Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone
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Twelve-year-old Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the streets of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the Susan Constant, bound for the New World, he can’t believe his good fortune. He’s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he imagined. The lush Virginia shore where they establish the colony of James Town is both beautiful and forbidding, and it’s hard to know who’s a friend or foe. As he learns the language of the Algonquian Indians and observes Captain Smith’s wise diplomacy, Samuel begins to see that he can be whomever he wants to be in this new land.

About Elisa Carbone

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Elisa Carbone ( lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Hendricks, West Virginia.Nancy Carpenter lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published September 20, 2007 by Puffin. 260 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Lucky to escape the gallows but doomed to servitude in the New World, young Samuel Collier instead finds adventure and a chance to remake himself, away from the streets and orphanages he has known.

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