Blood on the River has sold over a third of a million copies. Virginia is aimed at the same middle grade readers who loved Blood on the River.
Meticulously researched early American history by a respected author.
Blood on the River is on many school’s required reading lists and widely used in curriculums in American history.
Elisa Carbone has received numerous state book awards, including The Jefferson Cup and the Virginia Reader’s Choice Middle School list.
Story is filled with real people and events that occured in 17th century Virginia (in and around James Town).
Diverse characters, including Algonguin Indians, some of the first enslaved Africans, and many James Town residents.
Strong girl character: Virginia is a wonderfully complex character who is very strong, thoughtful, and brave.
Full of action, page-turning scenes, and cliff-hanging chapters. Boys loved Blood on the River, and they’ll love this one, too.
Raves for Elisa Carbone’s writing:
* “Good use is made of eyewitness accounts in a telling that far transcends the usual dry textbook summaries of the period. While learning much history, readers will find characters real enough to care about. Lively historical fiction at its best.”—Kirkus, starred review of Blood on the River
“A cheerful mix of gardening, history and patriotism…Along with Hill’s charming pencil and gouache illustrations full of homey retro details, Carbone’s story gently humanizes history, reminding us that children are a part of it, too.”—New York Times Book Review on Diana’s White House Garden
* “Riveting reading.”—Kirkus, starred review of Heroes of the Surf
* “Equal parts entertaining and provocative. An incisive reflection on endurance, independence, belonging, self-knowledge, and love.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review of Jump
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