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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607 Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-06-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0142409324
LANGUAGE: English

" 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.

"First of all, this is a book for young readers (10-13?). Anyway, I read it in hopes of finding a novel that might enhance my 8th grade American history class. Another teacher had recommended it, but despite my love of historical fiction, I had my doubts. I have found few examples of historical fiction for young people that I have found riveting. I must admit, though, that Blood on the River held my interest, and I enjoyed reading it. It is the story of a young orphaned boy who becomes the page of Captain John Smith, and accompanies him to the New World in 1607. The author creates a strong sense of place, and appears to be very knowledgeable about Jamestown. I appreciated the details that showed the hardships of everyday life, and the characters ' appreciation of the small pleasures that occasionally brightened their days. And in case you are wondering, this book is not violent, despite its title. Yes, some settlers died in the book, as they sometimes fought with the Native Americans, but it wasn't described in gory detail. I think an adolescent reader, especially some boys, would really enjoy this book." said.

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