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

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,951 ratings  ·  167 reviews
Thirteen-year-old Madeline's diaries for 1941 and 1942 reveal her experiences living on Long Island during World War II while her father is away in the Navy.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Scholastic (first published September 1st 1998)
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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
Sharla
Dec 17, 2007 Sharla rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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 Reagan
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.
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
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 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 ...more
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
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
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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
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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.
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.
marcy marshall
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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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
Ashlyn
Standing In The Light:
Standing In The Light is a very good book. I enjoyed reading this book and is a very exciting one too. It is about a girl and her family and how they have got attacked by the indians and the little girl and her little brother were captured and became indians. once they got back and were rescued they were very sad surprisingly and wanted to go back. I would definitely read a book just like this one and I would recommend it to everybody in 6th grade through 8th grade. I rea
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Caroline Culberson
I must have read this when I was 10 and I have just turned 18, but it is still vivid in my mind. Growing up in a pretty intolerant home, this book really shifted my perspective about respecting Native Americans and minorities in general. I am positive that these Dear America books really had a positive impact on my world view, and now advocating for diversity and equality is a passion I want to pursue in college!! Give your kids Dear America books, they're so thoughtful and absolutely wonderful. ...more
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
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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
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
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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
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