Trouble's Daughter

Trouble's Daughter

The Story of Susanna Hutchinson, Indian Captive

Book - 1998
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Susanna Hutchinson is the youngest daughter of Anne Hutchinson, who was exiled from her Boston community for her radical stand on religious freedom. The family eventually settled on Long Island Sound.Susanna is 9 years old when Lenape Indians massacre her family and take her captive. Despite the massacre, the Lenape treat her well, and she grows to love them, particularly the wise woman of the tribe, who reminds Susanna of her mother, Anne. Susanna discovers her own visionary powers and uses them to help her adopted people, until, at 14, she is devastated to learn she has been ransomed and must return to colonial society.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Delacorte : 1998
ISBN: 9780385326001
Branch Call Number: FIC Kirk
Characteristics: 247p


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Nov 26, 2014

Thoroughly researched telling of the capture and cultural assimilation of the daughter of Anne Hutchinson, Susanna.
Her time with the Lenape people is filled with heartache, spiritual awakening, companionship, growth learning, and love. This book deserves a place with such classics and award winners as Scott O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Dec 06, 2011

Based on a true story, Trouble’s Daughter by Katherine Kirkpatrick tells the story of Susanna Hutchinson whose family farm was attacked by Delaware Indians in 1643. Her family were massacred and Susanna, who was nine at the time, was taken captive. She had caught the attention of Delaware, Wam-Pak by the color of her red hair and he took her to replace a daughter that had died from smallpox.

Susanna lived with the Delaware for almost 6 years, when due to the terms of a Peace Treaty, she was traded back to the Dutch at New Amsterdam. She was reunited with an elder brother and moved to Boston where she eventually married and many famous Americans such as US Presidents James Garfield, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and both Presidents Bush are among her descendants.

Covering the years of her captivity, this YA story allows the reader to work through all the emotions that Susanna feels, from terror, sadness, anger to eventual acceptance. Of course, as she came to finally embrace the Delaware as her family, she had to face the ultimate betrayal of seeing them trade her back to the white people. A well researched and interesting historical fiction story.

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