Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

by Elisa Carbone
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Blood on the River 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 108 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book 'Blood On The River' is an enthralling historical fiction. It is also a very captivating story. It keeps your attention and it doesn't go off topic. Five Star rating*****. I like this book because it was so funny. Example one: 'I would like to speak to Samuel, please,' said Henry. 'Henry, I'm Samuel!' said Samuel. 'He's a savage!' said Henry (Samuel had been living with the Algonquins for quite some time so he looked rather like one.) Example two: 'How far can you skip a rock?' said Samuel. 'Further than you,' said Richard. Example three: 'Is your mistress eating some of your food rations' Samuel thought when Ann walked up to pick some flowers and she looked rather underfed. I also liked this book because the characters change. For example, Samuel changes from being independent to being dependent. As I said before, five stars for Blood on the River. It's worthy of a Newberry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good but theres too many charectors and we are reading this book as a class in 5th grade.ooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkk.ooooooooooookkkkkkkkkk.peach:)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Young Samuel Collier starts off a street rat in London until he bcomes the young page for Captin John Smith, his life twists into good fortune. Aboard the Susan Constant and in the New World Samuel learns many skills from a noble and intelligent man Captain John Smith. Elisa Carbone tells an overwhelming adventure so I do recomend it. The New World is a tough place to live, it is not anything like the people in England said it would be. They said gold would wash up with the tide. I highly recomend this book because it is thrilling and because of it's theme, that you will not always be at a low rank. Captain Smith starts off a commoner but soon becomes president. I also recomend this book because of how Elisa Carbone makes you feel Samuel's struggles and feelings beacause of his thoughts and actions. New settlers came and sabotaged Indian villages so will the peace they had with the Indians last? Will the colony survive winter? Will samuel become something? If you want these questions answered read the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Luv it........amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this in my 5th grade clas and it was the best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book I read for school and it is vry informative, just maybe too informative, what I'm trying to say is that it's not very entertaining. But other than that good book.
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
It is 1606, and Samuel Collier is an eleven-year-old orphan. His father had drunk himself to death, and his mother died in the poorhouse. Upon his mother’s death, her locket was taken to a pawn shop to fetch a little money to cover Samuel’s food. However, Sam runs away from the poorhouse, lives on the streets, and then steals the locket but is caught and turned over to a minister named Hunt who runs an orphanage. It just so happens that Mr. Hunt is accompanying a Virginia Company expedition to establish a settlement in the New World, and he offers Samuel the opportunity to become the page for Captain John Smith. This historical fiction book chronicles the first couple of years in the history of Jamestown through the eyes of young Samuel Collier. The question is, will he survive? Author Elisa Carbone, who grew up in Virginia, has written several other books of historical fiction for young people about the region. Her Stealing Freedom (1998), based on a true story of a young Maryland slave girl’s harrowing escape to freedom on the Underground Railroad around 1855, was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, and her Storm Warriors(2001), about racial prejudice against the African American surfmen of the U.S. Lifesaving Service on Pea Island off the North Carolina shore in 1895, won Virginia’s 2002 Jefferson Cup Award. When I saw Blood on the River on sale in a discount book store and noticed that it was historical fiction for young people about Jamestown, I immediately picked it up. The author evidently did a lot of detailed research to present a very accurate picture of the Jamestown colony and what happened there. She writes, “Though in some instances the dialogue is taken from the original records, for the most part I have invented dialogue, thoughts, personalities, and the like. And I have simplified a story that is far too complex to be contained in one book.” Samuel Collier was a real person, though Carbone says that she had to invent his family life and origins. He did accompany Captain Smith on two expeditions, was left to live at a Warraskoyack village for a time, stayed in Virginia when Smith returned to England, and when he grew up was appointed the leader of a Virginia town. There are a few references to drinking ale and wine and a couple of instances where people were said to be completely naked in public. Also, the terms “by God” and “my Lord” are each used once as an interjection. And Sam does a little bit of lying, especially towards the beginning, although he does learn to accept responsibility as he works with John Smith. Otherwise, this is a very well-written and interesting historical fiction account of the Jamestown story for middle and high school students.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book for a school project. It was assigned. I usually don't like books that my teachers pick out but Blood On The River is one of the best books I've ever read. I'm also not a fan of historical fiction but this book completly changed that!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite read aloud! My teacher read it to my 5th grade class and I loved it all! Since we could only read a chapter a day, it was impossible to put down. Elisa Carbone is the best author in the world of historical fiction! Please write a sequel!
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Joy to read. Great life lessons
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bealive you on so many levels!! : - )
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5th grade and i just have to read it again because it was amazing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is about a wierd kid
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to read this for fith grade and is it any goog?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing its about a not that trys to take his moms locket back and ends up on a ship to the "new world" and has to learn to help others and that he's can't do everything by himself my teacher is reading this to my class and we are on chapter 19 and every time a chapter ends everyone starts to groan causr they don't want our teacher to stop reading well I'm tired of typing so bye
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