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Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone

Posted by Laura Losch on August 28, 2009

Hi Everybody! This is the first of many book reviews I will post this year. All the book reviews I post are always books that I’ve read and enjoyed (or maybe not)!

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Elisa Carbone

I know, the name of the book sounds kind of scary, boring, and really serious, but this is a wonderful book! It’s the classic story of the English coming to America in search of spices and gold and whatever else they were hoping to find, BUT this book is from the viewpoint of Captain John Smith’s page Samuel (or personal helper). Does everyone remember Captain John Smith? He’s from the famous Pocahontas story (by the way she shows up in this story as well). Samuel is an orphan who is lucky enough to be picked to travel with the Englishmen to The New World (better known to us as the United States 🙂 ). Some of Samuel’s stories are funny and others are scary! The long boat ride over that he describes sound just plain old awful! But Samuel’s view of all the adults fighting over their resources in the newly created Jamestown is priceless! And we also get to see Samuel’s view of the savages (better known to us as Native Americans 🙂 ). But if you remember anything about the story of Jamestown, you’ll remember things go terribly wrong and the Englishmen do not come prepared for winter. You’ll have to read to find out what happens and if Samuel makes it through this historic journey. . . . . available now in the media center!

See you in the library!Blood on the River

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