Item description for Adventures In Jamestown (Liberty Letters) by Nancy LeSourd...
Overview Letters between two young girls, one in London and the other in English settlements in Virginia, chronicle the events during the difficult early years at James Towne and Henricus and the role of Pocahontas in this period of history.
Publishers Description In this revised edition, The Liberty Letters series introduces fictional characters whose courage, ingenuity, and faith shaped events in U.S. history. Through the power of friendship, each story reveals how God works through ordinary teens in extraordinary times. DARING YOUNG WOMEN---IN THE NEW WORLD AND THE OLD-- FIND MORE ADVENTURE THAN THEY BARGAINED FOR After enduring a dangerous voyage to the New World, Abigail discovers that her fight for survival in Jamestown has only begun. When she must face her enemy, an Indian princess called Pocahontas, Abigail uncovers the enemy of her own heart---unforgiveness. In London, England, her friend Elizabeth yearns for adventure, but society s conventions threaten to crush her dreams. As the girls face their deepest fears, they discover how their choices can change a nation s---and a young woman s---destiny."
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2008
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Liberty Letters
ISBN 0310713927 ISBN13 9780310713920 UPC 025986713928
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More About Nancy LeSourd
Nancy LeSourd is an author, attorney, wife, and mother of two, who lives in the Washington D. C. area. She has a B.A. in political science from Agnes Scott College, a M.A. from Tufts University in secondary education with an emphasis on American History, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. A William Robertson Coe fellow in American history, she taught American history to middle and high school students. For more information, visit www.libertyletters.com
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A great read Nov 20, 2009
Adventures in Jamestown by Nancy LeSourd is part of the "Liberty Letters" series where fictional letters between two girls reveal history as readers may not have known it before. In Jamestown, we witness 17th century colonial and British life through the friendship letters of Elizabeth (a young Englishwoman who greatly desires education, although she is not allowed it) and Abigail (who is seeking adventure in the New World with her parents).
But within months of arriving in America, Abigail's parents die; her mother starves because the Indians won't let the settlers out of Jamestown to seek food, and her father is killed with an arrow because he dares to sneak out of Jamestown in search of food for his family. Abigail, starving and mourning, wants nothing more than to go back to England and never see the New World - and the Indians, - again. Just when she thinks rescue has come and she can return to her friend Elizabeth, God tugs at her heart. Maybe she should stay in the New World a little longer, she thinks.
She begins helping Reverand Alexander Whitaker - who in turn has recently been sent the Indian princess Pocohontas, who's been kidnapped by the settlers in hopes of striking a deal with her father, the Chief of the local Indian tribe. Whitaker and the other settlers treat Pocohontas with great respect and immedietly begin teaching her about English ways - and the English God. Abigail is the only one who seems to dislike Pocohontas. How can she be friends with the princess who was once known for helping the English, yet allowed Abigail's parents to die?
In the meantime, Elizabeth's sympathetic uncle begins feeding her natural love of knowledge. When Elizabeth's father finds out, he's furious, but eventually he agrees to a test. Elizabeth's uncle will pay for England's first orangery (a sort of green house for growing oranges) if Elizabeth will design it. If she fails, the men agree Elizabeth's lessons will discontinue. If she succeeds in this monumental task, her father agrees she will recieve some schooling. After a few twists and turns, Elizabeth does succeed, and while she never goes to college, she later marries an Oxford man and makes sure her children - boys and girls - recieve a good education.
Meanwhile, Pocohontas is slowly turning to the Lord. Abigail - despite her bitter heart - begins to admire the Indian princess. She learns there is never a place for bitterness or revenge in the heart of a Christian, and soon forgives both Pocohontas and her father. Not long after, Pocohontas is baptised and marries a Christian Englishman.
The back of the book includes historical notes and photographs of Jamestown reproduced, paintings of Pocohontas, pictures of the Globe theatre (which Elizabeth writes about), and more.
What I Like: Although I'm a history buff, I never knew much about Pocahontas' acceptance of the Lord. Yes, much of this book is fictional (because we don't know a lot of details), but LeSourd does an excellent job of showing how Pocahontas might have discarded her native gods and accepted Jesus Christ. The author also does a nice job of showing how many colonists could have developed hateful feelings toward the Indians, and how Abigail realizes this isn't what God desires of us. Themes of redemption and forgiveness abound in this book, and while this title isn't as hard-to-put-down as the author's Secrets of Civil War Spies, it's still a good read.
What I Dislike: Especially toward the end of the book, Elizabeth's letters nearly disappear and all we have are Abagail's notes. The book would be stronger if Elizabeth's story extended to the end of the book.
Overall Rating: Very Good.
Kristina Seleshanko Managing Editor Christian Children's Book Review