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3.2  ·  Rating details ·  171 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
So I wanted the whole story of Pocahontas' life...that is NOT in this book! It was only one year in her life and only until she met John Smith. I wanted to know the rest of the story which was summarized in a page and a half at the end of the book! This book got a whole bunch of 5 star reviews on Amazon and I am now disappointed! Does anyone know of a good non-fiction book on Pocahontas?
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
I read this because my 4-year-old daughter is into Pocahontas, but really only knows the Disney story, which I knew was grossly inaccurate. I wanted to her to know something closer to the truth. I don't know that anyone really knows the truth, but I enjoyed this book as an introduction. I picked it up in the kids section at the library, where I was picking up other kid books on Pocahontas for Ophelia.

The book is written through alternating perspectives of Pocahontas and John Smith, and chronicl
Jul 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
A true account of the Pocahontas/John Smith encounter told via journal entries by both characters. Well-researched and loaded with difficult words and sentence structures (from Shakespearean English), this important book is a great opportunity for people to learn about the true account of Pocahontas, who helped keep the longest period of peace between the English settlers and the Powhatan tribe (a dinky 7 years). Also rich in Powhatan culture and mythology, and contains a glossary of Powhatan wo ...more
Donna Merritt
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This was a wonderful story, well-researched, and told from the POV of both John Smith and Pocahontas. Interestingly, neither voice is "humble" and that makes the story more true-to-life. Readers can see how each interprets the same event in opposite ways. The book includes an afterword explaining what happened to Pocahontas and John Smith (the story ends when both her tribe and Smith believe peace has been achieved), words from 17th century English and from the Powhatan language, and literature ...more
Rebecca Reid
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Although fictionalized, it is obvious from the complexity of the story that Bruchac did research into the John Smith and Pocahontas story. I loved the alternating view points: one chapter was Pocahontas’ narration, and the next would be Captain John Smith. Their voices were unique. I really enjoyed seeing how the same event was interpreted in such different ways by the two groups. Bruchac is himself of Native American heritage, and his sensitivity to the complexity of the situation gave him ambl ...more
Casey Huynh
May 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
The book Pocahontas was written by Joseph Bruchac. After watching the Disney movie and reading this book I found that the book is more into detail about what happened. Even though I enjoyed the movie but I wasn't a big fan of the book. I think the book was really confusing.

I found this book confusing because of the way the book is built and the text. In this book the point of view is switched between John Smith and Pocahontas. To me, switching point of view can't really give me an idea of what's
Scarlett Sims
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Ok so here is what I liked about this book: the story is told from alternating viewpoints, between Pocahontas and John Smith. This makes for really interesting storytelling because rather portraying one side as an aggressor and one side as a victim, it shows more of a lack of understanding between two cultures. There are examples of both parties, Native Americans and white settlers, assuming that the other held similar values when that was not the case. It subverted a few stereotypes-- it didn't ...more
Sophie Sarmiento
Nov 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good. I have seen the movie and now I have read the book too. I liked both but the book was definitely a little more descriptive than the movie. Usually when I read books I have an image in my head throughout the whole book of where everything is and what it looks like, but since this book is also a movie, it kind of ruined the imagination part of reading it. I think I would have like it a lot better if I hadn't seen the movie before because I started to get bored with it ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I really liked how the perspective alternated between Pochahontas and John Smith. It gave good insight to just how much the two cultures misunderstood each other. I liked Pochahontas' perspective better than John Smith's because it was less wordy and easier to follow.
I must say I was disappointed that the book only built up to the characters meeting and then shortly summarized the events that occured after they met. I was hoping to gain more insight to what occured after the two met, but other
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars...Not really what I thought it would be. I really enjoyed beginning of each Pocahontas chapter that explored her tribe's belief in creation, life, and afterlife. Other than that, it was pretty blah. I would think this would be very hard for a junior high or high school student to understand or enjoy.
Mireya Armijo
Well this book is fairly interesting so far. It is coming to my attention about the past. It gives me alot of history to look at. The Chief is very friendly but as well as ready to fight. Also he has his favorite daughter by his side just for laughs, and that is Pocahontas. Pocahontas means Who Makes Mischieves.(Wow I sound so professional.)
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a hard read, as it is written in the style of a Native American and as a European colonist in the 1600s. A bit slow, but written in the Native American tradition. Excellent book if you need literature to supplement a research project.
Dominique Medina
Nov 27, 2011 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: People who like history
Recommended to Dominique by: My teacher Mrs.Moncoda who says i have to read this!
This book is okay so far but i am more into scary books not history!!!! The only reason I'm reading this is because i have to for my reading class and i am only on page 13 when there is 173 pages!!! I have to finish this book on Dec 7 or 8...... I have to write facts about the book too!!! Boring!!!
Brian Murphy
Love the alternating perspectives. A bit difficult to understand at times, but generally well done.
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Not really my style that's all.
Mar 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
I tried to read this but I kept falling asleep. Though it seemed like a good book.
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like history and Pocahontas
Recommended to Posie by: My mom
This books is very good. It draws entries from John Smith's journals. I highly recommend it to everyone!!
James Pasier
Oct 01, 2014 rated it liked it
It was alright. Good narrated but the ending didn't feel very conclusive. The story felt a bit un-necessary after all that had gone on for nothing. No payoff
Paola Marte
Apr 15, 2012 rated it did not like it
Definitely not what I expected, I was wondering where was the rest of the book -.-
May 23, 2008 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book because it gave you both an Old World and New World perspective.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Told from the alternating points of view of Pocahontas and John Smith.
Jennifer Wight
Mar 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
Stopped reading it. Just couldn't get it into it. Had a hard time with the way the author portrayed these characters. Enjoyed Blood on the River much better!
May 23, 2009 rated it liked it
This was very interesting since it is told from pocahontas's and John Smith's point of view.
Jan 11, 2009 rated it liked it
this is a book about pocahontas and john smith that is way to discriptive
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
it was an okay book.
Nov 07, 2010 rated it liked it
The Pocahontas point of view in the alternating chapters is very intriguing.
Jul 19, 2009 rated it it was ok
Not only was it a let down from the dramatic Disney romance, but it was inconsistantly written and hard to comprehend.
Ashley Frickson
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
When John Smith and his "coatman" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling. The village's inhabitants aren't happy. Pocahontas, the daughter of the Powhatan chief, acts as peacemaker between the two peoples.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
The first year of the Jamestown settlement, told in chapters that alternate between narration by Pocahontas and John Smith. There are good things about the book, in particular the traditional Powhatan stories and the voice of Pocahontas, who is clearly written as the eleven-year-old girl she was, not the Disney princess nonsense. And in theory the alternating perspectives capture the difficulty inherent in two cultures with such vastly different world views and frames of reference trying to make ...more
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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