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Children's LiteratureIn this nonfiction recounting of the voyage of the Sea Venture, Karwoski's story telling gift is evident. Bound by facts, she still allows readers to feel the blasting of hurricane force winds, stinging ocean salt sprays, and the rush of helplessness experienced by the crew and passengers on this fated 1609 voyage. Was it a miracle to be battered by winds and end up far from where voyagers expected? See for yourself when you read this informative book. Bronze statues and photos, historic art, and drawings highlight sidebars, which are full of facts. Illustrator John McDonald contributes excellent art of a woodcutting nature. Illustrations in grays, blues, blacks, and whites are woven around text. The lack of bright colors adds to the tale of misfortune long ago and far away. An extensive bibliography, additional websites, and full index round out the book. Add it to classrooms studying history about Jamestown in the 1600s. When you do, students will have a "real" focal point to enhance history of the period. 2004, Darby Creek Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.
—Nancy Garhan Attebury