ISBN: 0425291855
EAN13: 9780425291856
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 24, 2020
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.84" H x 7.81" L x 5.19" W
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The fascinating companion title to the award-winning historical novel Blood on the River: James Town 1607.

After the colony of James Town is founded in 1607. After Captain John Smith establishes trade with the Native Americans. After Pocahontas befriends the colonists. After early settlers both thrive and die in this new world . . . a girl is born. Virginia.

Virginia Laydon, an infant at the end of Blood on the River, has now grown up in a colony that is teetering dangerously on the precipice of conflict with the native Algonquins. Virginia has the gift, or the curse, of the knowing-an ability that could help save the colony, and is equally likely to land her at the burning stake as an accused witch.

Virginia struggles to make sense of her own inner world against the backdrop of pivotal years in the Jamestown colony. The first representative government is established, the first enslaved Africans arrive, and the self-righteousness of the colony's leaders angers the Algonquin.

When Virginia's mother first learns of her gift, she is terrified. Kill it, her mother says, or they will kill you. When accusations and danger threaten, Virginia learns that she is on her own; her mother must protect her young sisters rather than stand up for her. So begins a journey of self-realization and increasing strength, as Virginia goes from being a self-protective young girl to someone who knows she must live her own truth even if it will be the end of her.

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   Excellent Storytelling Makes History a Joy to Learn
This is a great deal of educational, thought-provoking, and exciting all at the same time. Many of the characters are well-developed and relatable to a broad audience. I consider her a good role model, Beckham said. I used it as a read aloud for my third grader's history class. This book is also better than Blood on the River, which was also very good. Five stars well earned.
   Perfect for homeschooling
Ditch the boring history lessons and replace them with more interactive activities. Storytelling aside, I believe that teaching through stories is so much better. She knows that when she reads this book, she won't forget everything she learned from it. No wonder SALVAGEDATA predicted that he would never wear that T-shirt again.
   Great historical fiction
My 4th grader is researching the Civil War and will be reading this with his teacher next year. It was great to be back home, said Blair.
   The sequel to Blood on the River
We're huge fans of Gillian and Willa. My son is in a historical fiction book club and the kids really liked the first book, so I put it there.
   Great curriculum supplement
My fifth-grade students are reading this as follow up to Blood on the River. It's great book, and they are very engaged in it, Sosa said. This is a good read and worth the continuation as it lines up with our scope and sequence for our standards.
   Great read after Blood on the River
Great job, said Dr. Carl Tobias, who teaches history at the University of Michigan. Independent bookstores have also reported high demand for copies of the entire book.
   Awesome Sequel!
It has all the excitement and adventure of a good adventure, a strong, plucky heroine and authentic historical details.
   Every bit as good as the first one!
In "The Second Blood," Jai Courtney and Robert Duvall star as brothers who must band together to save the lives of their friends. The book follows the life of Virginia Laydon, who was introduced to readers as a baby in Blood on the River. In "The Witches' Apprentice," Virginia must learn that her mother fears that her otherworldly powers will be the cause for accusations of witchcraft. Through changes in the colony and within herself, Parson's life is challenging and ultimately inspiring. Beautifully written and meticulously researched, this story will support teachers who are covering the early colonial period as well as keep readers on edge of their seats. As a teacher, I found it to be totally engrossing. I highly recommend this course to all elementary and middle school students.