Synopses & Reviews
Bring history to life with compelling stories, sweeping scope, and a welcoming sense of diversity
Jamestown's American Portraits
- Historical fiction helps students connect to their middle school social studies classes
- Reading skill instruction and cross-curricular connections improve comprehension of historical fiction
- Strong multicultural flavor reflects the rich tapestry of our shared American heritages
, a saga of American families and friends, traces the history of America from the founding of Jamestown to the Civil Rights Movement. This is a unique, enriching series designed to teach reading strategies appropriate for historical novels used in middle school reading, language arts, or social studies classes.
- Reading Level 5-8
- Interest Level 6-8
Jamestown's American Portraits, an American saga of families and friends, traces the history of America through many generations and cultures from the viewpoint of adolescent girls and boys. Young readers will be captivated by these novels that span history-changing events -- from the founding of Jamestown to World War II and beyond -- and that enrich their reading skills and knowledge of American history.
-- Exciting and absorbing novels for readers age 9-12 that are accessible to students of differing reading skills
-- Features talented and award-winning young adult authors such as Susan Beth Pfeffer, James Lincoln Collier, Peter and Connie Roop, and G. Clifton Wisler
-- Stories are told by a diverse set of narrators with whom all children can identify
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Table of Contents
Wind on the River
reveals the coming-of-age experience of 15-year-old Private John Griffith Allen, a Confederate soldier from South Carolina. Griff survives the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 only to be captured by Yankee soldiers and sent as a prisoner of war to the notorious death trap called Point Lookout.
After taking the oath of allegiance, switching sides and becoming a "Galvanized Yankee," Griff is sent to remote Fort Rice on the upper Missouri River in Dakota Territory. There he struggles to discover who he is while surviving the rigors of a hostile new environment and a terrifying Indian war. His encounter with two half-sisters living at Fort Rice challenges his prejudices and forces him to reconsider what it means to be a hero.