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I Am Regina

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  913 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
The cabin door crashes open-and in a few minutes Regina's life changes forever. Allegheny Indians murder her father and brother, burn their Pennsylvania home to the ground, and take Regina captive. Only her mother, who is away from home, is safe. Torn from her family, Regina longs for the past, but she must begin a new life. She becomes Tskinnak, who learns to catch fish, ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published December 31st 2001 by Puffin Books (first published 1991)
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Sep 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
The cabin door crashes open-and in a few minutes Regina's life changes forever. Allegheny Indians murder her father and brother, burn their Pennsylvania home to the ground, and take Regina captive. Only her mother, who is away from home, is safe. Torn from her family, Regina longs for the past, but she must begin a new life. She becomes Tskinnak, who learns to catch fish, dance the Indian dance, and speak the Indian tongue. As the years go by, her new people become her family . . . but she never ...more
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 9+
I stumbled upon this book a while ago on goodreads, and was really excited because I had read a book called "Alone Yet Not Alone," which tells Barbara's point of view of the story of hers and Regina's Indian captivity. It was my favorite book for a while. So, of course, I was thrilled when I learned their was a book with Regina's side of the story. Then, I found out that a friend had this book, and she was kind enough to lend it to me :).
So, the book was rather melancholy, but it was very good.
Apr 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Picked this book up from the library on a whim, thinking I probably wouldn't like it (when you have a library as small as mine, you do some weird things). It surprised me, not just with how much I liked it, but with how fast-paced the writing was. There is a lot of emotional depth here, but it never feels dense. What I liked most about this book is how real it feels and how fair it is to both sides. There's no whitewashing here, and no political correctness. Both the white settlers and the Nativ ...more
Janiel Fonseca
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Janiel Fonseca
Period 3

"Rumors say Indians have been attacking settlements to the north of us. Will they attack here?" (Keehn 9). I Am Regina is about a young girl that is taken from her home in the Allegheny Mountains. Her family immigrated from Germany to America, and passed on their values to Regina. Regina is happy, until the fateful day when Indians kill Regina’s father and brother, and she is taken captive. She is separated from the rest of her family, and is forced to merge into a new lif
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Am Regina brings a lot of emotions to the forefront of your mind. It entices you from the very beginning and leads you through a young girl's struggles of finding who she is in a world unknown to most of us. In the story she is forced to decide who she will become and what her new life will make of her.
Regina’s horror starts one day when she is kidnapped from her family farm near the Allegheny mountains. She is forced to go live with her new “ family”- a tribe of Indians - where the Indian cu
Christina V.
I AM REGINA is about a girl named Regina who gets captured by Native Americans and is adopted by an Indian family. Throughout the book, Regina (now named Tskinnak) struggles with her loyalty to the "white man" and to her alliance with the Indian tribe that has become her new family and her friends.

This book was really interesting read! The action starts off right away and the author is able to keep readers interested as the plot continues. At first I was a little wary of the book because I thou
Regina O.
Jan 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
"I am Regina" tells the tragic, touching, and shocking story of a young girl – Regina – who lives in the mountains of the late 18th Century Pennsylvania. Her family is ambushed and scalped by Native Americans, and Regina is kidnapped and taken to their village. She is forced to live among them, experiencing her pre-teen years by coping with a new culture, strange new customs, and struggling to remember who she is and where she comes from despite being assimilated into the Native American world.

Dec 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I am Regina is a historical fiction book about a girl named Regina who lived on the Pennsylvania colonies. She got kidnapped by Allegheny Indians at age 10 along with her father and brother killed and her home burned to ashes. As the years go by Regina learns how to catch wild fish,and to speak the Indian tongue, but her mom is still way and she never forgets the songs they sing. Will they ever meet again?

This book was very interesting to be because I like learning about the Natives ways and I
May 15, 2008 rated it liked it
I liked this book. My daughter is named Regina and this book has a character about the same age who is captured by indians during the pre-revolution time period. She is ordered to carry a 2 year old girl all the way back to the indian's camp. My own Regina carries my 2 year old, Maggie, everywhere, so this book was easy to picture in that respect. Regina was captured from Pennsylvania in the Allegheny Mts - very, very near to the place where Dave's ancestors settled in the very same time period. ...more
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great read. I picked this book up because I thought it looked interesting, and felt the itch to read something new. I started this book and could not put it down! The author writes in a way that makes you want to read a book from start to finish with no interruptions, so I did just that. One of the best things about this book is the fact that the author does not take sides. It is not the "white man's" fault nor is it the native's fault for the things that occur. The author depicts bo ...more
Michael Loder
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade history buffs
By putting the reader into the mind of Regina Leininger in present tense, Keehn is able to create a dramatic tension that holds the reader. Based on the actual Indian captivity of a 10-year-old girl during the French-and-Indian War, I AM REGINA follows Regina from the Indian raid that tears her family apart through to the final, emotional, climatic reunion with her mother and brother nine years later.
Although Keehn based her story on resources that were available at the time she wrote this book,
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I first started I Am Regina, I was almost positive that it would be a boring read, and that I would have to struggle through it for my summer reading. However, as soon as I opened the book, the first page caught my attention. It starts in the mid-eighteenth century, where Regina, the main character, and her sister, Barbara, are out working on the farm. As I kept reading, Regina and Barbara are captured by Indians, separated, and it follows the nine years that Regina lives with the Indians. ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based on a true story, this book did one of the best jobs I can remember imparting to my younger self the emotional reality behind history. With Regina, the Indians start off as enemies. They kill her father and brother in their own home, they separate her and her sister, and with her new family she is forced to keep looking at her father's shrunken scalp. But as time goes on Regina turns into Tskinnak, befriended by kindly Nonschetto (whom she then loses) and learning that her new community is ...more
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
As someone who loves history from this time period, I don't think I've actually ever read a story about someone being kidnapped and adopted by Native Americans. It's shown up in a few stories, but it's never been the main focus. So...this was enlightening.

I felt like Regina was the kind of person we all would be in that situation. She clings to what she can of her past--songs, Bible verses, her language, her name. But as time goes on, it's sort of forced out of her. And she becomes someone new.

Sandra Strange
Though the protagonist of this story is only 10 when the story begins, the story covers her nine year captivity/life with the Allegheny Indians during the French and Indian War. The themes are mature, including a lot of bloody violence, much brutality, and an attempted rape, (though the description is tasteful and inoffensive). The protagonist is based on an actual captive who learned to live and survive as an Indian, then had a hard time adjusting to white society. Very positive. Very good pict ...more
Dec 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
My fifth grade son heard about this story when he went to history camp a few years ago so when he saw a friend had this book he asked if he could borrow it. He read it quickly and told me about each chapter as he read it. The story really drew me in so when he was finished, I picked it up to read too. Very good book and I enjoyed it a lot. Sometimes it seemed to move quickly without enough detail for me so that explains the four star rating. I am sure this was mainly because it is aimed at child ...more
Excellent book! I read this when I was younger, and remember thoroughly enjoying it.

Regina is nine when she and her sister are kidnapped by Native Americans. This story shows the struggle of the captives. How, after living with the Indians for awhile, wonder where their loyalties lie ... WHO they are. Are they Indian, are they white? Who was wrong, who was right? Regina saw first hand the tragedies of both peoples.

A really thought-provoking, interesting, bittersweet tale. And based on a true st
Oct 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
A kidnapped pioneer child is raised by the Native Americans that killed her family. She is adopted,learns to be a member of the tribe, then is kidnapped once again by the US Army, who make her wear stockings, march through desert, and is made to be white again, returning her to her "real" family. I was really moved by this book when I was a child and while the biases are obvious, it still is extremely moving. It was one of my first tastes in US history and Native American way of life, and it mak ...more
Nicole Crosby
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This was read to me in 4th grade. Every day or so my teacher would read a chapter, and waiting for those days was torturous. I remember that she didn't know how to pronounce Tskinnak and said it like Tnisk.

My sister and I were obsessed with this book. After fighting over who would be Tnisk, we would act out the story for hours. It became a regular play date.

I purchased this book recently because it had made such an impact when I was young, and I still love it. And I still read her name as Tnis
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: history buffs
For as much of a history buff that I am, I feel like I didn't often go back as far as the time of the French and Indian War. The first half of this book it was at hard times to get into or stick with, however, as the book went on, I really appreciated how it kept me engaged. The author did a very good job of portraying Regina's situation and her thoughts to help the reader understand what it must've been like to live as a captive of the Indians for many years. Will Regina ever reunite with her f ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was unpredictable. I kept expecting the author to wrap up all the loose ends, but then I remembered: she's writing historical fiction. She has no obligation to wrap up loose ends. And in some ways, she didn't. There are things that left me wondering at the end of the story, there are things I wanted to know, but those questions weren't answered. But it was done in just a way that I really didn't mind.
I read this one back in fourth or fifth grade. I still vividly remember parts of's quite violent in places. There's also some adult themes as Regina gets older. I just skimmed the reviews and read that there's another book telling the story from her sister's perspective. I'll have to check it out!
I remember reading this as a teen---and the point is I still remember it. I remember being fascinated by the story and the fact she had been abducted by native americans and had watched them scalp her family.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books, ya
My sister loved this book and I could never figure out exactly why. As far as I know, she never read any real capture narratives. I always confused this one and "Calico Captive" by Elizabeth George Speare.
May 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books I have ever read (granted, I read it quite a few years ago, but still!). You really fall in love with the characters, and it is both exciting and touching at the same time.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read it over and over
April Pernyak
Oct 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Read this way back in the 5th grade and will never forget how amazing this book is. I Am Regina is still to this day my favorite book.
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing. A pageturner plot that will keep you on your toes. Simply fab.
Dec 26, 2014 added it
this book was so incredibly racist i had issues getting past the first chapter.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this book when I was about 10 years old. I remember being profoundly stirred by this story, although the intervening decades have caused me to forget the meat of the book.
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