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Special Selections from Perrot's Youth Services Staff

November 2011



Blood on the River

Blood on the River: James Town, 1607

by Elisa Carbone


Twelve year old Samuel Collier is the page to Captain John Smith traveling to the new world and settling in James Town. Here he must learn quickly who his friends and enemies are in order to survive. A Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award Nominee in 2009.






The Pox Party

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Book 1, The Pox Party

by M.T. Anderson


If you enjoy American history from a different angle, don't overlook this one. Set in Boston before and during the opening of Revolutionary War, Octavian Nothing tells the story of a young boy of African origin, who is raised with the finest classical education by a college of philosophers as part of a noble experiment. Yet, there is much about the world he has been kept ignorant of, including the fact that the men who would establish a new democracy will prosper from the labor of slaves who look like him and have no intention of freeing them. The story is entertaining, full of plot twists, and and excellent commentary on the truth behind a time in American history that is often idealized.





The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare


In 1687, sixteen-year old orphan Kit Tyler arrives in Puritan Wethersfield after a childhood of relative freedom on the island of Barbados -- and finds herself accused of being a witch. Romantic and meticulously researched, this novel for older readers won the Newbery Medal in 1959.



Sarah Morton's Day

Sarah Morton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl

by Kate Waters, photographs by Russ Kendall

J 973.2 WATER

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to live during a different time in history? This interesting book follows a day in the life of a nine-year-old girl at Plimoth Plantation in November 1627. The book features photographs of interpreters (actors) at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Massachusetts, going about their daily tasks. This book gives young readers a real feel for the era, and it is also written in period dialect.





John Smith Escapes Again!

John Smith Escapes Again!

by Rosalyn Schanzer

J 973.21 SMITH

Did you know that John Smith was America’s first genuine superstar? A heroic warrior, a daring world explorer, a president, a peacekeeper, a writer, and yet the greatest escape artist of his time! He freed himself from pirates, slavery, ambushes by Indians, and much more. Follow his thrilling adventures and see how he escapes again and again!




A Little Maid of Old Connecticut

A Little Maid of Old Connecticut

by Alice Turner Curtis, illustrated by Sandra James


This story transports the reader back to colonial Connecticut during the American Revolution. Not only is the daily colonial life described beautifully for the reader but an adventure unfolds as Ellie takes her first stagecoach ride to the big city of Hartford from her family farm in Salisbury.





Colonial Voices

Colonial Voices: Hear Them Speak

by Kay Winters, illustrated by Larry Day

J 973.3 WINTE

This is a dramatic and historical introduction to the Boston Tea Party. The story follows the journey of Ethan, a printer's helper, as he runs through Boston to deliver word of an important meeting. The reader learns about the occupations of colonial workers as Ethan visits a baker, a shoemaker and others to spread the message. We also learn how these workers held very differing opinions regarding Britain's rule. Ethan appears in every vivid picture, and this book will appeal to children in grades 3-6.










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