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Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  2,959 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 260 pages
Published (first published May 4th 2006)
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Miles Yes! It's rather short, has historical content (though not all of it is accurate), and very interesting!
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Oct 27, 2008 Meghan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical Fiction Fans
I read this book for my history class. At first I thought it would be a boing read, but it wasn't. The characters were real people from James Town and it was very well researched. I usually don't like reading about James Town because people always make up things about Pocahantas. Hardly anyone believes me, but she is my great great great great (I don't know how many) grandmother. This story didn't make up any silly stories about her falling in love with John Smith. The story is told from the vie ...more
May 09, 2014 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this with my son's 5th grade class.

I really enjoyed this book. It was so engaging and well researched. I could of read this in just a few days because the story flows so well.

My son said he would of rated it 4 stars as well. It makes me happy that he enjoyed it just as much as I did.
I read the book Blood on the River by Elisa Carbone. The book started out in London in 1600s. Samuel, the protagonist, is brought to an orphanage because is parents have died. Samuel and another boy from the orphanage are chosen to help out Reverend Hunt, who is anchorage of the orphanage and Captain Smith a commoner that was in the army. The book follows Samuel on his journey across the Atlantic to the New World. On the journey Samuel learns important lessons about power and trust. He sees that ...more
May 26, 2015 Kasimachi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think the book blood on the river is a good book for people who like entering the past as other people.This book is really interesting also would be good for my taste.Not that it is blood or gory it has few scenes that might put you of a little but not to much.You would enjoy the book if you sit down and read it.I would not be sure if it would be good to read it out loud but I think it would be good if it would be read independently.I wouldn't say it is a book you might be stuck on or attracte ...more
Blood on the River was generally a very good book with some very complicated parts in the book. I definitely became quite attached to the book and wanted to keep on reading but could not read too far because we were doing a class project. The story showed how Samuel went from being a young boy living on the streets to becoming a young man working in a settlement in a different continent. Samuel definitely seemed to build himself a better personality throughout the story and made a lot of friends ...more
Michael Cunningham
Feb 15, 2016 Michael Cunningham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-kids
This was one of the best historical fictions ever! The author does a fantastic job of weaving in his own characterizations of real people and events. His afterword and authors's notes are well worth reading also.
Sophia K.
I liked this book, it was just a little dull? Well, there was a lot of adventure, but the story seemed like a lot of history in our textbooks. This is the story of James Town, written for us to understand it. This couple year journey is what Disney's Pocahontas was vaguely based on. She is mentioned in the book. This story is like a gold rush story with Native American tribes. The first part of the journey was the ship ride, where everyone was seasick and always hungry. In this time period, ther ...more
Feb 25, 2012 L12_markmesserly rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical-fic
This review pertains to the Kindle edition.

Following his mother’s death, twelve-year old Sam Collier (based upon the real page to Captain Smith) is living on the streets of London (ca.1607). Sam’s adventure begins with his desire to regain possession of his deceased mother’s locket. After breaking into a pawnshop to retrieve it, he lands jail. Instead of a harsher fate in the legal system, the Reverend John Hunt finds placement into an orphanage. Along with two other boys from the orphanage, Sam
Bill Ibarra
Oct 01, 2014 Bill Ibarra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**SPOILER ALERT** Have you ever read a book that is so good you can't stop reading? If not you should read Blood on the River. The genre is historical-fiction. This book is one of the best historical-fiction books I've read. The setting of this story is in New land America. Samuel wanted to live a happy life in England. But he was kidnapped by people from a orphanage. So he lived in an orphanage for a while. Then one morning he sailed to America with several gentlemen and colonists. The type of ...more
Shashank Eeda
Dec 03, 2014 Shashank Eeda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood on the River

Surviving in the ancient times was not easy, especially when you have lost everything you loved. This is a story of a boy who put his broken heart behind him and moved.

This book reminds me about all the slaves that are in this country. This boy got kicked out of the orphanage for beating people up when he was only trying to protect himself. It shows all the homeless people are going through a lot of pain to survive. I do agree with the author about what he has to say about the
Jul 09, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, this is a book for young readers (10-13?). Anyway, I read it in hopes of finding a novel that might enhance my 8th grade American history class. Another teacher had recommended it, but despite my love of historical fiction, I had my doubts. I have found few examples of historical fiction for young people that I have found riveting. I must admit, though, that Blood on the River held my interest, and I enjoyed reading it. It is the story of a young orphaned boy who becomes the page o ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Faia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think that the topic of this book was very interesting. The story of the journey to James Town and the conflict with the native Americans is what found the most interesting in the book. The characters, who were real people, were written really well so you really understood what type of character it was and what that character was like.

In my opinion, I feel that the end of the book could've been more descriptive and more rounded off. I understand that it was fact at the end but it sort of seeme
Jan 26, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
In Jamestown 1607, a boy fought to survive, that boy was Samuel Collier. He was a hard headed boy with anger issues, that was also very stubborn. This book teaches a lesson about how to curb your anger, and make decisions out of love, not anger. It all starts when he beats up a fellow orphan named Richard who later becomes his best friend. The teachers force him to be Captain John Smiths servant. What a life! He then finds out America's no easy road. My favorite part is when Samuel steals a bab ...more
Scott Scoular
May 26, 2015 Scott Scoular rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sasha Ryzhova
May 26, 2015 Sasha Ryzhova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a book called "Blood on The River" by Elisa Carbone. It was a science fiction book. I thought that this book was a good way of telling about a historic event. The book was set in the late 19th century and was mostly about the first British settlement in america. The main character in the book is Samuel he is a boy whose age was around 12 years old. Through out most of the book Samuel was Captain Smith's servant. Captain Smith was also a very important character in the book. He was very sm ...more
Kevin Persky
May 19, 2013 Kevin Persky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book. This book has a good plot but it also gives a portrayal of what America was like back then. It also is the story of survival. I have found this book so interesting that I have read it multiple times. I would recommend this to just about anyone. It shows a historically accurate portrayal of what life was like yet also has a good plot which prevents it from being boring. I found the book to be very educational and entertaining at the same time. I would recommend this b ...more
Clodagh Cunningham
I found this book very interesting, because it was a real story, and it all happened in real life. It was taken from the perspective of a young boy on a ship in the 1600's. The crew was looking for gold, and another way to get to the west, without having to pay. The place they were going to was called the New World, and it was also an opportunity for lower class people to start a new life. Some parts of the book was sad, and unfortunate, but it really made you think of everything these people su ...more
Bertlyn Harvey
Jul 05, 2016 Bertlyn Harvey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love to read and when I find a young person who does I always encourage them and ask them to recommend a book to me. A younger cousin is a reader and I just found out and asked what he had read that he liked and he to me Blood on the River. Well I checked it out from the library and read it and let him know that I enjoyed it and to give me another book to read. Encourage them every way I can.
Katherine Dannock
May 25, 2015 Katherine Dannock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was great it had all the qualities i like in a book it was funny, it was sad and depressing and it was based on a true story that was historic fiction.

But i wish there was another book because itdident end as i had hoped it ended with him in a family i wish you could read the story of how he grew up.

Mar 08, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Fiction. First English Settlers at James Town and their interactions with the Native Americans. I just finished reading this one to my children and it was riveting. Carbone also included a section at the end detailing her research.
May 26, 2015 Ameya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 17, 2009 Nickie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
it says a lot of things about Jamestown settlement its depressing and its funny in a way.
Its grussom too and it has some love into it.
May 04, 2009 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this for the first time with my Language Arts fifth graders during April and May 2009. It was a very good book.
Mar 02, 2016 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite
I think that this book teaches a really good lesson. This is a really good book/
It was okay but I saw lots of moments where it could be so much better than what they were doing.
Dec 12, 2016 Graham rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood on the River is a really good historical fiction book about an orphan boy who is a servant of Captain John Smith. At the beginning of the book, Samuel's dad left him and his mom. Then his mom died while they lived at the poor house. The poor house made her sell her locket to get money, so Samuel tried to steal it back after his mother died. He was recused by Reverend Hunt from the police and brought to the orphanage. At the orphanage he did not make any friends, rather he got into a lot of ...more
Ryan Crosthwaite
Nov 23, 2016 Ryan Crosthwaite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book because of how characters worked together. The book has taught me life lessons. The working together in this book has taught me that it can bring people closer. In the start, the main character Samuel didn't want to work together and the story develops into Samuel working together with other characters. This is important to me because when working together you may have problems when working together, but working together also builds better relationships. Samuel had to wor ...more
Alexa Sanchez
Dec 01, 2016 Alexa Sanchez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a class at my school and so I expected it to be boring and that I would hate the book. However what surprised my class and I was how well written the book was and how addictive it was from the very first chapter. This book did not meet my expectations but instead exceeded it with the suspense of each chapter and the character development that Samuel went through with the help of Captain Smith. I relate to Samuel before his views changed that it’s better to only rely on yourse ...more
Nov 28, 2016 Angelica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you ever want to find a book with so much adventure and history but also learn some new things? Blood on the River is a historical fictional novel based on the true events that occurred in 1607 at JamesTown. Samuel, a young English orphan who takes the job as Captain Smith's page, has his life turned upside down when he boards the ship to the New World. I thought this story was going to be another one of those boring books that are always assigned in history classes. As I started reading and ...more
Nov 27, 2016 Abigail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for my history class and it wasn’t my favorite. I think one of the reasons why I didn’t enjoy it as much as other books I have read is because it is more based on war and action which is not the kind of books I look for while reading. It focuses on the daily life of a colonial person, and not anything more than that. I think I would have enjoyed it a bit more if the author described more what happened with other things like war or mysteries. If this book were a series, I think I ...more
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Elisa Carbone was raised in Arlington, Virginia. She attended college at University of Maryland and also received two master’s degrees from University of Maryland, one in Speech Communication and the other in Education.
She now lives part time in the Washington D.C. area and part time in the mountains of West Virginia.
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