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Book Title: The Journal of Jasper Jonathan Pierce: A Pilgrim Boy|
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Reader ratings: 7.6
The author of the book: Ann Rinaldi
Edition: Scholastic Inc.
Date of issue: October 2002
ISBN 13: 9780439445566
Format files: PDF
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I'd take this to 3.5 if we could. This is the type of historical fiction I do really appreciate, using fictional or minor figures to tell the story instead of presuming to know what a key figure is thinking/feeling.
This book does a good job of painting the real picture of the arrival of the Mayflower pilgrims, so the reader sees how the land was actually already cultivated and that Native Americans had many different communities established in the Massachusetts region when the Europeans arrived. It also shows the hardship of a sickness that killed half of the pilgrims in the first few months, as well as the varied nature of the people who came over on the ship. They weren't all Puritans looking for freedom of religion, though that was the main drive for those who held the power. Others in the group were looking for a new start, adventure, or escape from poverty and/or persecution. Several of them had little choice in the matter (like the protagonist), being indentured or apprenticed to men who did decide to join the venture.
In any case, it gives a better picture of the coming of the Pilgrims to America than most people understand.
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Read information about the authorAnn Rinaldi (b. August 27, 1934, in New York City) is a young adult fiction author. She is best known for her historical fiction, including In My Father's House, The Last Silk Dress, An Acquaintance with Darkness, A Break with Charity, and Hang a Thousand Trees with Ribbons. She has written a total of forty novels, eight of which were listed as notable by the ALA. In 2000, Wolf by the Ears was listed as one the best novels of the preceding twenty-five years, and later of the last one hundred years. She is the most prolific writer for the Great Episode series, a series of historical fiction novels set during the American Colonial era. She also writes for the Dear America series.
Rinaldi currently lives in Somerville, New Jersey, with her husband, Ron, whom she married in 1960. Her career, prior to being an author, was a newspaper columnist. She continued the column, called The Trentonian, through much of her writing career. Her first published novel, Term Paper, was written in 1979. Prior to this, she wrote four unpublished books, which she has called "terrible." She became a grandmother in 1991.
Rinaldi says she got her love of history from her eldest son, who brought her to reenactments. She says that she writes young adult books "because I like to write them."
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