The Elizabeth Spicer Story

The cover of the book "Elizabeth the Brave" by Trisha Thomas
The cover of the book “Elizabeth the Brave” by Trisha Thomas

Dear Blog Readers—

My story about my five times great grandmother Elizabeth Spicer who was captured by Native American Indians and lived with them for a couple of years back in the 1700s has finally been published. I first posted the story on this blog many years ago, see blog post “Elizabeth the Brave” if you want to get a sneak preview.

Here is the write-up from the back of the book:

Twelve-year-old Elizabeth Spicer is a plucky pioneer girl living in a time when settlers and frontiersmen are pushing Native American Indians off their lands, invading their hunting grounds, and killing them. As she and her family go about their daily life in a log cabin in Pennsylvania, they begin to hear rumblings that the Indians are on the warpath. When she glances up one day and sees Indians approaching their cabin, Elizabeth does not realize that her life is about to be changed forever.

Without any idea of what has happened to the rest of her family, Elizabeth is captured along with her brother, Billy, and taken to a Shawnee village by Singing Arrow, a fierce warrior. Fearing her parents are dead, Elizabeth bravely attempts to learn the Indian culture and befriends the daughter of Elizabeth’s adoptive mother, Raincloud. While Elizabeth nurses a grudge against Singing Arrow, Billy throws himself into his new life. As they learn to survive in different ways, Elizabeth and Billy discover the bonds of friendship, the value of peace, and the significance of unconditional love.

In this tale based on a true story, a feisty pioneer girl and her brother must find happiness among a Shawnee Indian tribe after they are captured and taken away from their family and home.


My publisher suggested I promote the book in schools, bookstores and libraries in the United States but that is a little hard to do from Italy.  However, I would be thrilled to present the book to any English language schools, libraries or bookstores in Italy.  The book is for an 8-13 age group. If anyone is interested, please let me know at this email address:

If you are interested in buying the book you can find it on the following websites:



If any of you do buy it and read it, please do me a favor and write an on-line review.


9 thoughts on “The Elizabeth Spicer Story”

  1. Yay!!! Hurray!!! Yippee! This is such wonderful news, Trisha! And, I think the Lincoln Library will happily host you to talk about the book, and August is not the best time, so I hope you can come to the States at Thanksgiving or late winter and do this. And I think a piece sent to the Boston Globe,. . . American journalist living in Italy covering the Pope for AP, publishes book about her foremother, captured by Natives . . . would definitely make it in the Cognoscenti section of the Globe.
    And when in Lincoln, you should go talk to Betty Levin, who wrote children’s books for years and more importantly belonged to a national Children’s Lit group of authors and librarians and would know how to go about promoting your book. Betty is also a shepherd, or she was, and a great friend, so you can tell her I said Hi.
    Well Done, Trisha!

    1. Trisha Thomas

      Thank you Nancy. I am still contemplating how I might promote this book a bit and you are giving me lots of good idea. It would be a good idea to come to the US around Thanksgiving and do some book readings and if I do I will definitely contact Betty Levin. Now on to the bigger book project that never seems to get off the ground.

  2. Oh Trisha – I had no idea of this ancestor of yours or the book you were writing. Congratulations and I will indeed buy the book(s), give it as gifts and write a review for you. Bravissima cara!

    1. Trisha Thomas

      Thank you Linda. I did not talk about this project with many people but I have been working on it for a while. I wished I could have had more time to travel to Pennsylvania and do more research, but it is just too far. I am glad it is finally done and I hope you enjoy it.

    1. Trisha Thomas

      Thank you Kay. I hope you like it. If you do, would you mind doing a review on or — I still need to get my other book done on being a mother and journalist in Italy, but that is going to take me years! One step at a time.

  3. Kathy Woodall

    Wow Trisha! This is incredible news!! Congratulations! I’ve ordered a copy for my school library from Amazon. I can’t believe this story is true – so looking forward to reading it.

    1. Trisha Thomas

      Thank you Kathy — I really appreciate your enthusiasm and support. It is a little frustrating being here in Rome and not really able to promote it properly.

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