an enjoyable evening.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
I absolutely love this series, and this particular story is by far my favorite out of all the ones I've read so far. Mary Pope Osborne has done such a beautiful job at bringing to life what living in Delaware Valley, PA in 1763 was like, as well as capturing the emotions that young Catharine felt during this time. Mary paints a beautiful and yet heartbreaking picture of both sides of the Quaker settlements, and the settlements of the Native Americans, and the friendships and wars the consumed bo ...more
marcy marshall
Sep 18, 2014 marcy marshall rated it it was amazing
Do you want to read a book that has lots of mystery in it?If so this is a perfect book for you. This is a fictional story called Standing in the Light. This is a very good book because all of the events are very interesting and you can really relate to the character and what they are saying .

This story is about a young girl named Catherine and her family who are Quakers,who live in a colony called Pennsylvania.
Catherine and her family (brother Thomas ,mom,and dad)is capture by the lenape india
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Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Standing in the Light (Delaware Valley) / 0-590-13462-0

"Standing in the Light" examines, carefully and accurately, a very real phenomenon in our nation's history, that of American Indian assimilation of European settlers. While many adults actively chose to leave the European settlements and live with the American Indians, it was not unheard of for American Indians to adopt European orphans and even sometimes kidnap children in order to replenish the American Indian children lost to war or disea
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