Captive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journals of John Jewitt

Captive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journals of John JewittCaptive of Friendly Cove: Based on the Secret Journals of John Jewitt
Written by: Rebecca Goldfield
illustrated by:
Mike Short and Matt Dembicki
Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
Format: Softcover, 11 x 7.5, 168 pages, Full Color, $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-93621-811-0


This story has been told before. It's been told by the main character himself, both in his own handwritten journal and in his own theatrical dramatizations that came years afterward. It has perhaps never been told as vividly as this, however. With the acclaimed nonfiction graphic novelist Matt Dembicki on board the collaborative team (Goldfield, Short, and colrist Evan Keeling) behind Captive of Friendly Cove presents the true story of John Jewitt to an entirely new generation of readers. Based on Jewitt's secret journal kept while being held captive by a local native American tribe on the shores of the North American east coast in the early years of the 19th century, this graphic novel highlights some foundational philosophies about personal freedom and responsibility during the early years following the American Revolution.

Captive of Friendly Cove is a perfect fit for cross-collaborative content area education between Language Arts and Social Studies curriculums. While the Social Studies content covers the time period and the resounding themes critical to better understanding early 19th century social linguistics and geopolitical conflict, the Language Art content addresses early and newly liberated North American character and thematic relationships between native Americans and European-based newcomers. With both content area subjects in mind and humanitarian themes pulsating throughout this memorable and conversation-enticing graphic novel will find a permanent home in middle school and high school classrooms and libraries for years to come.

English Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot: John Jewitt's mates have been killed by the Native Americans of Friendly Cove. Escaping death only for the moment, Jewitt believes his destiny is locked and sealed. He's as good as dead. Or so he thinks. Instead of killing him, however, the local Native Americans who killed his shipmates take him hostage and assign him the role of slave. Through the saving grace of their leader, however, Jewitt is not necessarily treated as a slave. From the words of his own journal Jewitt shares his true and amazing experience as the captive of Friendly Cove.

Major Characters: John Jewitt, John Salter, Maquinna, Maquinna's wives, Satsatsoksis, Toowinnakinnish, John Thompson, Quannotze, pervious foreign sailors, Tatoosch, Totoosch's son, sailors Hall and Wood, Eu-stoch-ee-exqua, Chief Upquesta, Hill

Major Settings: Friendly Cove, the Boston, Nootka Sound, Chief's home, the shore, the garden, Tashees, Cooptee, Ai-tiz-art, the Lydia

Major Themes: culture, friends and enemies, freedom and slavery, faith, forgiveness, colonial American history

Relevant Reading / Literacy Common Core Standards For Young Adult Readers

Craft and Structure

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

Analyze how an author's choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it (e.g., parallel plots), and manipulate time (e.g., pacing, flashbacks) create such effects as mystery, tension, or surprise.

* The number(s) referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (corestandards.org)

Reading Lesson Idea for Young Adult Readers in Language Arts Grades 9 - 10:

Directions: In order to fully comprehend the significance of Jewitt's story the reader must grasp the ways in which Jewitt crafts and structures his story in journal format. For that reason, the graphic organizer below is formatted to help students read this graphic novel's visual interpretation alongside Jewitt's journaled, prose-based thoughts. Collectively the categories guide student readers through a process in which they will document the events in the story, their own reading responses to those events, the words and/or images most significant to those events, and, finally, how all of that information collectively influences both the tone and the tension in the storyline.

Pages Read

Events Journaled by Jewitt

My Reading Response to Those Events

Words and/or 
Images Most Significant to Those Events

How Does All of this Reveal  the Tone of Jewitt's Story?

How does all of this Influence the Tension in Jewitt's Story?





















































































































































































































































Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2013); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (in press, 2014). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her two wiener dogs, Sam and Max.