Pocahontas, True Princess by Mari Hanes was published by Multnomah Books (1995).

Pocahontas, favorite daughter of the great Chief Powhatan, is ten years old when she stops Captain John Smith from being killed by her people. She becomes a favorite visitor of the English colonists. In her efforts to make peace, Pocahontas clashes with the priest of the war god in her village. She is kidnapped in an effort to stop all out war between the two peoples. While staying in the home of a minister and his wife, she embraces their faith. There she meets and decides to marry John Rolf. She and her son later journey with him to England, where she is warmly received.

This is the spiritual journey of a young woman growing up in a changing world. The voice of Pocahontas is both brave and endearing. Even though the essentials of her life are widely known, this story still captivates the reader.

In this historical fictional account of the life of Pocahontas, the author attempts to stay true to a wealth of historical facts handed down through journals, letters, and other records. She wants to paint an accurate picture of Algonquin life in the early 1600s and treat the actions of both Native Americans and English colonists fairly.

The book is suited for upper elementary and middle school readers. Due to the nature of this period of history, there is violence, suspense, and loss. But this tale leaves a lasting impression of a girl who embraces great adventure with incredible courage.

Donna Fujimoto is a graduate of Alliance Theological Seminary. She has published both devotionals for adults and short stories for teens. Her children love to read.

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