Nine-year-old Elizabeth lives with her family in the Jamestown settlement. In this, her second diary, she describes her family's struggle to survive during the winter. Food is scarce and the settlers are wary of venturing outside the fort for fear of being attacked by Indians. Things become more desperate when sickness sweeps through the fort. In a last-ditch effort to save her family, Elizabeth ventures out to seek help from her friend Pocahontas in a nearby Indian village. The historical detailsare woven so intricately into the plot that they become an integral part of the story. While there is not much action, the sense of difficulty and harshness the settlers faced is apparent. Elizabeth is a mature and responsible figure who seems to act beyond her years. A "Historical Note" describes the situation at the real Jamestwon settlement and shows black-and-white drawings of the fort and its inhabitants.
---School Library Journal, June 2001