Betsy Urban Waiting for Deliverance

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Waiting for Deliverance

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In 1783, orphaned fourteen-year-old Livy and her cousin Ephraim are taken in by a woodsman and his family, including a young Seneca man who changes Livy's attitudes toward the Indians she was raised to hate and fear.

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Grade 7 Up-Leaving Massachusetts for barbaric western New York in 1793 is horrible enough. But when the rest of their family drowns in an accident, 14-year-old Deliverance (Livy) Pelton and her cousin are sold at a Pauper's Auction. Their new master, Gideon Gunn, was adopted by Seneca Indians as a child. Livy's inbred antagonism toward Indians is challenged as she becomes acquainted with Gunn's brother, Rising Hawk, and then is taken to a Seneca village to teach the women how to spin. An accusation of witchcraft causes Livy and Rising Hawk to flee just as angry settlers attack Gunn and burn his house. All obstacles are overcome, and at book's end Livy accepts Rising Hawk's offer of marriage. Waiting for Deliverance has immense potential. Unfortunately, it falls short. Urban can't seem to decide whose story she's telling; she continually switches point of view. Characterization is based on stereotypes and superficialities, rather than in-depth study. Livy is the heroine, but most of what readers learn about her comes from other people's observations, and they never fully understand her; her actions and statements rarely plunge below the surface, and consequently appear meaningless, inconsistent, or unfounded. The story is also bogged down with explanations and unnecessary detail-the history doesn't flow. Finally, the plot smacks a bit too much of 21st-century political correctness.
Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY
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