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Blood on the River: James Town 1607

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,704 Ratings  ·  434 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 ship 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 ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Miles Yes! It's rather short, has historical content (though not all of it is accurate), and very interesting!
Avery I think that my favorite part was when Samuel got to see pochahntes

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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
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.
May 25, 2015 Josephine rated it liked it
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
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
May 26, 2015 Kasimachi rated it it was amazing
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
Bill Ibarra
Oct 01, 2014 Bill Ibarra rated it it was amazing
**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
Scott Scoular
May 26, 2015 Scott Scoular rated it it was amazing
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Michael Cunningham
Feb 15, 2016 Michael Cunningham rated it it was amazing
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.
Sasha Ryzhova
May 26, 2015 Sasha Ryzhova rated it really liked it
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
Clodagh Cunningham
May 26, 2015 Clodagh Cunningham rated it really liked it
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
Shashank Eeda
Dec 03, 2014 Shashank Eeda rated it really liked it
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
Feb 25, 2012 L12_markmesserly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 09, 2013 Cindy rated it really liked it
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
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
Bertlyn Harvey
Jul 05, 2016 Bertlyn Harvey rated it really liked it
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
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.

Jan 26, 2012 Sam rated it it was amazing
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
May 26, 2015 Ameya rated it really liked it
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Kevin Persky
May 19, 2013 Kevin Persky rated it it was amazing
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
May 22, 2015 Kalista rated it liked it
It was okay but I saw lots of moments where it could be so much better than what they were doing.
May 25, 2016 Elliott rated it really liked it
This is a historical fiction book. There are events that actually happened mixed with some made up details. It starts out with an orphan boy named Samuel Collier who is eleven years old from England. The year is 1606. He is lucky to escape the gallows because he stole a locket from a pawn shop. It was his mother's but she had died and he thought he was entitled to it. Anyhow, Samuel is saved by a Reverend who says he will become a page to a Captain on a ship going to the New World in search of g ...more
Jan 07, 2016 Samanthaweaver rated it liked it
Samuel Collier is an eleven year old troubled orphan living in England at the beginning of this novel. After he gets himself into quite a bit of trouble he is given the opportunity to be an apprentice to a captain aboard the ship the Susan Constant, which is voyaging off to the New World. The journey to the New World is not an easy one and Samuel, along with the other men of the ship, face many hardships and brutal conditions during their time at sea. After they reach the New World, the men find ...more
Feb 27, 2015 Dylan rated it really liked it
Blood on the river was actually really interesting. Lots of historical books tend to be dull. Blood On The River though was verying enthralling. Instead of having an idealized version of Jamestown, in Blood On The River the author tries to portray a more realistic version of Jamestown. The main character Samuel is a relatable character and whose story is interesting and keeps you engaged. When I first started reading this book would be boring but I actually become very interested within the firs ...more
Omar Villegas
Feb 25, 2015 Omar Villegas rated it it was amazing

Blood on the River is about a boy named Samuel Collier goes to america seeking a new life in James Town, 1607. Samuel was born England went to America because his family was very poor. The author of Blood on the River is Elisa Carbone. I think Elisa Carbone uses perfect description, in the story samuel was going to get a haircut she explains how he got the haircut and what they used to cut his hair. This book can relate in 1607 when the story actually took place. When Roanoke went missi
J.M. Stock
Oct 08, 2014 J.M. Stock rated it it was amazing
When visiting the Jamestown Settlement gift shop this summer, the cover of Blood on the River immediately snagged my attention – in the dusk of a sunset, two Native Americans peered across the river at the unsuspecting settlers, smoke billowed up from their fires. It was a classic case of cover-buying. If you don’t know, cover-buying is when you purchase a book because the cover entices you. It’s like label-buying wine - sometimes the contents live up to the cover, sometimes not.

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Apr 11, 2014 Roberta rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookleggers
I just love historical fiction. This is a well written historical fiction that is well researched and holds very close to the facts with fascinating real characters. Samuel Collier is a lowly commoner on the street of London who is shipped off to the New World instead going to jail as the page for Captain John Smith. You may remember that Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World and life was very precarious. We learn about the hardships the settlers faced and their e ...more
Usvaldo Carrera
Nov 30, 2015 Usvaldo Carrera rated it it was amazing
If you like history about America this book for the book call Blood on the river this book is about when Indian and America have a war and is about the great Indian leader powhatan and the great captain is John Smith when John Smith and there worker go to explore on the sail boat they went different places but the last journey they have when they go and live with the Indian when they land there the captain Newport said this will be our land everyone said yes but some of the people said no becau ...more
Ben Adomaitis
Sep 27, 2015 Ben Adomaitis rated it really liked it
Blood on the River by Eliza Carbone, is a historical fiction tale about an orphaned young boy (Samuel) who goes on the Susan Constant, a ship headed to the new world. It turns out that Samuel is the servant of the famous Captain John Smith, and as Samuel slowly gains respect for the Captain, John Smith slowly gains respect for Samuel. As Samuel fights through tough winters and even tougher starvation, he finds out just how hard it is, living in Jamestown in 1607.

I think one of the reasons I rea
Sarah Bruno
Feb 07, 2015 Sarah Bruno rated it it was amazing
Blood on the River was a fantastic book that I highly recommend to students in middle school. This book is about a poor english boy named Samuel who lives on the streets. When he steals a locket that used to be his mothers, he becomes a servant of a man and his companions traveling to “The new world” or as we say today the united states. There they make a town called Jamestown and learn the harsh way of how to survive. One strength about this book is that you get to learn our nations history in ...more
Luke Stober
May 26, 2015 Luke Stober rated it really liked it
I liked the book because it was a adventurous journey to America. The book was about the settlers that traveled from a far distance to what is now called America. The american history is good for me too learn since I am and live in America. The book was about a young boy named Samuel who is 12 years old, and roaming around the streets of England as a orphan. When he boards the Susan Constant he will see more into people like Captain Smith, Reverend Hunt and more. He discovers with his adventure ...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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