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At a young age, John Howland learned what it meant to take advantage of an opportunity. Leaving the docks of London on the Mayflower as an indentured servant to Pilgrim John Carver, John Howland little knew that he was embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. By his great good fortune, John survived falling overboard on the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, and he earned his keep ashore by helping to scout a safe harbor and landing site for his bedraggled and ill shipmates. Would his luck continue to hold amid the dangers and adversity of the Pilgrims lives in New England? John Howland s tale is masterfully told in his own voice, bringing an immediacy and young perspective to the oft-told Pilgrims story. P.J. Lynch captures this pivotal moment in American history in precise and exquisite detail, from the light on the froth of a breaking wave to the questioning voice of a teen in a new world."
- ISBN-13: 9780763665845
- ISBN-10: 0763665843
- Publisher: Candlewick Press (MA)
- Publish Date: September 2015
- Page Count: 64
- Reading Level: Ages 7-10
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 11.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States/Colonial & Revolutionary
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Transportation - Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-06-15
- Reviewer: Staff
In his authorial debut, Lynch (Mysterious Traveler) presents an intimate account of the Mayflower crossing and the Pilgrims’ first year in America. His imagined first-person narration by real-life indentured servant John Howland employs a zoom-lens focus in its description of pivotal episodes in the harrowing journey. One of these is Howland’s fall overboard: “Down and down I went into the darkness under the icy waves. It was quiet down there, no raging wind or rain like up above.” An eerie underwater blue-green spread shows Howland grasping for a submerged rope, the water’s surface and ship’s keel looming above. Lynch’s meticulous watercolor and gouache illustrations imbue the pages with cinematic energy. The opening birds-eye view of bustling 1620s London allows careful readers to spot a tiny Howland running through muddy streets on a clandestine errand; a later spread shows the Native Americans’ vantage from shadowy woods as they secretly watch the newly arrived Pilgrims. Short chapters with straightforward titles chronologically segment a familiar story that has been personalized through stunning artwork and insightful storytelling. Ages 7–10. Agent: Clare Conville, Conville & Walsh Literary Agency. (Sept.)