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The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary
by Patricia Hermes
This continuation of determined Lizzie's story ( Our Strange New Land) continues with the departure of both Captain John Smith and Lizzie's dear friend, Jessie. Facing new challenges, Lizzie records in her new diary all of the challenges that face the struggling colony. As a result of starvation and disease, Lizzed watches hopelessly as many of the settlers die. She records all of this, but even more, she records the intimate lives of the children who remain there, along with that of her new baby sister.


The New Americans: Colonial Times: 1620-1689
by Betsy Maestro
This ongoing series introduces our country's history to young readers in an appealing picture-book format. Clear, simple texts combine with informative, accurate illustrations to help young people develop an understanding of America's past and present. The New Americans is the story of the colonists -- the more than 200,000 new Americans -- who came over from Europe and struggled to build a home for themselves in a new world. Part of Maestro's The American Story series.

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Surviving Jamestown: The Adventures of Young Sam Collier
by Gail Karwoski
In 1607, 104 men set sail aboard three tiny ships on a voyage to a new land. What they found became the first permanent English settlement in the New World -- Jamestown. Among the brave adventurers who made the journey was a young boy named Samuel Collier, the page of famed Captain John Smith. Samuel was one of the few to survive the harsh realities of the New World during the first few years of Jamestown. Based on author Gail Karwoski's careful research of the era, this fictional account portrays the struggles and successes of our country's earliest settlers, as seen through the life of a young man. Young readers will enjoy following this story of courage and survival while learning about this important period in the history of the United States.

Everyday Life in Early America
by David F. Hawke
In this clearly written volume, Hawke provides enlightening and colorful descriptions of early Colonial Americans and debunks many widely held assumptions about 17th century settlers. He argues that most pioneers were not young and that their families weren't much larger than present-day households. In addition, he states that adults lived longer than has been believed and that most early settlers were artisans and craftsmen with little knowledge of farming, although the wilderness soon forced them to adapt. Hawke includes entertaining discussions of what the first white Americans ate. He also discusses how colonial Americans were punished for crimes and how they treated enslaved blacks and indentured servants. (Publishers Weekly)


Outrageous Women of Colonial America
by Mary Rodd Furbee
American history is rife with stories of our founding fathers, but what of the women who lived and worked alongside these men? This fun and exciting book whisks young readers back to early America, introducing them to a refreshing assortment of brave and unique American women of colonial times. Readers will be amazed by the stories of such remarkable colonial women as Mumbet, a slave who won her freedom in a Massachusetts courtroom in the 1780s, and Peggy Arnold, the wife of Benedict Arnold, who was as formidable a spy as her notorious husband. Furbee brings these strong and influential women to life to encourage, inspire, and delight young readers. Part of the Outrageous Women series.




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