- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 - 6
- Lexile Measure: 0820 (What's this?)
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (September 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0142409324
- ISBN-13: 978-0142409329
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 234 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 Paperback – September 20, 2007
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"Lively historical fiction at its best." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"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." -School Library Journal, starred review
About the Author
Elisa Carbone lives in Maryland and West Virginia.
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This book really takes the story of Jamestown and brings it to life. We read my daughter's history textbook and compared it to what was happening in the "Blood on the River". She was so excited that the book followed so closely with what she was learning. The author does an amazing job of taking the flat history text and weaving a fabulous adventure story out of it. Every chapter was exciting or intense, and it was hard to close the book from one reading to the next.
My kids have never been excited about history before but they were so engaged during this story. Afterwards we watched Disney's "Pocahontas" and my daughter was disappointed that the movie was inaccurate and boring compared to the book. She mentioned how John Smith in the movie doesn't help anyone, and in the book all he does is work hard to ensure everyone is housed, fed, and at peace. My son is 8, and he said (about the movie) "well that was embarrassing".
I personally really enjoyed the author's tone and ability to add appropiate amounts of humor to it. Also, the way she writes made the story a really smooth read-aloud.
I really recommend this book to young and old alike--especially those interested in history. And even for those who don't like history or historical fiction, I dare you NOT to like this one after reading it!!