Item description for My America: The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Two (My America) by Patricia Hermes...
Overview Nine-year-old Elizabeth continues her journal, recording the suffering of the Jamestown colonists during the winter as hunger and sickness take their toll.
Publishers Description In Pat Hermes' sequel to Our Strange New Land, Elizabeth faces harsher times as she records the colony's daily struggle for survival. The My America series will be relaunched with new covers. The story of the feisty, determined Lizzie of Pat Hermes' Our Strange New Land continues in this installment with the departure of both Captain John Smith and Lizzie's dear friend, Jessie. Facing new challenges, Lizzie records in her new diary all of the challenges that face the struggling colony. As a result of starvation and disease, Lizzed watches hopelessly as many of the settlers die. She records all of this, but even more, she records the intimate lives of the children who remain there, along with that of her new baby sister.
Citations And Professional Reviews My America: The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Two (My America) by Patricia Hermes has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2001 page 291
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Studio: Scholastic Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2003
Publisher Scholastic Inc
Series My America
ISBN 0439369029 ISBN13 9780439369022
Availability 0 units.
More About Patricia Hermes
Patricia Hermes was born in 1936 in Brooklyn, New York. An avid reader, she had time to practice both reading and writing when she came down with rheumatic fever, which left her stuck in bed for months. Hermes majored in speech and English at St. John's University, and taught junior high school English and social studies before taking time off to raise her five children. Returning to teaching after a number of years, she found it less satisfying than she'd remembered, and decided to try her hand at writing for publication. She took a class in writing nonfiction for adults; the teacher, Russell Freedman, would go on to win the Newbery Medal. After publishing some articles, Hermes found the niche she'd been looking for: her first novel for young readers, What If They Knew?, was published in 1980. Hermes gave the main character in the book epilepsy, a problem she had dealt with herself as a child. Readers responded well to the believable situation, and over the years Hermes has continued to write stories featuring youngsters in difficult situations, so that readers can turn to her books knowing they are not alone. She has written more than 20 books for children and young adults. Patricia Hermes lives in Connecticut, where she spends four hours of the day writing and the rest editing her work and answering letters. When she is not writing, she enjoys reading, running, music, traveling, horseback riding, and playing the piano.
Patricia Hermes currently resides in Fairfield, in the state of Connecticut.
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Reviews - What do customers think about My America: The Starving Time: Elizabeth's Jamestown Colony Diary, Two?
Little Bitty Chick-Lit - a review of "The Starving Time" Jan 23, 2008
This is my daughter's and my first foray into this series and, in fact, into this type of literature. We approached the book as a read-together, and though we tried a couple of times my second grader just wasn't drawn in and engaged by the story. I, however, thought the book was interesting and I went on and finished it alone.
The principle drawback for my daughter (almost 8) was the diary format and the first person perspective. So probably this site has the age range right when they suggest that the book would be more appropriate for an older girl, or a more mature girl.
From my own perspective I thought the author did a very good job of emphasizing the problems faced by the little community: disease, hostile natives, starvation, and discord. And I liked that here-and-there throughout the story Elizabeth asked self-reflective questions such as 'should I help my best friend' when that friend was going to do something her parents might not approve. I think such questions can lead to discussions, either with caregivers or friends.
In summary I would give this book a B- with the caveat that it is definitely 'chick lit'. I say this because the mainstay of the story is an internal monologue about how the main character feels about people and events. The diary format and the viewpoint was 'too sophisticated' for my daughter who is almost 8, but ought to interest older girls. In addition, it should probably be pointed out that the overall theme is not an especially cheerful one, and there are many sad moments.
The Accelerated Reading designation is 3.2 -- which means that book is suitable for children reading on the entering third grade level.
Note on Reading Level: The AR description is a general "guide" that rates books on a relative scale of difficulty. Children can certainly read at levels above or below their group range, so that this number should only be used as a aid to help choose books that are appropriate and not frustrating.
Good way to get kids interested in History Jul 17, 2007
Very well written, though it did tend to push the "Indian good, white man bad" agenda which is not historically accurate in this case. It should be noted that this is NOT an actual diary but a recently written book that is composed in diary form. My daughter enjoyed it but I would recommend that you do a little follow-up by dividing the historical "wheat from the chaff".
The great book. Mar 13, 2004
When I first got this book I didn't want to let it go . It was so interseting that I didn't want to go to sleep.The part I liked was that Elizabeth's mom had a baby. Also that Elizabeth and Jessie asked Captain John Smith if he can go back to England and say hi to Caleb. I had fun reading this book.If you heard about this book then check it out.
A sad but good book Jan 14, 2004
This book tells about nine-year-old Elizabeth Barker, an English girl who has come to live in the Jamestown colony in 1609. Food is very scarce, and many people are starving. Many people die, including Elizabeth's friend and mother. But she also makes another friend, a really nice one, and her twin brother, Caleb, who was too ill to travel with Elizabeth and her parents before, finally arrives on the spring supply ship, which also has food. By the end of the book, the colony is a peaceful place to be.
A book all people should read Oct 31, 2003
I am a 9 year old girl who loved this book. I think it had great adventures in it and it was historical. It was not a hard book to read, but was very interesting.