Roanoke: Mystery Of The Lost Colony
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Roanoke: Mystery Of The Lost Colony

by Lee Miller
     
 

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The lost colony of Roanoke is one of America's oldest and most intriguing historical mysteries.

The lost colony of Roanoke is America's birthplace and one of America's oldest mysteries. What makes this book unique is that every clue furnished by primary documents is treated as evidence. It answers the three questions essential to solving the mystery: Why were

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The lost colony of Roanoke is one of America's oldest and most intriguing historical mysteries.

The lost colony of Roanoke is America's birthplace and one of America's oldest mysteries. What makes this book unique is that every clue furnished by primary documents is treated as evidence. It answers the three questions essential to solving the mystery: Why were the lost colonists lost? Where did the lost colonists go? Why were the lost colonists never recovered?

The answers come from the clues the colonists themselves left and are startling:
* The colonists were not lost because of bad luck or a shortage of food, but because they were sabotaged! (cont.)

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
The mystery of what happened to the English colony on Roanoke Island off the coast of the New World has long interested and puzzled archaeologists and other researchers. Established under the auspices of Queen Elizabeth and at the behest of Sir Walter Raleigh, the Roanoke colony was to be a jumping off point for English privateers charged with the disruption of Spanish gold shipments. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the original settlers on Roanoke had to be abandoned. Upon the return of an English relief expedition years later, the colonists were found to be missing. The disappearance of these settlers remains an unsolved mystery and one that author Lee Miller addresses in this illustrated work. In Miller's book readers are provided a comprehensive look at the history of the Roanoke settlement, the main actors who played a part in this chain of events, and some suppositions about what may actually have happened to the colonists. Throughout this book Miller exhibits a thorough understanding of the historical facts that make up the Roanoke legend. However, when the author engages in detective work aimed at providing a plausible explanation for the seeming disappearance of the English settlers, the literary trail grows cold. In fact, while this is a well researched and carefully constructed book, it is not one that flows with any great smoothness. In the end Roanoke: The Mystery of the Lost Colony, while certainly a work of scholarship, lacks narrative appeal and may well have a limited audience.
VOYA - Kevin Beach
One of the earliest mysteries of American history concerns the fate of the lost colony of Roanoke, founded in 1587. By 1590, the colony was deserted; no trace of the settlers was ever found. There is, however, much more to the story. This excellent book looks into the competitive political situation that pitted the Spaniards against the English in the New World, the mistreatment of the Secota Indians who shared the territory around Roanoke, the threat of pirates, and the changing attitudes of Queen Elizabeth toward Walter Raleigh and other supporters of the colony. Through the examination of many primary source documents and drawings, many reproduced in the text, it becomes apparent that egos, conflicting ambitions, an impending war with Spain, and neglect led to the ruin of the colony. It took three years for rescuers and supplies to reach the abandoned colony. By then, only a cryptic message carved in a tree trunk, "CROATOAN," remained. The first white child born in America, Virginia Dare, was lost to the ages. Over the next twenty years, there were tales passed down from later colonists about inland tribes holding white captives and sightings of blue-eyed natives wearing English clothing and sporting crosses. In this fascinating look at the darker side of history, the author colorfully describes how cruelty, military blunders, and ruthless political ambition led to disaster for some unfortunate colonists. The book is successfully pared down to an elementary level from her adult book on the same topic.
Kirkus Reviews
The story of the early settlements in America is one of greed, starvation, massacres and ruin, and the disappearance of the Roanoke colony is one of America's great historical mysteries. Where most works for young readers leave the subject a mystery, Miller tells the tale as a detective story full of spy networks, sabotage, "accidents" and political posturing, and purports to solve the mystery, letting readers in on the thrill of historical investigation. Source notes, however, are mostly for primary sources, and inclusion of an author's note would have been an opportunity to show how the author arrived at her conclusions. Also, for a book so rooted in geography, a good map would have been helpful, as would a bibliography for young readers who wish to read further. Still, the handsome design, the lively prose and the trappings of the mystery tale will make history buffs read this in one big gulp. A good match with Jean Fritz's The Lost Colony of Roanoke (2004) and Michael Cooper's Jamestown, 1607 (Jan. 2007). (historical cast, time line, source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 9+)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439712668
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Roanoke Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
900L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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