|Plot Summary of Ransom's Mark|
|"Olive Oatman is thirteen years old in the fall of 1850 when her father decides the family will live their Illinois farm and go west to California. Olive, her parents, and her six siblings join a wagon train west, but have trouble from the start. Their leader turns out to be unreliable, and changes their destination. The wagon train splits several times, until the Oatmans eventually end up on their own in dangerous Indian territory, because her father is unwilling to wait at the safety of a village for another wagon train to join. Olive fears the worst will happen, and she is right. Renegade Indians attack the Oatmans and massacre most of the family, sparing only Olive and her seven-year-old sister, Mary Ann, who they take captive. Olive struggles to keep up hope during her captivity and to adjust to her difficult new life, all the while trying her best to protect frail Mary Ann. "
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Ransom's Mark|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- American wild west period
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
Exploring into the wild
kind of story
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- White (American)
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- long-lived adults
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- an above average amount
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 5 ()
- dying of thirst, sunburn
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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