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I am Regina
Keehn, Sally M.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell Publ., [1993]

Physical Description:
240 pages ; 20 cm.
Iccutan (post-1500)
Reading Level:
720 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.4 8.0 6984.
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Kidnapped The cabin door crashes open and in a few minutes ten-year-old Regina's life changes forever. Her father and brother are killed, her family's Pennsylvania home burned to the ground. And Regina has been captured by Allegheny Indians. She can only hope that her mother, away from home this fateful day, lives.Befriended by kindly Nonschetto, Regina begins her new life, learning to catch the wily fish maschilamek, to dance the Indian dance, to speak the Indian tongue, to stand up to the vicious Tiger Claw. Still, as the years go by, she does not forget the song she and her mother used to sing together. Will the two ever meet again?

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Booklist Review

Gr. 8-10. Based on a true event, this direct story follows the experiences of Regina Leininger, kidnapped in 1755 at the age of 10 from her family's farm in the Pennsylvania wilderness by Indians who killed and scalped her oldest brother and father. At the time of the attack, Regina's mother and another brother are away on a trip. Regina and her sister, Margaret, are brutally force-marched across the country with a group of other captives, mostly children. Margaret's ill-fated escape attempt leads to her being tied to a tree, which is set afire (a graphic scene that may haunt some readers); luckily, however, Margaret's pluck results in a last-minute reprieve. Separated from Margaret and renamed Tskinnak, Regina desperately tries to hold on to her white identity while she is gradually being assimilated into her new one. Eventually, she comes to respect and even love her captors; not only does she grieve when many are killed by smallpox, but she is also horror-struck when she hears of Indians being killed and scalped by whites. By the time she is rescued in 1764, she can no longer speak her native German and remembers nothing about her early years except for a song her mother used to sing. A story marked by both brutality and kindness, not unlike other frontier tales of Indian-white conflict, Regina's first-person narrative will draw readers in with its vivid sense of immediacy. Unfortunately, the jacket art personifies the Indian as the stereotypical savage. ~--Sally Estes

Publisher's Weekly Review

As the French-Indian War makes its way closer to her home, 10-year-old Regina's worst fears are realized when Indians attack her home. According to PW, "Raw and sensitively written, this well-researched account of a factual story neither shies away from the horrible truths of war nor sentimentalizes its emotional content." Ages 10-14. (Jan.)n (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-- A first-person narrative based on the true story of a young woman held by Indians from 1755-1763, related with all the impact of a hard-hitting documentary. Entering an impoverished Indian village, ten-year-old Regina has difficulty forgetting the murders of her father and brother, which she had witnessed. Gradually memories fade, and she truly becomes Tskinnak, no longer remembering even her beloved mother's face. Her days are filled with minding Quetit, a younger captive entrusted to her care; with providing for the needs of her household; and with worrying about the future. It becomes apparent that the Indians, for whom she cares a great deal, are being betrayed in their relations with the white men. When the American army frees the captives and arranges for them to rejoin their birth families, Tskinnak regrets deserting the tough old woman who has raised her. The images of the white women rejoining their families, many of whom are now strangers, are memorable. Regina/Tskinnak's story is a dramatic one, while the portrayal of the Indians' fate is simply told; the combination makes wonderful reading. Readers will hardly realize how much they're learning in the pleasure of the story. --Susan F. Marcus, Pollard Middle School, Needham, MA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.