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Deerfield, Massachusetts is one of the most remote, and therefore dangerous, settlements in the English colonies. In 1704 an Indian tribe attacks the town, and Mercy Carter becomes separated from the rest of her family, some of whom do not survive. Mercy and hundreds of other settlers are herded together and ordered by the Indians to start walking. The grueling journey -- three hundred miles north to a Kahnawake Indian village in Canada -- takes more than 40 days. At first Mercy''s only hope is that the English government in Boston will send ransom for her and the other white settlers. But days turn into months and Mercy, who has become a Kahnawake daughter, thinks less and less of ransom, of Deerfield, and even of her "English" family. She slowly discovers that the "savages" have traditions and family life that soon become her own, and Mercy begins to wonder: If ransom comes, will she take it?

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"The drama of history unfolds in this gripping tale.” -- School Library Journal

"Cooney’s trademark staccato delivery keeps the pages turning.” -- Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of The Face on the Milk Carton, and its companions, Whatever Happened to Janie?, The Voice on the Radio, and What Janie Found, as well as many other acclaimed novels.

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Deerfield, Massachusetts

February 28, 1704

Temperature 10 degrees below zero

Dear Lord, prayed Mercy Carter, do not let us be murdered in our beds tonight.

Mercy tucked her brothers in, packing them close. Or any night, she told the Lord, shifting her weight from foot to foot. Even though she wore both pairs of stockings to bed, the cold of the floor came through the heavy wool. It was the coldest night she could remember during a winter when every night had been colder than it ought to be.  Downstairs, where the fire was blazing, one of the soldiers had tried to write a letter to Boston and his ink had frozen.

She kissed each brother good night. The boys were wearing most of their clothes, which made them fat and funny under the quilts. She dreaded getting into her own bed, because she slept alone, and only body heat could keep anyone warm tonight.

Before she shuttered and barred the window, Mercy knelt to look out. In spite of twenty soldiers quartered in the village and every Deerfield man armed and at the ready, Mercy could never fall asleep until she herself checked the horizon.

Just below the window was the vegetable garden, covered now in three feet of snow. Against the barn, which sheltered one cow, two sheep and a pig, were drifts taller than Mercy, crusted over from freezing rain. Out beyond the stockade, icy fields gleamed like lakes in the starlight.

None of the children had been allowed out of the stockade since October. This winter a hen in the yard was not safe from an arrow, or a child from a bullet. Surrounded by thousands of square miles of wilderness--and they were 4 trapped in ten crowded acres.

Aunt Mary and Uncle Nathaniel and their two children, too afraid of Indian attack to stay on their farm, had been sleeping on the floor downstairs since the governor had first warned of possible attacks.

Four rooms. Seventeen people. Week after frigid week.

It was amazing that the three hundred citizens of Deerfield were not killing each other instead of waiting for the Indians to do it.

Lord, she wished her father were home. He had ridden down to Springfield to buy molasses and tobacco. Without Father, the house felt weak and open, even with soldiers sleeping downstairs. Even with Uncle Nathaniel.

Indians sneak up, Mercy reminded herself. Nobody can sneak across such crusty ice. We''d hear their feet crunching a mile away. Father said so.

Except that when the Indians had come last October, there''d been no sound. Mercy had been the only witness, leaning out this very window.

October in Massachusetts was crimson berries and orange pumpkins, tawny grass and bright red sumac. The colors called to Mercy like bugles; like battle cries. She had unpinned her hair to let the wind catch it and pretended to be the figurehead of a ship, although she had never seen the sea, or even a lake.

"I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills!" she told the horizon. She loved this psalm. "From whence cometh my help."

Swinging so far out the window that her fingertips barely held her safe, Mercy had spotted Zeb and John heading toward Frary''s Bridge to bring in the cows. The tall grass around their thighs made them swim in dusty gold. Mercy''s hair was the same color, like wheat in the sun, and she was admiring her own thick yellow hair when out of the grass appeared Indians, as natural as wildflowers. Before Mercy could choke back her psalm, they had encircled Zeb and John.

One shot was fired, one dash stopped, two surrenders made.

Zeb and John and the Indians vanished over a rise and out of Deerfield forever.

The boys had known better than to fight. Fighting meant a tomahawk to the head. Surrender meant a chance to live.

And Mercy had known better than to sound the alarm. Taking the boys was bait. The English would do anything to save one another. All the Indians needed to do was capture one white and the rest of the English would come running to the rescue.

Ambush was the Indian form of battle. They did not like casualties. It was not their plan that they should die; only whites. So if Mercy were to scream, the sentries would mount up and the whole village rush in pursuit. But the English would find their horses shot from beneath them, and where only Zeb and John had been lost, now twenty might die.

So Mercy had stayed silent.

The grass closed in, the captives were gone, and the world went on, full of color and glory.

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help? Mercy thought. Maybe in Israel, in the days of King David, the Lord sent help from the hills. But Massachusetts? Help does not come from our hills, Lord. Only Indians.

Mercy had shaken her fist at the Lord. How could you let those savages take Zeb and John? Why aren''t You on our side? You sent us here! Take care of us!

Five months ago, and Mercy still trembled when she remembered her rage at the Lord God. It was the kind of thing that turned the Lord against Deerfield. Every sermon Mr. Williams had given this winter dealt with sin. The Lord had no choice, said Mr. Williams. Deerfield must suffer. Mercy had done her part to anger the Lord and she knew it.

Mercy pulled the shutter across the window, fastened it with the wooden bar and climbed into her freezing bed to consider her sins.

She had woven five yards of cloth today, but the Lord would not care about that. He would care that she harbored evil thoughts toward all three brides in Deerfield.

She was envious of Sally, who had gotten a perfect husband in Benjamin Burt. Horrified by Eliza, who had married an Indian, even if Andrew was a Praying Indian. Sickened by Abigail, whose choice was a French fur trader twenty years older than she was. How could Abigail marry a Frenchman? The French were the enemy. The English were at war with the French!

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I started reading and could not put the book down, literally. The author wrote in such a fashion that drew the reader into the story and could feel the emotions and struggles of both the captive and those who did the destructive ravaging work and kidnapping in virtual... See more
I started reading and could not put the book down, literally. The author wrote in such a fashion that drew the reader into the story and could feel the emotions and struggles of both the captive and those who did the destructive ravaging work and kidnapping in virtual time. The book provoked a lot thought. The internal struggle and conflict between religion, culture, social structure, etc., of the main characters was so real. I was, further, very happy the way the author concluded the story. It was like being brought back to level ground after an intense in depth read. For any who enjoy reading about the early years of our country this is a must read. To add another thought, the book gave a great appreciation that the hardships and conflicts which individuals of the past experience are no longer experienced today. I am thankful that we basically have a good life void of the fears lived in the past.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2019
I just finished reading this book and am moved to write a review. This story is compelling and very insightful. And, in my opinion, it rings true. I highly recommend it for readers of any age who are interested in the topic of white captives in the early years of New... See more
I just finished reading this book and am moved to write a review. This story is compelling and very insightful. And, in my opinion, it rings true. I highly recommend it for readers of any age who are interested in the topic of white captives in the early years of New World settlement by the Europeans. The writing flows well and there are very few proofing errors. I found myself picking up the book every spare moment because I really wanted to find out what happened to Mercy. I was not disappointed as to how the story ended. Wonderful book!
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A non-traditional perspective on an important historical event
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2021
Great young adult book that’s engaging for adults as well. Provides and alternative perspective on the famous Deerfield raid. Of the young people who were captured less than half chose to go back to New England when they had the chance to do so after the war. Most of them... See more
Great young adult book that’s engaging for adults as well. Provides and alternative perspective on the famous Deerfield raid. Of the young people who were captured less than half chose to go back to New England when they had the chance to do so after the war. Most of them preferred to continue living with the Indians.

It’s a bonus that Mercy Carter was my seventh great aunt. Three of her nieces married three brothers from the north family and all became Leading citizens of Walton New York.
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Native American Raid on Old Deerfield Village with Captives Taken on Forced March
Reviewed in the United States on December 3, 2015
Well written & I''ve read a lot of books about children captured by Native Americans since I was in 4th grade (many years ago). I recommend this book for adults even though it was written for older children, When I lived in Mass. from 1957 to 1966, I visited Old Deerfield... See more
Well written & I''ve read a lot of books about children captured by Native Americans since I was in 4th grade (many years ago). I recommend this book for adults even though it was written for older children, When I lived in Mass. from 1957 to 1966, I visited Old Deerfield Village a number of times. Having done so, helped me better visualize the Native American attack on the community is described. In addition, being familiar with the topography & the Berkshire Mountains gave be a better understanding of the forced journey the prisoners endured. How any of them survived is truly amazing; but, then, they did not live with central heating, etc. as we do today.
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a little less than the quality I was expecting
Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
It was a little bit worse than the quality I was expecting, but at least it didn''t cost too much. I wanted one of the original covers, not the newer one, so this was an old mass market paperback that had been taken out of circulation in a library. The pages are yellowed,... See more
It was a little bit worse than the quality I was expecting, but at least it didn''t cost too much. I wanted one of the original covers, not the newer one, so this was an old mass market paperback that had been taken out of circulation in a library. The pages are yellowed, the edges are bent up, and library tags are still attached and won''t come off without ripping the book itself.
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Valuable book for young teens
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This is a young adult book that I read as a mentor for a group of young teenage girls. It is compelling in its complex yet clear examination of themes of family, loyalty, religion, duty, diversity of cultures, importance of the development of one''s own identity; all told... See more
This is a young adult book that I read as a mentor for a group of young teenage girls. It is compelling in its complex yet clear examination of themes of family, loyalty, religion, duty, diversity of cultures, importance of the development of one''s own identity; all told within a simple story and with very clear and compelling writing. The world a lot of teenagers live in today is very murky as to these themes and it is refreshing to find the themes clearly delineated and viewed in a world where things are very different from, yet much the same as, today''s world. I wish all of today''s teenagers had to read this book.
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Why is a lot of this fictionalized?
Reviewed in the United States on March 22, 2021
I was disappointed to find out that the writer fictionalized a lot of the book. The general circumstances are true and some of the events, but upon researching mercy Carter and other captives I found that a lot of this was fictionalized. Could we just stick with the facts... See more
I was disappointed to find out that the writer fictionalized a lot of the book. The general circumstances are true and some of the events, but upon researching mercy Carter and other captives I found that a lot of this was fictionalized. Could we just stick with the facts please?
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I read a lot of books and this is a great read of the time period and Iroquois people
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