Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History

Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History


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In 1587 John White was chosen by Sir Walter Raleigh to lead a new colony at Roanoke off the Atlantic coast. After bringing many men, women, and children to the new land, White went back to England to gather supplies for the long winter. But when he finally returned to the fort almost three years later, he found that all of the colonists had vanished. The only signs of life left were the letters CRO carved into a tree and the word CROATOAN carved into one of the fort's posts. Some people think that the Spanish army captured the colonists; some people think that the local native people murdered them; others think that the colonists went off to live with the native people and start a new life. Still others think that the colonists tried to sail home to England and were lost at sea. No one knows for sure.
Become a detective as you read this true story, study the clues, and try to figure out the fate of the lost colony of Roanoke. The Unsolved Mystery from History series is written by acclaimed author Jane Yolen and former private investigator Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple. Read carefully and check your clues. You might be the first to solve a puzzle that has baffled people for years.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689823213
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Series: Unsolved Mystery from History Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 134,576
Product dimensions: 9.25(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

Heidi Elizabet Yolen Stemple is Jane Yolen’s daughter and sometime writing partner. Together they wrote the Unsolved Mysteries from History series. Heidi lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts.

Roger Roth, Sr., has partnered with Dr. Hanby in his ministry and writing for many years. Together they oversee Mark Hanby Ministries/Fathers Heart Ministries, an internationally recognized teaching and resource center.

Jane Yolen is an award-winning author who has written more than 380 books for children, including the bestseller How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? and the 1988 Caldecott Medal winner Owl Moon. She is known for her beautiful poetry, picture books, fairy tales, novels, and nonfiction, and has even been called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America” (Newsweek). She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her at

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Roanoke, the Lost Colony: An Unsolved Mystery from History 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book was great! and I even learned about this in school and it gave a better understanding of jamestown and roanoke.
lekenned on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A non- fiction book about the early American settlement, this would be a good book to read to students when teaching early American history.
AngMarWilson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was told in a version by a young girl. The book uses pictures, stories, and documents from history to re-create the events surrounding the Roanoke colonists disappearances. The young girl concludes by sharing possible theories and explaining the mystery behind the STILL missing Roanoke colonists.I enjoy reading books about history and its mysteries. This book piqued my interest. The book had great illustrations and its layout was very informative and easy to follow along with.I would use this book during my history lesson. Another way I would use this book is to create a discussion with my students and listen to their theories of what might had happened to the missing colonists.
momma2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This clearly gave us all the facts known about the lost colony, including some archeological facts. It then presented the top 5 most popular theories on Roanoke. The children enjoyed discussing the theories and deciding for themselves based on the facts presented.