Today I will write about a My America Series Book called Our Strange New Land. It is a book about a 12 year old girl named Elizabeth, [or maybe she is 13 or 11.] She is coming on a ship from England. The ship is not the Mayflower though. The Mayflower’s story took place in 1620. Elizabeth’s story took place before that, in 1609. Elizabeth twin brother named Caleb, had infected lungs. Caleb had to stay in England. He would set sail to the new world in spring 1610. Elizabeth had took his drawing book and brought it on her adventure as her diary. She wrote to Caleb almost everyday in the notebook.
On the ship Elizabeth, met a girl that looked almost like her. Her name was Jessie. Jessie’s mother died in the new world, which made Jessie so upset. Jessie and Elizabeth hated the boys who lived next to them. They always teased Jessie and Elizabeth. One time Elizabeth writes about finding a big dead black snake. They planned revenge on the boys. While they were sleeping. Jessie and Elizabeth slipped into one of the boys rooms, they put the snake next to one of the boys. In the the morning the Jessie and Elizabeth woke up from a scream. Jessie and Elizabeth looked at each other and laughed. The two girls become friends with an Indian girl, Pocahontas. One day Elizabeth’s mother had a baby girl. They named her Abigail.
When the leader of the town, John Smith, goes out to find food, Elizabeth’s father is left in charge. When John Smith got back, his leg was burnt from a explosion on a boat. John Smith has to go back to England. Jessie has to go back to England as well. Elizabeth is heart broken. What will happen to Elizabeth and Jessie? Find out in Our Strange New Land and Starving Time.