Calico Captive – a Book Review

Calico Captive

Author: Elizabeth George Speare

Book Review by Dani

Calico Captive takes place in Colonial America and Montreal Canada in the 1700's. It is based on a true story. Susanna Johnson, in real life, wrote a diary about when she was taken captive by Indians during the French and Indian War.

This story is about a family that get taken from each other and kidnapped by Indians. They got separated from their family members. They were sold to French people.

One of their own children is changing to become like an Indian. He will not listen to his real family. So everybody is trying to put the family together and make things right again but they have not seen their little boy. He has been with the Indians since they were kidnapped.

The mother of the children lived with her sister in a small, cramped apartment with her little baby and little daughter after they were ransomed.

The part I loved best is when the family got back together again. I learned that hard things happen in life but if you work hard and never give up you can have a good ending.

I would recommend this book to a friend because it helps you to have faith.

I give Calico Captive 4 stars! would have liked to have read more about what life was like for the little boy living with the Indians.

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  1. peacebestill

    You might enjoy "Light in the Forest," which, if I remember right, is about a boy who was taken captive by Indians and then returned to White people. It was very hard for him to get used to White ways and he missed his Indian family. It's been many years since I read that book but it's one of the first books about Colonial America I read that caused me to appreciate Indian ways of living!

  2. Sara

    Having faith is very important! It sounds like a good book. 

    1. Dani Erika (Post author)

      Yes it is and you should read it too!


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