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Children's LiteratureIn 1607, 12-year-old Sam Collier sails to Virginia on the Susan Constant in Surviving Jamestown, a riveting novel of England's first settlement in the New World. As page to John Smith, Sam becomes involved in important historical events including befriending the Indians of Powhatan's tribe, surviving the sickness that sweeps the colony and dealing with infighting and spies. An extensive author's note bears testimony to author Gail Langer Karwoski's careful research into Jamestown's first year and sheds new, skeptical light on the popular legend of Pocahontas saving Smith's life. Occasional black-and-white illustrations by Paul Casale help young readers envision the period, especially the settlers' clothing and Indians' dwellings. 2001, Peachtree, Ages 8 to 12.