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by Alan Armstrong

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Gr 4-7-In 1584 Plymouth, 11-year-old Andrew has heard his teacher tell tales of the riches and adventure to be found in the New World. When his father, a childhood friend of Walter Raleigh, calls in a favor, Raleigh agrees to take Andrew on as a page. Filled with excitement, the boy travels to London to reside at Durham House, where he will learn about court life. His training is not limited to the gentlemanly arts, however: as Raleigh grows to trust him more, he involves Andrew in various intrigues to obtain the most recent and thorough maps of the New World and to convince Queen Elizabeth I that England cannot afford to leave the territory to the Spanish. Almost a year later, Andrew is sailing toward America as secretary to Thomas Harriot, the mathematician and astronomer who manages Raleigh's accounts. The months that he spends in Virginia are full of adventure and discovery. Armstrong realistically portrays the bigotry of the times, not only in the way that many of the explorers demean the Native Americans, but also in the intolerance toward Catholicism in England and toward Protestantism in Spain. Armstrong's meticulous research, combined with Jessell's lively black-and-white illustrations, bring to life the people who shaped our nation's earliest history. Pair this with Elise Carbone's Blood on the River: James Town 1607 (Viking, 2006): both books will have adventure lovers on the edge of their seats, and they'll realize that America's history is anything but boring.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
RGG: Story of Sir Walter Raleigh's exploration of Virginia. The first third takes place in Elizabethan England and has many good period details.
  rgruberexcel | Aug 30, 2012 |
During Queen Elizabeth's reign, a young boy serves as a page for Sir Walter Raleigh, with hopes to make his journey to Roanoke Island. He has to prove himself first and overcome struggles.
Content Summary: Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Elizabeth, exploration, colonization, history.
Website: http://www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=58034
  nwgwaltney11 | Mar 9, 2011 |
content summary: Sir Walter Raleigh, Roanoke, colonization, Queen Elizabeth, explorers
  cmstottlemyer | Mar 4, 2011 |
I just really did not enjoy reading this book. ( )
  meotoole | Mar 10, 2010 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 037583320X, Paperback)

ANDREW HAS grown up near the Plymouth docks hearing the sailors talk about America. Knowing that Andrew's heart is set on going to the new world, his father sends him up to London to serve as page in the house of Walter Raleigh. In Queen Elizabeth's court, Raleigh's the strongest voice in favor of fighting with Spain for a position in the New World, and everyone knows that it's just a matter of time before Her Majesty agrees to an expedition. Can Andrew prove himself fit to go on an expedition to the New World?

Meticulously researched and brilliantly crafted, combining fictional characters with historical, Andrew's tale offers up a vivid look at the cloakand- dagger politics of the time and a genuine feel for what it must have been like for the first Europeans to set foot on the beautiful, bountiful, savage shores of America.


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In the late 16th century, fifteen-year-old Andrew leaves school in England and must prove himself as a page to Sir Walter Raleigh before embarking for Virginia, where he helps to establish relations with the Indians.

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