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1609: Winter of the Dead: A Novel of the Founding of Jamestown

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Nathaniel and Richard are delighted when Captain John Smith hires them as laborers aboard a ship bound for the New World. They will discover gold! Instead, they find that Virginia is a land of both beauty and terrible hardship. If starvation does not kill them, bitter cold night might.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Tor Teen (first published 2000)
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a book about the early years of the Jamestown colony. It's a realistic story of greed and stupidity among the men behind the founding of the colony and the running of the colony.

The business organization responsible for the founding of the colony was interested in making a quick profit, and people had been mislead to believe that the America was a place where riches could be had just by walking around and picking them up, such riches including gold.

Nathanial Peacock, 15, is the main cha
Dec 13, 2007 Trivi rated it really liked it
The book is about how the first pioneers arrived in Jamestown, Va. It tells about the harshness of the land, the hunger, the diseases, the vermin they had to fight along with the indians, who they couldn't understand. It also tells about how little boys were traded with the indians in order to get interpreters. In short, it's a story of struggle where even though at the beginning friendship was of no importance to the protagonist, at the end he understands that it is the only thing that could ke ...more
Jori Richardson
Nov 23, 2012 Jori Richardson rated it liked it
This book is about a boy named Nat who travels to the Jamestown Colony in 1609 in hopes of making a better life for himself, but instead finds himself facing starvation.
This is a great time period to base a novel on, but I don't think the author did as well as she could have. The reader never really feels the edge on all that the characters go through, and the events seem brushed over. Also, the main character Nat is a completely unlikable brat, and I hate when the characters are like that in bo
Max Willi
Apr 09, 2016 Max Willi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: pre-teens; early teens
Massie animates the Jamestown story we've all read in our history books. She gives life and personality to the various historical characters whose avarice, bungling and bravery are sterilized in most classrooms.

I only rated it a "3" simply because, as a former history teacher, there was no suspense for me as the tale unwound. She's done an excellent job presenting the story. I'd like to think small excerpts of this book would enliven any academic study of the early Jamestown colony.

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Oct 26, 2007 Laura rated it it was amazing
Good historical fiction about the Jamestown colony and how difficult it was for the first settlers. Like most good HF, this had right amount of speculation and plot interspersed with facts and wasn't too "preachy" or unbelievable for the reader.
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History in story form.
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Elizabeth (Beth) Massie is a 2-time Bram Stoker Award and Scribe Award-winning author of horror/suspense, historical fiction, media tie-ins, nonfiction, and short fiction for adults. She also writes novels for teens and middle grade readers. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, illustrator Cortney Skinner.
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