|Plot Summary of Alone in an Untamed Land|
|"After their father dies of smallpox in the winter of 1666, thirteen-year-old Helene St. Onge and her older sister, sixteen-year-old Catherine, are left all alone in the world, their mother having died when Helene was a baby. Catherine decides they will leave France to make a new life in the New World. New France is mostly populated by men, and women are needed for their wives. Catherine will marry a settler, and Helene will help in her household until she is old enough to marry. But things do not go as planned. Catherine dies during the long sea voyage, and Helene finds herself arriving in New France, all alone in a strange new land. Helene must then struggle to build a new life for herself in this new world. She must contend with the brutal cold of winter, the hardships of day to day life in a new settlement, and her severe loneliness. "
Rebecca Herman, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Alone in an Untamed Land|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 17th century
Kids growing up/acting up?
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Age 11-14
Exploring into the wild
kind of story
- colonizing/settling in new area
Age group of kid(s) in story:
- high school
Parents/lack of parents problem?
- orphan story
- a teen
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
- natural phenomena
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 4 ()
The Americas (not US):
- sail boat
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
- written like a journal/diary/letters
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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