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Book Review

This first historical book in the " Sisters in Time" series by Colleen L. Reece is published by Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Sarah's New World is written for kids ages 8 to 12. The age range reflects readability and not necessarily content appropriateness.

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Plot Summary

John and Sarah Smythe's parents want to give their family the opportunity to worship God freely. Along with other Pilgrims, they decide to leave Holland in 1620 for America. Their first ship, the Speedwell is deemed unfit to sail after they've lived aboard it for many months, and they are transferred to the Mayflower. John and Sarah struggle to maintain faith, hope and a sense of humor despite the hunger, sickness and death around them. As they reach America, they feel torn: They know their lives won't be easy, but they eagerly anticipate making the New World their home.

Christian Beliefs

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.

Other Belief Systems

The sailors on the Mayflower demonstrate a general attitude of superstition; they're not sure what to make of the God their passengers worship.

Authority Roles

John and Sarah's parents are kind, God-fearing people who care about their children's feelings and opinions. Prayerful Pilgrim leaders firmly commit to following God's will regarding a life in the New World. Even one of the gruff sailors (Klaus) on the Mayflower befriends John and Sarah after they're kind to him.

Profanity/Violence

None

Kissing/Sex/Homosexuality

None

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Readability Age Range

8 to 12

Author

Colleen L. Reece

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Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Released

On Video

Year Published

2004

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