Voyage to a Free Land, 1630
Hannah, a ten-year-old dreamed of America.
She and her sister, twelve-year-old Abigail both view going to America
as an adventure as they set sail from Chelmsford for London. The real
excitement comes when the girls and their father, and stepmother board
the ship Arbella for Massachusetts Bay.
The family are put in the hold of the ship
for the journey. It is dark and smelly, unlike anything either of the
girls have known. During the trip the girls become acquainted with Zach
an indentured servant. Abigail disapproves but Hannah is intrigued by
his tales of raging storms and enormous spouting creatures from deep in
the ocean. And when Hannah sees the wonders for herself and finds out
what it is like to be marooned at sea, to fight side-by-side with her
sister to survive a storm that threatens to drown them all.
Reviews and Comments
"...tells of a Puritan family's journey to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. ... realistic characters and well-paced plots." -- Horn Book