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Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Key Words: Fiction, Colonial America, Survival, Romance

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Book Description:

In the year 1754, the stillness of Charlestown, New Hampshire, is shattered by the terrifying cries of an Indian raid. Young Miriam Willard, on a day that had promised new happiness, finds herself instead a captive on a forest trail, caught up in the ebb and flow of the French and Indian War.

It is a harrowing march north. Miriam can only force herself to the next stopping place, the next small portion of food, the next icy stream to be crossed. At the end of the trail waits a life of hard work and, perhaps, even a life of slavery. Mingled with her thoughts of Phineas Whitney, her sweetheart on his way to Harvard, is the crying of her sister’s baby, Captive, born on the trail.

Miriam and her companions finally reach Montreal, a city of shifting loyalties filled with the intrigue of war, and here, by a sudden twist of fortune, Miriam meets the prominent Du Quesne family, who introduce her to a life she has never imagined. Based on an actual narrative diary published in 1807, Calico Captive skillfully reenacts an absorbing facet of history.


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Sexual Content

Lust - 4 Incidents

“A man looks boldly at a girl in a way that was … disturbing.”

Some girls tease about liking and marrying certain guys.

A girl is envious of another girl having a dance partner to take her to the ball.

A girl notices how a young man looks at her and makes her uncomfortable.

Miscellaneous - 14 Incidents

There are a few dances in the book.

A girl undresses for the night.

“Two of the savages… dragging a shrinking and almost naked Susanna.”

At night “Miriam was forced to lie down between two Indians, a heavy cord thrown over her body and held securely under theirs.”

A woman gives birth (not detailed).

Mentions often that Indians are half naked (shirtless).

“If they expect me to undress while they all stand and watch me and laugh at me, they can wait all night.”

“I marry Pierre, have French babies.”

A girl’s clothes were ripped, exposing her shoulder.

Two ladies wear dresses that are “scandalous low.”

A young man compliments a girl and touches her curls.

A girl spends time with a young man and he touches her elbow and holds her hand while walking. That night she thinks about him and another guy she likes.

A girl receives a letter from a boy she likes and he makes it understood that he really likes her. The girl thinks on this.

A young man proposes to and kisses a girl.


Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 1 Incident


Scatological Terms - 1 Incident

Bl**dy (as in lots of blood)

Religious Profanities - 9 Incidents

when heaven only knew, God forgive me, praise be, goodness no, thank goodness, good heavens, by all the saints, oh God in heaven

Derogatory Terms - 1 Incident

old hag

Violence - None

Conversation Topics - 4 Incidents

A pipe is smoked.

Catholicism is discussed. Although a girl is not catholic, she wonders if it is so wrong.

Card games and dice are mentioned.

Wine is mentioned and a character gets drunk.

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