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

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A Quaker girl's diary reflects her experiences growing up in the Delaware River Valley of Pennsylvania and her capture by Lenape Indians in 1763.
Hardcover, 159 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Scholastic Inc.
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Kayla
Read this with a box of Puffs Plus.
KayLee J.
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
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...more
Sharla
Dec 17, 2007 Sharla rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
Rebekah
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 Indians 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 all of t...more
Ashley
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...more
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
Brittney
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...more
Noellasue
This is my first Dear America book and I wonder what the others are like. This was obviously written as a children's book or at least for 9-12 year-olds.

I'm very disappointed in that the main character Catharine falls into routine with her Indian captors and begins to identify with and sympathize with them. This is a time of war, many people she knows have been captured and killed by Indians.

Apparently in today's politically correct society the Stockholm syndrome is no longer valid.

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Beverly
Caty is raised in a loving Quaker family. I find it hard to believe she attended school (1763). Still, this book reminds us of life before antibiotics. Kids get worms, die of whooping cough, measles, and infants die of bad colds.
At Quaker Meetings, one is disowned for "dancing, singing, playing cards, racing a horse. Caty's mind is on these things before her capture.
This is after the French and Indian War. Natives are learning the English make false promises and are not like the French, who trea...more
Lina
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.
Robin
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
Cambria
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
Hannah
I thought this the saddest book in the world when I first read it in 3rd grade.

Despite being flung into the alien world of the Delaware Indians, Caty finds that they are not monsters. Her step family is kind to her and she finds love in a kindred spirit. In fact, she learns to like her new life, though it doesn't last.

The ending was the saddest. I wondered afterward: would she ever know whether she could have done something?

It is a lovely quick read (also an epistolary novel). I always find hist...more
Blessedmommy22
Sad but so good!
Colleen
"...The beginning was a little slow and kind of typical coming-of-age tween angst sort of stuff, with the whole "hey there's a boy I used to be very good pals with, but he's been gone a short while and look, now he's the most handsome boy around and I am confused by my feelings for him" angle. But Caty forgets about that guy pretty quickly after she and her brother get captured by the Lenape raiding party, and over the course of her time in the village, she matures quite a lot both emotionally a...more
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
Molly
The book I read was standing in the Light the Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan by Mary Pope Osborne. The setting is in the Delaware Valley of Pennsylvania in 1763. It was written in journal form. It tells the story of tells the story of Catharine Logan who is 13 year old. She is scared about the news of the Indians attacking nearby farms. People say it’s because of the promises broken by the settlers and the English government. When Caty and her brother were walking home a couple weeks ago...more
caitysreadviews
Courtesy of Caity's Readviews:

Standing in the Light by Mary Pope Osborne is a beautiful story which, in my opinion, can hold its own as a novel outside of the Dear America series. In this fictitious diary, thirteen-year-old farm girl Caty is just like any other Quaker girl in her Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania society, until she and her seven-year-old brother Thomas are abducted by Lenape Indians.

At first, Caty detests the “savages” who stole her from her home and altered her entire life as she k...more
Ana Mardoll
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...more
Allison
Catherine a.k.a Caty is a you Quaker girl growing up in Pennsylvania and her life, at the beginning of the book, is going pretty well. Until one day, her town gets taken over by the Lenape indians. Caty sees some horific things happen around her. Thomas, her brother, and Caty become captors of the tribe but they get treated pretty well despite that fact. She does not like being held captive and will rebel in anyway she can, at any opportunity. As the end of the book nears Caty's mind changes and...more
The other John
One of the Dear America books, Standing in the Light is written as the diary of a young Quaker girl in 1763 Pennsylvania. After a few entries setting up her life as a settler in the Delaware valley, she and her brother are captured on the way to school by Lenape Indians. She is inducted into the tribe as a replacement for an Indian girl who was killed by measles and the entries detail her adaption to a new way of life. It's a nice enough book, though Lois Lenski's Indian Captive blows it out of...more
Queeniejo
This book made me cry and I was depressed for a week! Whenever I just look at this book I feel deppressed all over again! A really tragic story about a young girl who was kidnapped by indians. For those of you who love tragic and emotional books thst make you cry, dig in! But for those of you who like being happy (like me) STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK! Unless you just like taking chances....
Samantha
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.
ϟEvelynϟ
I love this book. It was so captivating during the capture. I really took feelings for Catharine when she captured. It was very well written on how long it took Cathy to tolerate all the Lenape were doing kindly to her. Also, the slow and sweet relationship with Snow Hunter was very well written. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!SPOILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Though, I was very disappointed at the end when they didn't ever explain what happened to Snow Hunter and White Owl and all the other Indians she loved dearly. I...more
♥Robin ♥
I really enjoyed this piece of historical fiction that was written in the form of a diary. The history told in this story is very intriguing and the life lessons are very valuable. The author does a wonderful job of painting the pictures of what life was like for the Indians as well as for the Quakers in this time period. I was able to connect and understand the emotions of the characters, especially Caty. Overall,the delivery of this story was great as well as character development. I highly re...more
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