• Blood on the River

  • James Town, 1607
  • By: Elisa Carbone
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (257 ratings)

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Blood on the River

By: Elisa Carbone
Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy
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Publisher's summary

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.

©2006 Elisa Carbone (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic reviews

"Lively historical fiction at its best." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Samuel’s account of the voyage to Virginia, political intrigues among the settlers, and the harrowing first winter of the James Town settlement brings to life figures like Smith, Powhatan, and Pocahontas. Details about food and daily life add realism to the story, and quotes from historical sources begin each chapter." (School Library Journal)