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Sarah's new World

by Coleen L. Reece
Series: Sisters in Time #1
138 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Breeze

An easy to read, historically-based book.

Plot

Sarah Smythe has lived in Holland all her life, but now her family is among the pilgrims going to America. She must leave her home and her friends for an uncertain and dangerous life across the ocean. Will they make it across the Atlantic? And if so, what will her future in the New World hold?

Morality

Children are taught to respect and obey their elders, and wrongdoing is punished. The Pilgrim leaders always try to follow God's will. Sarah's brother John sometimes spies on meetings and important conversations, even after he has been told not to. Some children are constantly getting into trouble, but are punished.

Spiritual Content

The Pilgrims were professing Christians. Nearly all of the main characters' actions and decisions are based on their faith in God. They frequently quote Scripture and share Bible stories to encourage one another on the difficult journey. They also pray often for direction and give thanks for God's providence.

Violence

There is mention of the cat-o'-nine-tails but it is never used. Some of the sailor threaten to throw people overboard, but they don't mean it. The ship nearly blows up when someone toys with a gun.

Drug and Alcohol Content

None.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

The sailors call people names and it is mentioned that a few people swear, though no words are written out. The practice is shown to be wrong.

Conclusion

This is a good picture of what it would of been like for a child on the Mayflower. Though the series is called Sisters in Time, the boys in the stories are usually as major characters as the girls. I would recommend this for boys and girls aged nine and up.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 8-10

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