Roanoke: A Novel of the Lost Colony

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Sixteen-year-old orphan William Wythers, is eager to try life in the New World. He and the other settlers face an arduous voyage and difficult months ahead on Roanoke Island, off the coast of Virginia. Yet there is a wonderful freedom in defining the rules for this new world in America. And when William falls in love with a young Native American woman, it seems that life is going to be happy after all.

But when John White arrives from England with fresh supplies for the ...

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old orphan William Wythers, is eager to try life in the New World. He and the other settlers face an arduous voyage and difficult months ahead on Roanoke Island, off the coast of Virginia. Yet there is a wonderful freedom in defining the rules for this new world in America. And when William falls in love with a young Native American woman, it seems that life is going to be happy after all.

But when John White arrives from England with fresh supplies for the settlement, not a single person remains. Who knows what happened? An unsolved mystery in American history comes brilliantly alive in Sonia Levitin's historical novel about the lost colony in Roanoke.

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Every major incident and detail of Roanoke is based on historical fact, an epilogue informs the reader. Characters are taken from the log of the 1586 ship Lion, skippered by the infamous Captain Hernandez who, once he makes landfall on Roanoke Island, refuses to honor his contract to sail to Chesapeake. Told in first person by William Wythers, a young pauper who hopes to find treasure and finds Indian friends instead, the story's subplot involves the teenage Elinor Dare, her husband Ananias, who dissipates his power in the effort to please everyone, and Governor White, the colony's leader, who contributes to its doom by sailing back to England after only two months. Author Levitin attributes the loss to the colonists' bickering and frittering their energies away in searching for treasure, to their alienating the mostly friendly natives, and to a plague of measles. Though their story is a sad one of diminution, the main story follows William's friendship with the Croatoan Chief Manteo and his sister Telana, who is of mixed white and Indian ancestry. That allows a hopeful ending, in which William rescues baby Virginia Adair and escapes across the sound with Telana and Manteo. An absorbing story, intelligently told. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks, $4.99. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689837852
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 8/1/1900
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ALADDIN
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2009

    Awesome book!

    Roanoke a novel of the lost colony by Sonia Levitin it is a action historical novel that is great for all ages. My book overall was a very good novel. It was action and adventure with some history in between. The setting of the book is off the coast of Virginia. A sixteen year old boy named William Wythers wants to have a new life in the new world. He faces a difficult voyage on Roanoke Island, off the coast of Virginia. He finds this Native American that he falls in love with. It turns out his life isn't so bad. I like how the author Sonia Levitin wrote the book. She used a lot of excitement and romance with this book. I recommend this novel to every age because if you like history this is a good book for you. It has adventure, action, and history. The story end by William going back to England with his sister but there is a plague of measles so that stops delays them and he stays back with his girlfriend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

    Excellent Historical Novel

    I had to read this book for my AP US History class. I fully expected it to be dull and uninteresting - but I was pleasantly surprised! A nice read if you're into historical fiction. The teenaged main character remained relatable and realistic throughout. A heavy but enjoyable read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2003

    Great, easy-to-read historical fiction

    This book presents itself in a fashion that is entertaining as well as education. This book changed my view of the difficulties both colonists and Native Americans suffered through during this time period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2003

    Very Good Book!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. It's the perfect blend of history, adventure, mystery and romance. I would recommend it to anyone, no matter how old you are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2003

    Roanoke: A Novel of the Lost Colony

    Very good book, I recommended it to everyone! I love American History and you shoul'd read this! BEST EVER!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2001

    GREAT BOOK

    I loved this book. I'm into American history and the lost colony of Roanoke has always interested me. I think that anyone who is into modern mysteries would also appreciate this one. It was never really solved: what happened to the poeple of Roanoke? There are many theories, but no definite answers. This book tells the mystery in the most exciting way I've seen yet, using a young boy who was part of the colony as the main character. As he falls in love with a young Indian girl, he wonders why his fellow colonists think them to be so heathen. But then another tribe, basically outlaws gives him the answers...and then more questions. Are the savages all the same? Who do you trust? As the story unfolds, you get a thirst for the ending...wanting to know what happened. The book was excellent and anyone into colonial times, mysteries, Native Americans, or journeys would love it. Another one of Sonia Levitin's great works!

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