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Cate of the Lost Colony

Cate of the Lost Colony

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by Lisa Klein

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Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeths favorite court maidens-until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Raleghs colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo


Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeths favorite court maidens-until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Raleghs colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists-and Cate-increasingly turn to. Yet just as Cates longings for England and Ralegh fade and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Ralegh will finally set sail for the New World.

Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Kleins newest historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love-kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.

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VOYA - Jennifer Miskec
Before his death, Catherine Archer's father loyally served Queen Elizabeth. For this, Catherine is invited to be one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting. Catherine is as loyal to the Queen as her father was, and she strives for the Queen's favor. But Catherine also grows fond of the charming Sir Walter Raleigh, and her innocent flirtations cause the Queen to dismiss Catherine from her duties, imprison her, and eventually banish her to the colony on Roanoke Island. Told as a fictional story with roots in historical fact, Catherine's story is about her transition into Cate, a brave and strong young woman who sheds the pretensions of the Queen's court for a rough and dangerous life in the new world. Told in alternating voices, Cate's story of love and loss is made all the more tense against the backdrop of the fascinating unsolved mystery of the lost colony of Roanoke. Fans of Klein's distinct breed of historical fiction and romance will enjoy reading about her newest heroine, a young woman from the 16th century whose values reflect contemporary sentiment. Klein's knack for breathing new life into old stories has made her a fan favorite; her thoughtful appreciation of historical fact adds substance and sophistication to her writing. Her established readers have high expectations, and they will not be disappointed with Cate. Reviewer: Jennifer Miskec
Children's Literature - Jody Little
Upon her father's death, young Lady Catherine is asked to become one of Queen Elizabeths' maids of honor. Intent on pleasing the Queen, Catherine does everything she is asked, but she does not anticipate the affections of Sir Walter Ralegh, one of the Queen's favorite confidants. Catherine does not completely understand Sir Walter's attention, and she tries to hide his letters and poems to her from Queen Elizabeth. When the Queen discovers the letters, she banishes Catherine to the tower and later demands that Catherine be taken from England and sent to live in the newly developing colonies of Virginia. Upon arrival on Roanoke Island, Catherine meets challenges once unknown to her: savages, disease, death of her fellow Englishmen, and war between the native peoples and the English. Determined and confident, Catherine stands up to the brutality of her countrymen, and she finds herself strangely attracted to Manteo, a Croatian Indian who calls her his ?Moon Maiden.' As the years pass, Catherine, now known as Cate, and her remaining countrymen go to live with the Croatian people. When an English ship arrives carrying Sir Walter Ralegh, Cate must make a difficult decision. Will she return to England with Sir Walter, or will she remain in the new world with Manteo. This historical fiction novel cleverly weaves fact and fiction from the reign of Queen Elizabeth in the 1500's to the early colonization of Virginia. Cate's narrative is interspersed with chapters containing Manteo's point of view and Sir Walter's fictionalized journal entries and poems. These interruptions are irritating at times, but readers eager to know Cate's final decision will continue reading. Reviewer: Jody Little
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Cate, 14, is a maid for Queen Elizabeth until her emotions get the best of her. When a romance develops between Cate and Sir Walter Ralegh, the jealous queen declares, "He. Is. Mine" and sends her to the Tower.However, the smooth-talking Ralegh is able to convince the queen that the young woman should be sent to America, thinking that he will eventually join her. Clearly this forbidden relationship doesn't evolve, and Cate's life becomes consumed with surviving in Roanoke with hostile Natives threatening to attack. She enlists the help of Manteo to learn their language and, predictably, a romance grows from that. Chapters containing Ralegh's writings and memorandums alternate with those about Cate and Manteo, who is educated in English and charged with negotiations with the Natives. While the writing is smooth and easy to follow, only true American-history enthusiasts will find this novel interesting enough to read in its entirety. The author's note is helpful in clarifying fact from fiction. Celia Rees's Witch Child (Candlewick, 2001) is a more interesting story about this period in history.—Jessica Lorentz Smith, Bend Senior High School, OR
Kirkus Reviews
The fate of England's first American colony is the centerpiece of this engaging romance set during the reign of Elizabeth I. Orphaned at 14, Lady Cate Archer is appointed maid of honor to the queen, whose favorite, Sir Walter Ralegh, becomes infatuated with her. Cate returns Ralegh's feelings, but their dalliance is betrayed, and Cate is sentenced to sail to Roanoke Island with settlers seeking to establish a colony there. Also on board is a handsome young Croatoan, Manteo, brought to England by an earlier expedition and returning home. Inadequately provisioned and poorly led, riven by internal discord and conflict with the native population, the colony quickly founders. As Manteo struggles to help the English and protect his own people, and Cate, growing into leadership, encourages the remaining colonists to reach out to the Croatoans, a powerful attraction develops between the two. This robust, convincing portrait of the Elizabethan world with complex, rounded characters wraps an intriguingly plausible solution to the "lost colony" mystery inside a compelling love story of subtle thematic depth. (author's note) (Historical fiction. 14 & up)

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LISA KLEIN is the author of Lady Macbeths Daughter, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Ophelia. A former professor of English, she lives in Ohio with her family.
LISA KLEIN is the author of Lady Macbeths Daughter, Two Girls of Gettysburg, and Ophelia. A former professor of English, she lives in Ohio with her family. www.authorlisaklein.com

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Cate of the Lost Colony 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Having visited Roanoke Island on a family trip many years ago, I've always been fascinated by the story of the "lost" colony. I was very excited to see that Lisa Klein, a historical fiction author I've read and enjoyed in the past, had decided to put her own spin on the tale. Klein tells her story from three very differnt points of view. Acting as the main narrator, Lady Catherine Archer is a young handmaiden to Queen Elizabeth. She angers Elizabeth by flirting with Sir Walter Raleigh, one of the queen's favorite courtiers, and is first sent to the Tower and then later to England's new American colony, Roanoke. Another part of the story is told through Sir Walter's personal papers--letters, journal antries, and poems, giving readers a glimpse into the man who was the driving force behind Elizabeth's colonial experiment. Still another perspective is given by Manteo, a young Croatoan man who befriends the English, travels to the British Isles, and acts as an embassary between the English and their neighbors back in America. The three narratives blend skillfully to give readers a more complete picture of England's first attempt at colony building. Klein did a lot of research for this work, and it shows. I read Lee Miller's nonficton Roanoke: Mystery of the Lost Colony while reading Cate of the Lost Colony, just to compare it to the "real" story. Klein's attention to detail is amazing, and the conjectures she make seem realistic and plausible. If her story doesn't actually solve the mystery, I can safely say I wish it did! I definitely recommend this book to anyone who has wondered just what did happen to America's lost colony.
booksatruestory More than 1 year ago
Cate of the Lost Colony is about a girl who is banished to the new world by a jealous queen. This is the kind of entertaining historical fiction that also happens teaches you a little something about history. There is a huge cast of characters in this book, most of whom existed in real life. The main characters really shined even though the minor characters often got mixed up in my mind (thank goodness for the awesome character list at the beginning). The main characters Cate, Manteo, and Sir Walter Ralegh all narrate this story. I found the voices of each of the narrators so distinct and beautiful that I could tell within a paragraph or two who was talking even though it wasn’t labeled. Through each of the narrators we get to see the new world from different perspectives. Cate shows us life as a colonist. Manteo shows us the major changes that the Native Amercians went through. Sir Walter Ralegh, who is an historical figure, shows us the glory and wealth people dreamed of finding in America. I loved the summary at the end of the book that explained what was fiction and what wasn’t. It was surprising how much of the story was actually not that far from reality. I read this at the perfect time of year. Who knew that a novel about pilgrims would be such a page-turner? The writing was authentic and wonderful. The romance was amazing. No instant love or cliches to be found. Overall, it was a great historical romance that had me hooked until the last page.
Orla More than 1 year ago
I felt a part of the story from beginning to end. The only parts of the story that were boring, were the entries of Sir Walter Raleigh. But those entries are informative, so they mustn't be skipped. This book was an enjoyable read.
rebecca_herman More than 1 year ago
When her father dies while fighting in the Netherlands in 1583, fourteen-year-old Catherine Archer is left orphaned and penniless. Her fortunes change, however, when in recognition of the fact that Cate's father died in her service, Queen Elizabeth invites her to come live at court and serve as one of her maids of honor. Cate finds life at court to be rather complicated as no one there is truly free, but rather subject to the will of the Queen. That becomes all too clear when Cate's secret romance with Sir Walter Ralegh, a handsome young courtier who is a favorite of the Queen's, is discovered. The furious and jealous Queen sentences Cate to banishment in the new world of Virginia, while Ralegh, who hoped to govern the colony, is forced to remain behind and serve the Queen in England. As she sets out on the sea voyage with the other Roanoke colonists, Cate is filled with many conflicting feelings. After hearing Ralegh's tales of the wild and unsettled land of Virginia, and meeting the young Indian Manteo, brought back to England by a previous expedition, Cate had longed to travel to the new world and see it for herself. But she never expected so much hardship. The colonists are abandoned on Roanoke Island, and their governor must return to England to try and bring back supplies. The first years in the colony are filled with starvation, disease, and death. Seemingly abandoned by England, the colonists are on their own and must find a way to survive. Feeling abandoned by Walter Ralegh and now believing that he never truly loved her, Cate must set aside her memories of him, and her old life in England, so that she may survive and build a new life in this new world, perhaps even finding a new love along the way. I have always been fascinated by the mystery of the Lost Colony of Roanoke, so having enjoyed Lisa Klein's previous books, I was very excited when I first learned about this book. I am happy to say it did not disappoint at all and is in fact one of my favorite books so far this year. Through Cate's story, which is filled with adventure and romance, the worlds of Elizabethan England and Roanoke Island in 1587 are brought to life, and the story ends with a plausible theory of what might have become of the lost colonists. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys historical fiction or who read and enjoyed the author's previous novels.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I had high hopes for this book. A pretty cover, Elizabethan England, the lost colony of Roanoke, romance, and danger makes for a pretty fantastic build up. I was not disappointed. It's a little slow to start, and one charcter annoyed me, but overall I truly loved this book. The setting was marvelous. I tend to love anything set during Tudor England (particularly King Henry VIII or Elizabeth I). I think the author did a fantastic job with the royal setting and what it might have been like to serve Queen Elizabeth I. I first had the impression that the book was set more in the colonies, but it's actually about half and half. I was impressed with the descriptions of Roanoke. I confess I don't know any more details than the few provided by the history books. I felt this did an accurate job of portraying the life of early colonists. I loved Cate. She's a head strong character, which is perhaps why Queen Elizabeth banished her. She never seems to know when to hold her tongue. But, in the end, this character flaw is perhaps what saved them all. I confess to never really liking Sir Walter Raleigh. But, I've learned it seems to be a character flaw of the men Queen Elizabeth loved and controlled. I also like Manteo. His contribution both to the fictional story and in real history greatly intrigue me. He's role in the events make the story that much more real knowing he's a real character in the history books. The story itself is wonderful. I loved the first half set in England. I think it gives a good account of England during that time period. I don't think any characters (including the Queen's) actions differ from any other fiction or nonfiction work set in the same time period. If I thought I loved this first half of the book, it possible I loved the second half even more. I loved watching Cate charge and make friends with the Indian women. I thought it was great that she didn't sit and wait for Sir Walter to come for her. I also thought the ending gave a highly plausible cause and reasoning to what happened to the lost colony of Roanoke. I can't recommend this one enough, and will be looking for the author's other works!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive read lisa kliens opila and lady mcbeths daugther, both were amazing, and was no less impressed! Its a great read for historical fiction lovers.
Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
Catherine Archer is the orphaned daughter of a nobleman, called to attend Queen Elizabeth when she's only fourteen. As one of Elizabeth's maids of honor, Cate stays in the maid's dormitory, runs small errands and tends to the queen needs, particularly caring for her wardrobe (ever wonder who prepared all those pleated and starched neck ruffs? The longsuffering ladies in waiting). The queen inspires devotion, and Cate all but worships her. That is, until Cate begins to fall for Sir Walter Raleigh, a handsome courtier who the queen wants to keep to herself. Poor Cate gets caught up in a storm of trouble that leads her to settle in the legendary "lost" colony of Roanoke in Virginia where she finds love with an English-speaking native man, Manteo. For historical fiction, the novel works very nicely. There's a wonderfully handy guide in the front the book which lists which characters are historical and which are fictional, and whether they appear in England, Virginia, or both. Tidbits of court life at Whitehall Palace seem right in keeping with the times, and the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth's grandness and capriciousness is spot-on. Historical fans won't be disappointed in the level of realism in the action and dialogue. I had some trouble connecting with the characters. Walter Raleigh doesn't get a POV, but several chapters consist of his letters, journal, and poems, all of which make him seem to be an absolutely dreadful person. He's fawning over the aging queen at one moment, then complaining about her in the next, because he doesn't like how she shows him favor but fails to give him money. This leads to him getting into debt by living the high life he expects he'll eventually be able to afford. And even while he's buttering the queen up like a bread roll, he's sighing over Cate, though he's really just falling for her lovely appearance and her general demeanor of sweetness--he never mentions love. Also, he's desperate for riches, which is the impetus that leads him to start a colony in the New World where gold is rumored to be abundant. Raleigh's character bothered me so much that it affected my opinion of Cate, who is a gentle soul but always seems to make the worst decisions. She's about sixteen when she starts falling for Raleigh and she hasn't yet been jaded by court life, so her preference for him could be chalked up to inexperience, but when he has no virtues except good looks and a gift for flattery, it kind of cheapens her love, though she's sincere. We get some Manteo POV, but I didn't get a real feel for his personality, except that he's sensible, peace-making, and wants to be a great and powerful man. He's a much better choice for Cate than Raleigh, but I didn't quite feel the love growing between them, though their story is compelling. Cate of the Lost Colony is well researched and well executed, even if the characters themselves didn't entirely appeal to me. Pick it up if you're interested in this period in history, or are looking for a nice example of historical YA.
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The beginning of the book was sort of slow but when Catherine got to the New World, things became interesting. I would recommend this for readers who like to start of sort of slow.
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