For younger girls in this age group, this is easy, gentle reading. The story is based on an episode from the author's family history. Barbara, the one little girl among the families settled in 18th century frontier Pennsylvania, cemented her friendship with an India by giving up her bread and butter treat when they first met. It had real sugar on it and the Indian cam back -- perhaps for more. His presence was Barbara's secret. Although they never exchanged a word, she knew they were friends. A good part of the story is given over to glimpses of household, family and community routine which is informative. The climax comes as abruptly as Barbara's kidnapping She was swept up by a mounted Indian and taken to the tribe's camp. Fortunately her secret friend was a member and he quietly re-kidnapped her and led her home. On her return, there is an uncomfortable amount of to-do made about how undesirable it is to keep secrets from parents, but taken altogether, this is pleasant, very feminine adventure cum history and the illustrations by Garth Williams are handsome, adding the necessary humor.