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Children's LiteraturePeter Cook is a hard-working young boy who lives in England. His master, who considers Peter a son, treats him very well. Peter's life is good until his master dies of the black plague. Because Peter was around his master during his illness, the other residents throw him out of the house for fear that he carries the disease. Alone, Peter must fend for himself until he meets a group of people called the Separatists who plan to travel to America to gain religious freedom. Peter joins them on their challenging voyage to the New World. When Peter finally arrives in the New World, he meets the native people. Peter becomes good friends with the Indians, especially Squanto, and even celebrates the first Thanksgiving with them. I found this book exciting, enjoyable, and educational, all at the same time. The story will keep children involved because it is eventful while also teaching history, and would be a great way to get children excited about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims. Because the story is amusing and lively, it will spark a desire to learn. Most of all, I like the way the author created a thrilling and educational story on a level that young readers can understand. Although the story is simple, it contains many important historical facts while enticing the reader to read more. 2002 (orig. 1963), Herald Press, Ages 12 up.
— Melissa Olwell