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by Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 5 copies
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Andrew Carnegie Free Library Juvenile Nonfiction j 975.5 BRUCHA
Location  Andrew Carnegie Free Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
Call Number  j 975.5 BRUCHA
Bethel Park Public Library Juvenile Nonfiction j j92 POCAHONTAS
Location  Bethel Park Public Library
Collection  Juvenile Nonfiction
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j E99.P85 B78 2003
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Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Biography
Call Number  j E99.P85 B78 2003
Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Room j 975.5 BRU
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In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, Mamanatowic, is just eleven; but in spite of her age, this astute young girl acts with wisdom and compassion, and plays a fateful, peaceful role in the destinies of two peoples.
Drawing from the personal journals of John Smith, Joseph Bruchac, winner of the American Book Award for Breaking Silence , reveals an important part of history through the eyes of two historic figures.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 6-12. This vivid, detailed historical novel chronicles the relationship between Virginia colonists and the Powhatans as seen through the perspectives of Captain John Smith and 11-year-old Pocahontas, daughter of the Powhatan chief. As in Sacajawea (2002), Bruchac successfully uses alternating chapters in which different characters--in this case, Pocahontas and Smith--describe the same situations. This technique enables readers to see the distinctly divergent worldviews. Smith's perspectives are prefaced with excerpts from the captain's own writings or from other sources of the period. Heading Pocahontas' accounts are stories told in the tradition of the Powhatans' Algonquin-rooted culture. In an afterword, Bruchac explains what eventually became of his narrators. The author goes to great lengths to present a historically accurate depiction (which may account for the nonfiction cataloging, 975.5), and he succeeds admirably, exposing the many myths and misconceptions made popular by Disney and others. Glossaries of terms used in the novel, source notes, and a bibliography are appended. --Ed Sullivan Copyright 2003 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Repeating the narrative structure he used to great success in Sacajawea, Bruchac alternates between two stylized voices for this less involving story. The uneven narrative follows 11-year old Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of Chief Powhatan, and Captain John Smith of the James Town settlement in the Virginia colony as their destinies cross in 1607. Pocahontas's story possesses greater immediacy, partially because the author develops her character more fully and because her observations sketch a more complete world (e.g., she tells readers, "One of the strange things about Coatmen [European settlers] is that many of them seem to value their possessions over friendship or human lives"). Smith's words, meant to echo the cadences of the actual diaries and records that introduce each of his chapters, sound stiff and passive, even when chronicling what should be dramatic tales of infighting (a selfish president hoards food while others starve and mutiny). The back-and-forth stories document clashes of culture, such as when a gift-bearing Powhatan envoy innocently picks up and admires a shiny "tomahak" and a European strikes him for attempting to steal his "hatchet." But the two protagonists do not meet until late in the novel, and readers may be frustrated to find that the most compelling and complex action occurs at the end, when the Chief and Pocahontas attempt to broker friendship while Smith harbors hidden ambitions-an intriguing plot development that trails off abruptly. Ages 12-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Pocahontas, -- -1617 -- Juvenile literature.
Smith, John, -- 1580-1631 -- Juvenile literature.
Pocahontas, -- -1617.
Smith, John, -- 1580-1631.
Powhatan Indians -- Juvenile literature.
Powhatan Indians.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Juvenile literature.
Jamestown (Va.) -- History -- Juvenile literature.
Jamestown (Va.) -- History.
Publisher Orlando, Fla. :Silver Whistle,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 173 pages, 1 unnumbered page : map ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page [174]).
ISBN 0152167374
0439917190 (pbk.)
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