THE COURAGE OF SARAH NOBLE
New York : Atheneum Books
for Young Readers, 1986.
IL 3-6, RL 4.4
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we look at a map of the United States now, it is hard to imagine that at
one time, a part of what is now the state of Connecticut was once a vast
wilderness with huge, towering trees, and only Native Americans living
This story is based on the
real life adventure of a young girl, named Sarah Noble, who at the age
of 8, traveled with her father from one of the English settlements to a
new area called New Milford.
In 1707, after Sarah’s father,
John, bought land from the Indians, he and his daughter traveled to the
new land to start working on a new home for the rest of the family who
would come later. The last thing that Sarah’s mother said to her
before she left with her father was “Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble”.
After arriving on the new
land, Sarah discovers that keeping up her courage is more difficult than
she ever imagined! There are scary sounds at night when she tries
to go to sleep. Occasionally, her father must leave her alone in
the cave which is their temporary home, while he and their horse, Thomas,
build the log cabin which will be their permanent home. And one day,
when her father is gone, Indians arrive! What should she do?
Her father and all the other English settlers have told her that she shouldn't
fear the Indians, as they have been treated fairly and are friendly, but
when they actually appear in front of Sarah, that is a different matter!!
(Francoise H. Fussell, firstname.lastname@example.org,
University of South Carolina, College of Library & Information Studies)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- Fiction.
Fear -- Fiction.
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