Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

Who's Saying What in Jamestown, Thomas Savage?

By Jean Fritz; Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)

Putnam Juvenile, Hardcover, 9780399246449, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 5, 2007


Thomas Savage was just thirteen when he sailed to the New World and was sent to live with Powhatan to learn the Algonquian language and be an interpreter between the Indians and the colonists. Pocahantas was a friendly teacher, and soon he was relaying messages. But as the tensions grew between the groups, Thomas's job became difficult no matter how hard he tried not to take sides. Throughout the violent history of Jamestown, Thomas's position provided a unique view of early America, now illuminated through the incomparable lens of Jean Fritz.

Jamestown is celebrating its 400th anniversary throughout 2007, and this child-centered account of history will draw young readers right into the drama.

About the Author

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We're Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association, and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children's literature.