Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan is an entry in the Dear America series. It was written by Mary Pope Osborne and first published in September 1998 by Scholastic. The book was republished in May 2011 with new cover art. A television film based on the book was released in 1999.


"For my mother"

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"Something strange happened to me today, Papa. Without warning, I began to say all my thoughts out loud. And many of them were most bitter. It happened when I was walking behind the hunter with the eagle painted on his cheek... suddenly my wrath poured out like fire. I told him that I was not a savage like him and the others! I told him that... I despise everything about him and his people.... He did not turn back even once to look at me, nor to command me to be silent. Indeed, I began to wonder if he had heard me at all. Then I wondered if I had even spoken. Was I only thinking these venomous thoughts? I fear I am going mad, Papa. Perhaps invisible too. Worse of all, my ink is nearly for certain, I will totally disappear."

"My name is Catharine. This is my story....
After the peacefulness of Catharine Carey Logan's Quaker community is rocked by terrible attacks against the Delaware Indians, the unthinkable happens: The Lenape take Catharine and her brother captive in retaliation for the violence. Fearing for her life, Catharine is frightened by the "savages." Yet as time passes, a young warrior named Snow Hunter tries to teach her about his people and their ways. Catharine begins to find her place with the Lenape, and to fall in love. But when English soldiers threaten to destroy the Lenape and all that Catharine has come to care for, she must reach deep within herself to remain brave.



Main article: List of Standing in the Light characters



Standing in the Light on VHS

Main article: Dear America: Standing in the Light

In 1999, Standing in the Light was adapted into a television film. The film was produced by Scholastic Entertainment and aired on HBO. It was also released on video cassette the same year. Stephanie Anne Mills starred in the film as Catharine.


Main article: Mary Pope Osborne

Mary Pope Osborne (born May 20, 1949 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma) is a children's book author. Osborne is best known for Magic Tree House, a series of over fifty books. She has written two books in Dear America and three in My America.



"'The author would like to thank The Museum of the American Indian in New York City; The Mercer Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania; The Quaker Meetinghouse in Quakertown, Pennsylvania; and The Churchville, Pennsylvania. She would also like to thank Tracy Mack for her wonderful editing, Marge Custer at The Churchville Nature Center, Sheila Kogan, Diane Nesin, and Melissa Jenkins."


See also

v - e - dDear America

A Journey to the New World | The Winter of Red Snow | When Will This Cruel War Be Over? | A Picture of Freedom
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie | So Far from Home | I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly
West to a Land of Plenty | Dreams in the Golden Country | Standing in the Light | Voyage on the Great Titanic
A Line in the Sand | My Heart Is on the Ground | The Great Railroad Race | The Girl Who Chased Away Sorrow
A Light in the Storm | Color Me Dark | A Coal Miner's Bride | My Secret War | One Eye Laughing, the Other Weeping
Valley of the Moon | Seeds of Hope | Early Sunday Morning | My Face to the Wind | Christmas After All
A Time for Courage | Where Have All the Flowers Gone? | Mirror, Mirror on the Wall | Survival in the Storm
When Christmas Comes Again | Land of the Buffalo Bones | Love Thy Neighbor | All the Stars in the Sky
Look to the Hills | I Walk in Dread | Hear My Sorrow


The Fences Between Us | Like the Willow Tree | Cannons at Dawn | With the Might of Angels | Behind the Masks
Down the Rabbit Hole | A City Tossed and Broken

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