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Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier Paperback – January 1, 2001


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Peachtree Pub Ltd (January 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561452459
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561452453
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 5-7-Sam Collier, 12, thinks he "is the luckiest boy in all of England!" He is about to sail onboard the Susan Constant for the New World and will be Captain John Smith's page and apprentice for the next few years. The new colony in Virginia is a struggle to maintain-the colonists are unprepared for the hard physical labor, the unfriendly natives, the lack of food, and the harsh climate. Disease rapidly diminishes the population. Smith is a strong leader, but many of the colonists do not trust him. He is not a "highborn Englishman," and he was never cleared of an earlier charge of mutiny. When he is named to the ruling council, there is outrage, and the tone is set for the remainder of the book. The story takes place between 1606, when the ship sets sail, and 1609, when Smith returns to England. It is told primarily in the third person with occasional intrusions of Sam's thoughts as he questions a situation in which he has been placed or a decision Smith has made. This technique adds depth to the portrayal of the page's character, enhancing the fact-filled text. The story flows well and is a good fictional introduction to Jamestown. Casale's full-page pencil drawings nicely supplement the text. Maps aid in locating travel routes and Virginia sites mentioned, and an "Author's Note" helps to separate fact from fiction.

Patti Gonzales, Los Angeles Public Library

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"...The book should be recommended to readers who have enjoyed the DEAR AMERICA and MY AMERICA series." -- Voice of Youth Advocates, August 2001

"Readers of historical fiction will enjoy reading about [Sam Collier's] courage in an unsettling time." -- Kliatt, July 2001

More About the Author

Gail Langer Karwoski writes books for kids of all ages. Her work includes novels and nonfiction for middle grades and young adult readers as well as "green" picture books. Her books are inspired by curiosity, enriched by research, and spiced with personality. They are widely used in schools throughout the country and have appeared on state award lists in Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Mexico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, and more. She has been named Georgia Author of the Year in Juvenile Literature three times.

A lively speaker, Karwoski often visits schools, libraries, and conferences to talk about her work. She was born in Boston, Massachusetts and holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and teaching certificates from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Chester, moved to Georgia in 1974 and have raised two daughters, Leslie and Geneva, and many bossy cats. Gail taught grades 3-12 in public schools until 1998; she co-wrote her first book (The Tree that Owns Itself) with a teaching colleague.

For detailed info on her books and awards, visit her website: www.gailkarwoski.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E M. on October 3, 2013
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I purchased this book as part of my Homeschooling curriculum using Trail Guide to Learning Paths of Exploration, Jamestown Section. My boys LOVE this book. I absolutely see them reading it for fun after we are done with this section of our curriculum.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 6, 2013
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My son doesn't "like to read" because it's boring, but he loved this book! The adventure and danger held his attention and he learned a lot about this historical era too.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 7, 2001
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A thrilling adventure! More thrilling even than all her other books combined!
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