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Poison in the Colony: Jamestown 1622 is now out in paperback! 

Poison in the Colony

The fascinating companion title to the award-winning historical novel Blood on the River: James Town 1607.

After the colony of James Town is founded in 1607. After Captain John Smith establishes trade with the Native Americans. After Pocahontas befriends the colonists. After early settlers both thrive and die in this new world . . . a girl is born. Virginia.

Virginia Laydon, an infant at the end of Blood on the River, has now grown up in a colony that is teetering dangerously on the precipice of conflict with the native Algonquins. Virginia has the gift, or the curse, of the knowing-an ability that could help save the colony, and is equally likely to land her at the burning stake as an accused witch.

Virginia struggles to make sense of her own inner world against the backdrop of pivotal years in the Jamestown colony. The first representative government is established, the first enslaved Africans arrive, and the self-righteousness of the colony's leaders angers the Algonquin.

When Virginia's mother first learns of her gift, she is terrified. Kill it, her mother says, or they will kill you. When accusations and danger threaten, Virginia learns that she is on her own; her mother must protect her young sisters rather than stand up for her. So begins a journey of self-realization and increasing strength, as Virginia goes from being a self-protective young girl to someone who knows she must live her own truth even if it will be the end of her.

ISBN-13: 9780425291832




Cliff Hanger
Elisa climbing The Dangler (5.9)
at the Shawangunks in New York.

Elisa Carbone is a full-time writer and a part-time rock climber, windsurfer, white water paddler, organic gardener and blues piano player.

"One minute she is buried in documents researching deliveries of paint to Manteo and Pea Island, North Carolina in 1895. The next minute she is windsurfing or rock climbing or kayaking the whitewater of the Potomac River. Elisa Carbone pays attention to accuracy and detail whether she is working on her next historical novel or finding the best crevice for her foot on the next rock."

Washington Parent

(Feature excerpt.)


Book Titles

Poison in the Colony: James Town 1622 (March 2019, Viking Books for Young Readers)
The sequel to Blood on the River: James Town 1607. 

Diana's White House Garden (May 2016, Viking Books for Young Readers)
Picture book based on the true story of Diana Hopkins, the ten year old poster child for the WWII Victory Garden at the White House Illustrated by the very talented Jen Hill

Heroes of the Surf (May 2012, Viking Books for Young Readers)
Picture book based on a true rescue at sea story Illustrated by the very talented Nancy Carpenter

Jump (May 2010, Viking Books for Young Readers)

Many Windows: Six Kids, Five Faiths, One Community (June, 2008, Napoleon and Co.)
Co-authored with Rukhsana Khan and Uma Krishnaswami

Night Running: How James Escaped With the Help of His Faithful Dog (January 2008, Knopf)
Picture book based on a true Underground Rail Road story
Illustrated by the very talented EARL B. LEWIS

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 (May 4, 2006, Viking Books for Young Readers)
Be prepared to be taken back to the year 1607 when 104 English settlers landed in the New World.

Last Dance On Holladay Street (2005, Knopf)

The Pack (2003, Viking Juvenile)

Storm Warriors (2001, Knopf)

Stealing Freedom (1998, Knopf)

Sarah and the Naked Truth (2000, Knopf)

Starting School With an Enemy (1998, Knopf)

Corey’s Story: Her Family’s Secret (1997, Waterfront Books)
[first published as My Dad’s Definitely Not a Drunk! (1992)]

Teaching Large Classes: Tools and Strategies (1998, Sage Publications)

Barnes & Noble link to all Elisa Carbone Books