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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607
ISBN: 9780142409329
Author: Carbone, Elisa
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: November 2007
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $5.35
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: When 12-year-old Samuel Collier boards a ship bound for the New World, he can't believe his good fortune. Collier learns he can be whomever he wants in the New World settlement of Jamestown. A "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
Library of Congress Subjects:
Powhatan Indians; Fiction.
Indians of North America; Virginia; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2007021669
Lexile Measure: 820
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Colonial & R
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 0.71" H x 7.76" L x 5.26" W 237 pages
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Middle School, Historical Fiction, Cities & States, Chapter Books, Action & Adventure
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 106127
Reading Level: 5.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q38798
Reading Level: 4.8   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he cant believe his good fortune. Hes heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and its hard to know whos a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smiths wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land.

Contributor Bio(s): Elisa Carbone lives in Maryland and West Virginia.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall)
This readable historical novel is set during Jamestown colony's early years and told by Captain Smith's servant, a poor, unruly boy who is given the unexpected chance to better himself in the New World. Carbone explores themes of leadership, equality, and new beginnings with an even hand and solid documentation. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2006 July)

Gr 5-7 -After attempting to steal back a necklace that belonged to his deceased mother, Samuel Collier is sent to an orphanage run by Reverend Hunt. The 11-year-old joins him on a journey to the New World, serving as a page to Captain John Smith. Samuel's account of the voyage to Virginia, political intrigues among the settlers, and the harrowing first winter of the James Town settlement brings to life figures like Smith, Powhatan, and Pocahontas. Details about food and daily life add realism to the story, and quotes from historical sources begin each chapter. This Samuel is more conflicted than the one in Gail Langer Karwoski's Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier (Peachtree, 2001). His initial selfishness changes as he responds to the reverend, to Smith, and to his new friends. His time in an Indian village and his changing perspectives on the Natives add interest to the story and depth to his character. While the opening chapters move slowly, the pace picks up as Samuel reaches Virginia. This title is a good choice for a tie-in with the 400th anniversary celebrations of Jamestown in 2007.-Beth L. Meister, Pleasant View Elementary School, Franklin, WI

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