Exploration

Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

Tony Horwitz

"An irresistible blend of history, myth, and misadventure, A Voyage Long and Strange captures the wonder and drama of first contact. Vikings, conquistadors, French voyageurs--these and many others roamed an unknown continent in quest of grapes, gold, converts, even a cure for syphilis. Though most failed, their remarkable exploits left an enduring mark on the land and people encountered by late-arriving English settlers." (Book Description)

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Adult

John Smith Escapes Again!

By Rosalyn Schanzer

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Long before Harry Houdini thrilled the world with his impossible deeds, America had produced an escape artist whose biography reads like an adventure novel. Many readers will know John Smith as the man rescued from death by Pocahontas, but Smith's story included a series of fantastic episodes: escape from imprisonment, ambush by Indians, attacks by ruthless sea pirates, and more escapades than seem possible in one life.
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Follow the Dream

By Peter Sis

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A richly illustrated version of the story of Christopher Columbus, the most striking of the books published in honor of the 500th anniversary of his voyages.

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Westward with Columbus

By John Dyson

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In the summer of 1990, a crew of adventurers, including the author, faithfully reenacted Columbus's famous voyage in a replica of the Nina. From this modern voyage, the book flashes back to life aboard the original ships, where readers will meet a fictional cabin boy and witness the entire voyage through his eyes.
A Time Quest Book.

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The Story of Columbus

By Anita Ganeri

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In easy language, the book describes how Christopher Columbus survived danger on his voyages to the New World. A Dorling Kindersley, Level 2 beginning reader, good for students who are starting to read on their own but still need some help. Includes maps and many illustrations.

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Meet Christopher Columbus

By Peter De Jonge

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The story of Columbus's voyages, his encounters with storms, Indians and political intrique is told in a clear and exciting fashion. Includes map of the world during Columbus's time and a detailed drawing of the Santa Maria. An excellent biography for beginning readers.

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If You Were There in 1492

By David Brenner

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Readers take a trip back in time to learn about the culture and civilization of 15th century Europe and Spain, and the discovery of America by Columbus.
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I, Columbus: My Journal, 1492-3

By Peter and Connie Roop

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All the excitement of Columbus' first voyage of discovery is captured in the master mariner's own diaries.
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I Sailed with Columbus

By Miriam Schlein

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In this fictionalized history, Julio, a twelve-year-old ship's boy, keeps a diary of his time aboard the Santa Maria. He learns to navigate by the stars, measure with knots, and sing songs to pass the time on the long voyage and is there at the Santa Maria's wreck.

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Encounter

By Jane Yolen

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What did the Taino people of present-day San Salvador think when they first encountered Columbus? Jane Yolen, a gifted writer, has imagined how a young native boy would have felt as a customary feast in the strangers' honor ends in his kidnapping. There is no record of how the Taino reacted to Columbus, but this fictionalized history gives another perspective to the legend of the explorer.

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