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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0142409324
LANGUAGE: English

"Eleven-year-old Samuel Collier, an orphan with a temper and in trouble with the law, travels to North America as the servant of Captain John Smith, and has a firsthand role in establishing James Town. The book does a good job engaging readers in the fetid voyage across the Atlantic, the miserable early years within the settlement, and the class divisions among residents. At the beginning of the book, Samuel shares the other Englishmen's fear and revulsion for the native people they will encounter in the Caribbean and for the Powhatan who inhabit the land the Virginia Company will claim for the King. But by watching Smith, the Powhatan he will interact with over the course of the story, and the conduct of his fellow English, Samuel's views change.

The book feels well researched. The author's note at the end provides intriguing insight into her research processes and examples of where, based on the record, she has made certain conclusions or assumptions. Those few pages after the prologue are not to be skipped and, if you're reading with a kid, provide good fodder for discussion. Racist language and sometimes gruesome violence might make this more appropriate for middle school readers.
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" It was okay but I saw lots of moments where it could be so much better than what they were doing. " said.

" I think that this book teaches a really good lesson. This is a really good book/ " said.

" Historical Fiction. First English Settlers at James Town and their interactions with the Native Americans. I just finished reading this one to my children and it was riveting. Carbone also included a section at the end detailing her research. " said.

" I thought that this book was great it had all the qualities i like in a book it was funny, it was sad and depressing and it was based on a true story that was historic fiction.But i wish there was another book because itdident end as i had hoped it ended with him in a family i wish you could read the story of how he grew up.Katie " said.

"I read a book called "Blood on The River" by Elisa Carbone. It was a science fiction book. I thought that this book was a good way of telling about a historic event. The book was set in the late 19th century and was mostly about the first British settlement in america. The main character in the book is Samuel he is a boy whose age was around 12 years old. Through out most of the book Samuel was Captain Smith's servant. Captain Smith was also a very important character in the book. He was very smart and serious. Richard was one of Samuel friends. In the bigging of the book Samuel and Richard didn't like each other but by the end of the book they were very close friends." said.

"I really enjoyed this book although I am not a fan of historical fiction. I felt that you could really picture the setting and characters. For instance when Samuel and Richard were fighting on the ship I felt I could really imagine what the other passengers were thinking and where they were fighting (what it looked like). Also when the natives attacked then I could clearly imagine what it was like. Especially when one of the men came back with James's body. However some things I disliked about the book is how it just cuts off when Samuel and Ann go to point Comfort and in the afterword you learn that James town starves and kill most of the natives. I would have enjoyed a bit more of a story on this but everything else I really enjoyed." said.

" In Jamestown 1607, a boy fought to survive, that boy was Samuel Collier. He was a hard headed boy with anger issues, that was also very stubborn. This book teaches a lesson about how to curb your anger, and make decisions out of love, not anger. It all starts when he beats up a fellow orphan named Richard who later becomes his best friend. The teachers force him to be Captain John Smiths servant. What a life! He then finds out America's no easy road. My favorite part is when Samuel steals a baby and takes it to a safer place. Here is what he says to a soldier on guard,"I have to report you to captain Davies, my commanding officer. I groan. My meat ration for a month? I offer him. His face lights up and leads me to his tent." I definitely recommend this book to advanced readers who enjoy long chapters." said.

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