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Though some warrior-age men were killed and others enslaved, the vast majority were accepted as full members of the tribe. In such small-scale societies, there was power in numbers, and newcomers were swiftly taught Indian language and skills that replaced their European ways. If the lost colonists followed this path and assimilated quickly into Carolina Algonquian society, as many historians believe, they may have left evidence in the form of DNA in their descendants. But the image remains stubbornly fuzzy. Since no one has pinpointed modern English descended from colonist relatives, Estes has nothing to compare with her samples from current-day descendants of eastern North Carolinians.
Extracting DNA from 16th-century bones on Roanoke Island, Hatteras, or at Site X could provide a reliable link between the settlers and their descendants, but that genetic material remains elusive. On Hatteras, some members of old families maintain that their ancestors were Native Americans. Real estate records indicate that a small community of Indians remained on the island as late as , two centuries after the Roanoke settlers arrived, but there is no sign of Indian traditions that persisted into the 20th century.
Some of the Indians, however, moved to the mainland swamps to the west to join Algonquian cousins known in the 18th century as the Machapunga. This area, still boggy backcountry more plentiful in wildlife than people, is where John Smith was told Europeans could be found.
Incoming Europeans and Africans subsequently mixed with the Machapunga. In the midth century, racial purity laws designated most nonwhite North Carolinians as black. Early in the 20th century a visiting anthropologist identified a group of people called the Machapunga living on the mainland. By the s, drawn by better opportunities, a hundred or so of this group had moved to Manteo, the seat of Dare County, on Roanoke Island.
If the lost colonists melted into the Croatoan and then the Machapunga, their fate is rich with historical irony. By the late 19th century, a popular myth imagined Virginia Dare as a beautiful blond-haired and blue-eyed virgin in a wilderness filled with dark savages. She also was a powerful symbol of white supremacy in the Jim Crow South.
If she lived to have a family of her own, the most likely descendants of this fancied forest damsel are the African Americans now living within a few miles of her birthplace. That would mean that even before the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown, the American melting pot already was bubbling with a diverse genetic mixture of English and Native Americans—and possibly Africans as well. Sir Francis Drake liberated hundreds of black slaves, likely including Muslims, in Caribbean raids in Many historians argue that he dropped them at Roanoke Island when he rescued the all-male colony and that they intermingled with Carolina Algonquian society.
One rainy spring morning I visit the chief of the Roanoke-Hatteras tribe. Marilyn Berry Morrison meets me at the door of her suburban home in Chesapeake, Virginia. Though she looks African-American, her Indian-print dress and intricate ponytails braided in leather straps proclaim her identity. Her tribe has yet to win state or federal status, and family DNA consists of only a smattering of Indian genes.
I ask her about the link to the Roanoke settlers. We are the original melting pot. But hers is not a sweet tale of openhearted assimilation. Morrison pulls out a thick family album and flips through the pages. My eyes fall on one name that lacks a photograph. Two decades before Jamestown, settlers arrived in what is now North Carolina. What happened to them is a mystery, but there are some clues.
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Excavations at the site of a Native American town on Hatteras Island have yielded a mix of Indian and European artifacts, suggesting that some of the stranded colonists were adopted by the friendly Croatoan tribe. By Andrew Lawler. Photographs by Mark Thiessen. This story appears in the June issue of National Geographic magazine. Some researchers believe it may mark the location of a fort where the colonists fled after abandoning their settlement on Roanoke Island.
What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke? A prominent American mystery, the lost colony of Roanoke has captivated historians and archaeologists for generations. Learn the facts behind the disappearance of the settlement and its inhabitants and how modern technology continues to uncover new clues as to what happened on Roanoke Island.
Hover over the map to discover more about the lost colonies. European nations had similar motives for seeking a foothold in the New World. The Spanish set sail with a fervor for gold and to convert souls to Roman Catholicism, the French desired trade and profits, and the English—arriving late— hungered for prestige and equal standing as a colonial power. Many early ventures ended in failure. Failed colony Successful colony. Selected fort or mission. Modern names are shown for physical features.
First successful French colony. This story of babies switched at birth is complete with midwives, wizards, witches, spells and mischief. It is a fun read full of imagination and intrigue. Urchin, a foundling, was found on the shore of Mistmantle Island. This story teaches valuable lessons about appearances and relationships in a non-preachy manner, and even young readers can identify with Jane, recognizing before Pyg does that true beauty comes from the inside.
Find The Trouble With Wishes at your local library. The author provides personality and humor for each of the characters as they plead their case to the readers. Alternately funny, spooky, thought-provoking and magical, this is a vividly illustrated and accessible collection of Mexican folktales. Find Walter, the Story of a Rat at your local library. The storytelling cadence is just right; the characters are a colorful mix of guile and gumption; and the lessons vary from laugh-out-loud funny to touching. Find Porch Lies at your local library.
David Schwartz offers the perfect read-aloud for the child who has difficulty conceptualizing a million. This book will surely tickle your funny bone. Find How Much Is a Million? Jon Scieszka, a former teacher and a popular author for boys, presents a hilarious read for anyone who suffers from a math phobia. Would your heart start to race? Spend the day with a girl who wakes up one morning to find that every event in her life has been reduced to some sort of math problem. Have fun solving the problems she encounters, and see if you agree that she has been cursed! Find Math Curse at your local library.
A prize-winning story of the biggest slave auction in history. Parents need to know that the way slaves are treated is disturbing — they are beaten into unconsciousness, treated like animals with no feelings and separated from their families.
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Readers will encounter the whipping of slaves, a forced fight in which a slave loses an eye, the death of a baby in a rainstorm and a suicide. Families who read this book could discuss the historical background of the American slave system. How could people who considered themselves to be good, decent people have treated others in this way? How could the slaves endure it? How could Sampson, a slave, come to identify so strongly with being a slave that he resisted freedom?
This story is a short, powerful example of historical fiction. Readers see the experiences of a wealthy white family and an immigrant Chinese family at the time of the San Francisco earthquake. A subplot describes discrimination that is experienced and overcome. Find The Earth Dragon Awakes at your local library.
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A daughter of Korean immigrants, Linda grew up outside of Chicago as an avid baseball fan. Being a Brooklyn Dodgers fan in the early s meant season after season of dashed hopes, but main character Maggie goes on rooting for the Dodgers. Against a background of major league baseball and the Korean War on the home front, Maggie looks for, and finds, a way to make a difference. Find Keeping Score at your local library. The Monroe family is visited by the famous author of the FleshCrawlers books. When the author and his crow show an unusual interest in Bunnicula, the Monroe pets are sure that their favorite rabbit is in danger.
Lizzie, the eldest, is 13, Dan is 10, and Max is 7. When their only neighbors, the ancient Potwards, complain and ruin her birthday party, Lizzie decides to become a witch and cast a spell on them. With coincidences piling up on top of spells, Lizzie begins to believe in her own power, Dan becomes uneasy and Max is absolutely positive that Lizzie can work magic and that magic runs in the family. This book is a wonderful combination — ludicrously funny and touching.
Find Circle of Doom at your local library. Parents will also be thrilled to know that despite the fact that the book is written in less-formal journal style with fun cartoons, everything is spelled correctly i. Find Diary of a Wimpy Kid at your local library. This book has sibling rivalry, one wild party and some scheming to cheat on tests and get out of chores. The great thing is, like most middle school kids, the characters get caught and are punished. Families can talk about lying and friendship. How would you feel if your friends treated you like Greg did Chirag?
Have you ever done something in school that made other people feel bad, but made you feel cool and popular? The Blossoms are not an ordinary family. With a mother who is a rodeo trick rider, a grandfather who innocently manages to scare the local citizenry and get himself arrested, and a dog who wears a red bandana — not to mention a boy who thinks he can fly — it is not surprising that the Blossoms attract misadventures. The hook: On the 30th floor of the wacky Wayside School is Mrs.
Sharie falls asleep and rolls out the window. Joe counts all wrong and gets the right answer. Calvin is sent to the 19th floor to deliver a note, but there is no 19th floor — the builder forgot it. This nutty world is built on the sort of playful twists of logic that kids love. Ten-year-old Alonzo King is an expert about monster movies. He spends hours with Scotch tape and makeup trying to master his beloved monster faces in the mirror. When a mysterious beast is rumored to be stomping on flower beds and scratching up cars, Alonzo is called on for his monster expertise.
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The concept of twins and the mystery of a prankster draw students into the story plot. The story is told by a young boy who is endearingly naive and who understands less than the reader about what is really going on. He is missing a parent and doing the best he can with his limited understanding to make things better for everyone. And his well-meaning but clueless actions change not only his family, but his town.
Dylan lives with his sisters and parents, and is the only boy in a small, rainy town in Wales. They run a small garage, the Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel, on the brink of insolvency. Dylan is obsessed with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as is Tom, the man who tried to rob them and whom they hire instead. Then a series of seemingly unrelated events starts to change things in their lives and community.
Find Framed at your local library. The year is Jake Bannock and his father Sam are on the run and hiding out in Blowfly, Nevada. Find Jim Ugly at your local library. Liza and her mother are seeking refuge in Gumbo Limbo, a lush hammock of trees in the Florida Everglades. Also in residence is Dajun the alligator, caretaker of this precious ecosystem. When Dajun is seen as a threat to the nearby condos in development, he is ordered killed and Liza becomes determined to keep him safe at any cost.
Bullying, blackmail, and tongue-in-cheek humor run rampant at Emerson Hickey Elementary in this 10th installment of these private-eye mysteries. It is, however, a fantastic adventure based in a three-tiered world. As the Earth begins to shake, the residents of Atherton wonder what is happening to their world and their societies as the upper echelon begins to sink into the lower tier. How will the inhabitants overcome the rules of their existence and work together to face down the unthinkable? The first in a series, this installment will leave the reader clamoring for more. Eddie Mott has been in love with his friend Sunny from the first time he met her.
The school dance is coming up and he has asked his friends Pickles and Salem for help. Find Do the Funky Pickle at your local library. A terrific book for reluctant readers and discussion groups, it packs a load of emotional and intellectual depth into a very accessible package. Find Love That Dog at your local library. Parents should know that this is exactly the kind of book you hope your kids will find and love — showing the best examples of kids and adults behaving in caring, intelligent and positive ways.
Find Lunch Money at your local library. Eddie, Sunny, Salem and Pickles are now in the sixth grade and their adventures are still going strong. And Pickles? Find Picklemania at your local library. With the head of the household now paralyzed and unable to work, and Chula scarred with a disfigured face and the onset of epilepsy, the Sanchez family is struggling to make ends meet. Humiliated but still determined, Pape is convinced that El Jefe, the most revered prizefighter in Mexico, is their ticket to financial salvation.
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Find Prizefighter en mi Casa at your local library. It has a noble pedigree, from Goodbye, Mr. Chips to Conrack to Miss Nelson is Missing. This is a lovely, moving book. Find Sahara Special at your local library. Readers will grin from beginning to end of this enchanting story. A kid getting a novel published — too ridiculous to be believable, right? Just ask Gordon Korman, whose first novel, which he wrote as a seventh-grade English project, was published when he was It sold very well, and he had five more published before he graduated from high school.
Publishers are looking for good school stories — who better to write one than a kid? This book should prompt many fruitful family discussions, and inspire young authors to reach for their dreams. Find The School Story at your local library. This book tells the story of Bradley Chalkers, a boy who tells enormous lies, picks fights with girls, spits on people and is considered by his teachers to have behavioral issues.
Bradley has no friends, is disliked by all the students and teachers in the school and, always sits by himself in the last seat, last row. Things start to change when Jeff Fishkin, a new student, arrives and is placed in the only empty seat left in the room, right next to Bradley. The school hires a new counselor, Carla, who sees potential in Bradley and works with him to make him see the potential in himself, a difficult task for a boy who sees himself as a monster. Addie has dyslexia, so learning is an act of will and persistence. As Mommers falters, he continues to support them, but the only home he can purchase for them is a small trailer parked across from a mini-mart.
I found it impossible to leave Addie until I had finished. Find Waiting for Normal at your local library. This bibliotherapy. I have coffee, but the fanciest thing I make with my espresso machine is a latte, so if you're used to soy no-foam mochaccinos, you're going to be disappointed. You won't need to go into detail with me.
I only need a broad brushstroke — a brief glimpse into the heart of your pain. That way, I can select the right books. After that, you can start reading your way to a fresh start this evening. The man grunted, infusing his exhalation with a feeling of dismissal. Becoming a reader is a change for the better. Trust me. No one has ever lost by becoming addicted to stories — to the lessons learned by those who possess enough courage to put pen to paper.
For the first time since they'd begun speaking, Nora smiled. And because she was showing the man the unblemished side of her face, she saw that he was utterly transfixed. Her smile wavered before completely vanishing. If you don't approach them with an open mind and a healthy dose of respect, they won't reveal their hidden selves to you. In that event, you'll miss out on what they have to offer. You'll walk through life an empty husk instead of a vibrant kaleidoscope of passion, wisdom, and experience. The man studied her for a long moment. I came to Miracle Springs days ahead of my partners to figure out how to fix things before it happens all over again.
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Nothing's worked. My partners arrive on the three o'clock train, so I have nothing to lose by giving your method a shot. Where is this celebrated Gingerbread House?
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Nora gave him directions and then continued on to Miracle Books. She had things to take care of before the man returned for his session. The trolley from the lodge would be arriving soon, and trolley-loads of rich and restless souls paid Nora's bills. Nora Pennington loved selling books. She loved talking to people about books. But what she wanted most was to heal people using books. Four years ago, when Nora had been a patient in a hospital burn unit, she'd prayed for death.
Not only were her prayers unanswered, but she was also given first-rate medical care and the perfect prescription of stories, courtesy of an Icelandic nurse with silver hair. First, the nurse brought Nora books about physically deformed men who were capable of great genius, devout love, acts of madness, or all of the above. And while Nora refused to watch television or receive visitors, she grudgingly reread Frankenstein. Because I don't think I need any help in that department," Nora had grumbled to the nurse. She'd been angry. She was always angry. And when she wasn't angry, she was depressed.
She felt no other emotions. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, " Nora had told her caregiver after she'd finished the Victor Hugo classic. Because of the narcotics, Nora hadn't immediately realized that the theme of this current set of novels was drunk driving, so she read on. As she'd turned the pages, her emotional pain became as intense as her physical pain.
I thought you were kind. You're strong. You can get there. But it's going to hurt. You have to clean out the wound before it can heal. Let the stories be your antiseptic. Bear the pain now for a chance at a better tomorrow. Otherwise, you'll repeat the mistakes that landed you in this bed. Nora had read every title. He might even make you laugh. I doubt it, Nora had thought. She'd done a terrible, terrible thing. There would be no laughter in her life. Never again. The nurse had sat on the edge of Nora's bed and taken her good hand in hers. The place where you'd begin a new life? Somewhere remote and lovely.
A place where people still grow vegetable gardens and build purple-martin houses.
Where they have quirky holiday parades and bake sales. A place where people look for the pets on posters stapled to telephone polls. A little town. Not so little that everyone will pry into my business, but small enough that the locals will eventually get used to my appearance. Eventually, they'll stop whispering. At this question, Nora had gone clammy with fear. She'd been so caught up in her fantasy that she hadn't considered the practicalities.
During her lengthy convalescence, she'd ignored visitors, phone calls, and letters. But as of tomorrow, she couldn't hide from the outside world anymore.
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Her burn scars had begun to throb, which was good, because the pain kept her grounded. She wanted to feel pain. She deserved it, so she embraced it. Nora had smiled. Smiling hurt the burn wound on her right cheek, but she owed this woman a smile, at the very least. Every town needs a bookstore.