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The Red Heart

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  744 ratings  ·  76 reviews
The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.

As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the
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Published August 18th 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published September 28th 1997)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Jun 19, 2009 Jeanette "Astute Crabbist" rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who love history and excellent storytelling
What a story!! And it's true!

This is serious historical fiction. Long and descriptive and SO worth the effort to read. I am in awe of James Alexander Thom's dedication to authenticity and his exquisitely detailed storytelling. Last year when I read Panther in the Sky, I figured none of his other books could be as good. I was wrong, lucky me. :)

The Red Heart details the life of Frances Slocum from age five until her death at age 74 in 1847. Frances was a Quaker girl in the Susquehanna Valley of P
What a story! This is a novel based on the true story of Frances Slocum (AKA Good Face, Little Bear Woman, Macanawka). As a five year old Quaker child living in the Susquahannah River Valley area, Frances was abducted by Lenapeh warriors and given to an Indian woman whose child had been killed by the "Long Knives" (American colonists in the midst of the American Revolution). Even though Frances was a red-haired "wapsini" (white person) and they were much feared, resented, and even hated by all o ...more
What a terrific book! I must be the only person on the planet who didn't know about Frances Slocum, so I was pleasantly surprised and intrigued by her story. What an incredible woman! Now I want to visit the State Park in Indiana and the gravesite.

I enjoy historical fiction books that teach about life in those times. In this book, the amazing ways of the Indians survival, in peace and in war times, is fascinating. I was particularly the concept of the "Three Sisters", i.e., seeds for corn, beans
This is my favorite book. Words cannot express how good it is. Read it!
Becky Norman
It takes me awhile to get through Thom's books...but that's only because I feel transported into his worlds and never want to leave. I savour every sentence - not only the language, the pace, the descriptions - but also the philosophy of the peoples he writes about. The Red Heart is about a real-life Quaker, Frances Slocum, who is taken from her family at a young age by Lenapeh (Delaware) warriors and brought up as part of their tribe, who treat her as a replacement daughter to a child that was ...more
Brenda Roberson
THE RED HEART is based on the true life story of Frances Slocum from the age of 5 until her death at age 74 in 1847. Frances was a Quaker girl growing up in the Susquehanna Valley of Pennsylvania. She was stolen by the Delaware Indians when she was 5 years old. This may sound barbaric, but many Indians felt justified in taking white children as the replacements for their own children who were killed by white soldiers.

Frances quickly adapts and was integrated into the Delaware life but then late
The Red Heart is the fascinating story of Francis Slocum, a Quaker girl who was kidnapped by the Delaware Indians when she was only 5 years old. Francis’ mother never gave up hope that she would be found and always wondered what happened to her little girl. The mother passed on her yearning to her sons, who searched yearly for Francis. In the meantime, Francis was fully integrated into her new life. She was adopted by parents who loved and cherished her; grew to womanhood and found a good husban ...more
What exhaustive research Thom does! This novel is based on the fascinating account of a young five year old Quaker girl who was kidnapped by the Delawares. Thom fills in the narrative with logical suppositions of what it would have been like to be living in Deleware and later Miami villages as they are attacked by American troops repeatedly, often prior to harvesting the crops that had been painstakingly planted, resulting in a constant struggle against hunger while attempting to escape to safet ...more
Vicki Tate
Every time I read a novel about the plight of the American Indians, it breaks my heart that such a noble race were lied to, tracked down, and forced off their own lands. Thom always makes a case for the Indians while dispassionately recording the actions of the white settlers and the fledgling new American leaders who stole their lands and forced them from their homes, burning and destroying everything of value that the Indians possessed in attempts to remove them and take their lands.

Frances Sl
Based on historical characters, it tells the story of a young white Quaker girl in NE PA taken by the Lenape Indians in 1847 (Delawares) and raised in Native American culture- first Lenape and then Miami by marriage. We see her thrive in her new culture and fear the white soldiers who break treaty after treaty and bring death, disease, and whiskey and burn their homes and steal their land. she never forgets her "first family" and at one point almost takes steps to pave the way to return to them. ...more
This is one great book.

The Red Heart
is based on the true story of Francis Slocum, a 4 year old Quaker girl who was kidnapped by Delaware Indians in the 1770s on the Pennsylvania frontier near Wilkes-Barre. (There are recreation areas named for her in both Pennsylvania and Indiana)

It is also the story of her family's 60 year search for her across the Midwest and even into Canada.

It is also the story of the relentless American westward movement and how the Indians dealt with it.

The reader also ge
A fictionalized biography of a young white girl kidnapped by indians in a pre-revolutionary war raid, and raised to become totally culturally absorbed by her tribe. So much so, that when later located by her birth family, she had forgotten English, and refused to go back to the white culture at all. As well researched as can be possible, given that she left nothing behind in writing, but sometimes the (necessary) speculation about what she did and what she thought is (necessarily) a bit over con ...more
Susan Poling
I seem to be on a Native American Kidnapping "binge." This is the 2nd true story of a woman being kidnapped from her home. However, this book is about a 5 year old being kidnapped and taken to an "indian' woman to replace her own child who was killed by the white people. This is not the epic journey of a woman escaping from "indians" (Follow the River), but of a girl who becomes fully integrated into the "indian" community. It is also a history of the horror suffered by the Native Americans as t ...more
The time: November 1778
The place: Valley of the Susquehanna, Pennsylvania
The action: Five-year-old Frances Slocum, a Quaker, is kidnapped by three Delaware warriors.

What follows: an account of Frances’s life, as she grows up with various tribes. Occasionally, readers get a glimpse of the Slocum family and their never-ending quest to find Frances.

I really do not have anything nice to say about this novel. The story is boring, the characterizations are flimsy, and the writing is poor. How does the
Charles Morton
Great perspective into the lives of the Indian nations

This is a great description of how the Indian nations were unjustly treated by the white settlers. Excellent detailed views of the hardships endured from the perspective of the Indian people.
The Slocum family of Northeastern Pennsylvania are the best of the white settlers, peace-loving Quakers who believe that the Indians hold the Light of God inside. It is from this good-hearted family that Frances is abducted during the Revolutionary war.As the child's terror subsides, she is slowly drawn into the sacred work and beliefs of her adoptive mother and of all the women of these Eastern tribes. Frances becomes Maconakwa, the Little Bear Woman of the Miami Indians.

I picked this book beca
Lisa Vincent
The fact that it was a true story made it much more interesting. I learned that my Great Grandmother had read this book, as did my Grandmother and mother. That this author was a favorite of hers. So of course I had to read it too. I have read one other book by Thom. Follow the River. That was years ago when I was a young teenager. An important highlight was to find out that there are two state parks named after the main character who was kidnapped from her home by Indians. Her family never gave ...more
Sue Covert
Great story. There is a cave in Cuyahoga Falls Gorge Park where the girl in the story stayed.
A book full of more fact than fiction, the story of a young girl who becomes captive by the Shawnee and grows up as Indian. This book interweaves Indian culture and the clash between the American, French and the British soldiers but explains the little known Indian culture with living, mores, respect for animals, nature and the spirit world. Again, Thom is a great story teller and has caught the details of this young girl"s life and travails and is another not- to- be missed
absorbing, compellin
Julie Castleberry
great saga, based on a true story
I always enjoy James Thom historical fiction. Love to read about American history; especially in novel fashion to bring to life a perspective of what it was like to live before modern invention. Good read and recommend to those who like historical fiction.
Well researched and well written fictional interpretation of the life of Frances Slocum, who was abducted by Delaware Indians at age 5 in the late 1700's. She spent the rest of her fairly long life traveling and living with several tribes from Pennsylvania to New York, and finally to Indiana. Mr. Thom writes with much sympathy for the plight of the Indians as they were forced out of their lands by the U.S. Government and white settlers.
Becky Barnett
Great read. I would rate it PG & not reccomend it to my teenagers due to discussions of sex (within marriage), and gore (tells of raids on indian villiages with violence and rape.) I am quite conservative of what I hope my teens will encounter. On an adult level I thought it was an excellent book that gave me a personalized perspective on indian treatment by the white men.
Natalie Omer
This is a true story about an amazing girl who was kidnapped by Lenapeh Indians in 1778. She was adopted by the Indians as one of their own. This is her story and the story of her white family's search for her. I would have given this book 5 stars if the author hadn't included some borderline graphic details of intimate situations....if you know what I mean...
Another superb Thom book! A fictionalized account of the true-life Francis "Frannie" Slocum, this is a wonderful look into the life of Native Americans -- and Frannie -- from right around the Revolutionary War to the mid-1800's.

Being trapped in Thom-Land, I'm moving along to another of his titles right away. I think my horror/thriller pile is very dusty!
Lisa4piano Brown
I really liked this book. LOTS of info on the American Indian culture. It was just a little long winded and I admit to skimming a little, but not much :) It's a true story about little old Wilkes-Barre, PA where I am living now and there is a park here named "Frances-Slocum State Park". I just never knew she was taken by Indians...fascinating.
This excellent book follows the footsteps of Frances Slocum after she was captured by Indians and taken from her native Pennsylvania to Indiana. It was especially interesting to me because I now live near where she was captured and I was born near where she ended up. There are parks in both states to memorialize her and her story.
Debbie Petrina
I totally loved it and learned so much about the life of Northeastern American Indian Tribes and their tragic history during the early growth and expansion of America. After reading the book, seeing actual pictures of some main characters was fascinating. I highly commend Thom both as an author and a researcher.
Kelly Niehaus
Why in the world is the print so small? I eould have dumped this book if it was not in ebook format because of the print!

After the first 100 pages, I'm putting the book down. It is a nice book, but nothing captivating. I have too many other books to read right now, maybe I'll pick it up later.
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James Alexander Thom (born 1933) is an American author, most famous for his works in the Western genre. Born in Gosport, Indiana, he graduated from Butler University and served in the United States Marine Corps. He is a former professor of journalism at Indiana University, and a contributor to the The Saturday Evening Post. His fifth wife, Dark Rain Thom was a member of the Shawnee United Remnant ...more
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