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Down Ryton Water

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A work of historical fiction for children, telling the story of the Separatists of Scrooby and the Pilgrim Fathers, through the first-person narrative of young Max Over.
369 pages
Published June 1941 by Viking Press (first published January 1st 1941)
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I didn't read a description before I began the book, so I had no idea that I was going to be reading a story of the Pilgrims. I caught on pretty quickly, though, and really enjoyed this very natural telling of the Pilgrims' journeys. In the beginning, I thought Young Matt's voice was awfully sophisticated for a 5-year-old, but I still enjoyed his telling of the tale. And honestly, his voice doesn't change all that much as we follow him into his early twenties. I enjoyed seeing the Over family in...more
Donna Jo Atwood
Young Matt Over tells his story of how and why the Pilgrims went first to Holland and then to America. William Bradford, James Billings, and other familiar historical people appear, but the Over family gives Pilgrims a better name than the cheerless history we got as Kindergarteners.

Read for 30.9 Rachel Lee's TAsk-The Newbery Award, honor book 1942
Interesting historical fiction about the Pilgrims because it gives a lot of the back story. The Mayflower doesn't even show up until 2/3rds through the book.
I really like this author's style. A jaunty, humorous, page turning book. Recommended.
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