The Corn Raid: A Story of the Jamestown Settlement

The Corn Raid: A Story of the Jamestown Settlement

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by James Lincoln Collier
     
 

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Life for indentured servants in pioneer Virginia is hard. It is doubly hard for Richard Ayre, a London orphan who had been scooped off the streets as a child and sent to the Jamestown Colony. But a chance encounter with an Indian boy his own age gives him a friend, the first real friend he has had in years—until his master’s plan to raid an Indian village

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Life for indentured servants in pioneer Virginia is hard. It is doubly hard for Richard Ayre, a London orphan who had been scooped off the streets as a child and sent to the Jamestown Colony. But a chance encounter with an Indian boy his own age gives him a friend, the first real friend he has had in years—until his master’s plan to raid an Indian village for corn turns Richard’s world upside down.

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This entry in the "Jamestown American Portraits" series shows what life might have been like for a youth without a family in colonial America. Being taken from his British homeland and brought America did not free 12-year-old Richard Ayre, but indentured him instead. He will serve unknown years of bondage to Laydon unless he can figure out how to release himself from this invisible contract that holds him in Virginia. Life is boring until a Native American boy Richard's age walks into his world and causes major chaos. Will Richard decide to help the man who holds him captive or will he help the young warrior? Loyalty comes with a high price and so does freedom. On the surface, the author has an interesting plot that shows young readers what life was really like in some parts of colonial America. The problem lies within the characters themselves. What are the odds that a colonial American will have the opportunity to indenture a Native American boy and keep him on his property for any amount of time? Unfortunately, the character Richard is one-dimensional and does not have any emotional impact on the story. The story simply moves through events, without character growth of either boy. The story twists and turns too many times to be realistic and support the historical data. Young readers need a hero that breathes true. 2004, Waterbird Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Julia Beiker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781620646816
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/01/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
103
Sales rank:
1,035,510
File size:
1 MB

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James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet Out of the Past. Mr. Collier has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life.

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