Four hundred years ago, a boy arrived in America–Samuel Collier came from nothing. A street urchin, an orphan, and even a thief, he seems headed for a life in the alleys of London. So when he becomes the page of Captain John Smith and boards the ship the Susan Constant/em, bound for the New World, he can;#39;t believe his good fortune. He;#39;s heard that gold washes ashore with every tide. But beginning with the stormy journey and his first contact with the native people, he realizes that the New World is nothing like he had ever imagined. Based on the true story of the settlement of Jamestown, Blood on the River brings to life a significant time in American history. Lexile Measure:/ 820L Copyright 2006. Middle school. 5 x 8 inches. Softcover. 218 pages.