The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary

The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary

by Patricia Hermes
     
 

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In Pat Hermes' sequel to Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth faces harsher times as she records the colony's daily struggle for survival. The My America series will be relaunched with new covers.

The story of the feisty, determined Lizzie of Pat Hermes Our Strange New Land continues in this installment with the departure of both Captain John Smith and Lizzie's dear

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In Pat Hermes' sequel to Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth faces harsher times as she records the colony's daily struggle for survival. The My America series will be relaunched with new covers.

The story of the feisty, determined Lizzie of Pat Hermes Our Strange New Land continues in this installment with the departure of both Captain John Smith and Lizzie's dear friend, Jessie. Facing new challenges, Lizzie records in her new diary all of the challenges that face the struggling colony.

ndeed, food is scarce and there is no one left who can deal with the Indians wisely. As a result of starvation and disease, Lizzie watches hopelessly as many of the settlers die. She records all of this, but even more, she records the intimate lives of the children who remain there, along

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Children's Literature
This "My America" title has much in common with its big sisters in the popular "Dear America" series of historical fiction from Scholastic. First, it is written in a journal format. Second, it features as its main character a strong, capable girl who, while fictional, is drawn from the experiences of actual girls and women who lived in a particular period of American history. Third, this fictionalized diary conveys to contemporary children many facts about the challenges and joys of daily life in our American past. The major difference is that "My America" books are written for slightly younger readers, those wanting to take their first steps into chapter books. In this story, the protagonist is Elizabeth Barker, a nine-year-old inhabitant of Jamestown, the 17th century English colony struggling to survive in the New World. Elizabeth and many other characters have been carried over from Hermes first book, Elizabeth's Diary. The story picks up its thread in October of 1609. As a harsh winter looms, the colony faces both a lack of food reserves and a lack of leadership in the wake of Captain John Smith's return to England. Elizabeth's best friend, Jessie, sailed away on the same ship. Her twin brother, Caleb, is expected to rejoin the family soon, traveling on a supply ship that the London Company has promised will arrive in May. But with deadly diseases raging within the settlement's stockade walls and unfriendly Indians outside, Elizabeth wonders who will be left alive to greet him. 2001, Scholastic, . Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Dianne Ochiltree

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439199988
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2001
Series:
My America Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.58(d)
Lexile:
360L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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