Four hundred years ago, a boy arrived in America . . .
Samuel Collier came from nothing. A street urchin, an orphan, and even a thief, he seems headed for a life in the alleys of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the ship 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 had ever imagined.
The lush Virginia shore where they settle is both beautiful and forbidding, and it's hard to know who is friend or foe.
Based on the true story of the settlement of Jamestown, Blood on the River brings to life a significant time in American history.
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"The best book on Jamestown for young readers, complete with a compelling story and characters you care deeply about. Jamestown will no longer merely be a topic to be studied; it will be experienced in the pages of this book and remain with the reader forever."
-Joan Kindig, Asst. Professor of Reading and Children's Literature, University of Virginia
"Skillfully blending historical figures like Pocahontas, writings from Smith and others, tremendous research, and vivid storytelling, this is an outstanding read . . . As entertaining as it is educational, peopled with compelling characters and exciting plot twists, this book belongs on every shelf." ~ Children's Literature
"Gripping historical fiction . . . a strong, visceral story of the hardship and peril settlers faced as well as the brutal realities of colonial conquest." ~ Booklist