A Kidnapping in Kentucky, 1776

The Kentucky frontier was a beautiful place, but also a dangerous one. Jemima Boone and John Gass often heard wolves howling, bears growling, and snakes slithering through the tall grasses. There was no store, no school, no doctor at Fort Boonesborough. The settlers were on their own to deal with whatever threats arose.

This history adventure for readers ages 8-12 tells the tale of what happened one July day in 1776 when Jemima, Daniel Boone’s 13-year-old daughter and two friends are kidnapped. The search party includes 12-year-old John Gass, a loyal friend, and Jemima’s dad, Daniel Boone.  The novel is based on a true event.

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Reader Reviews

“Makes Me Curious About History — This is the story of the kidnapping of Daniel Boone’s daughter. Although this is a fictionalized version of what happened in 1776, it really makes me want to dig deeper about the history of that period in time. Luckily, the back of the book includes a timeline, questions and answers, glossary, and a list of sources for further exploration.”

“A True, Thought-Provoking Story — A KIDNAPPING IN KENTUCKY by Elizabeth Raum begins on a lazy Sunday afternoon in Boonesborough ten days after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The exciting true events that follow are shared in alternating chapters through the perspectives of Jemima Boone, the kidnapped girl, and twelve-year-old John Gass, her friend. The supporting detail from Raum’s impeccable research grounds the story and gives it a sense of urgency while providing insights into what life on the frontier was like. As she wrote in her author’s note: ‘Fights between frontier settlers and various American Indian tribes are a fact of history. These are often sad stories. Entire communities were destroyed on both sides. It’s tempting to pretend that this did not happen. But it did. Learning about our history, understanding not only what happened but why, helps us to make better decisions in the future.'”

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