Amanda’s father sailed from England to America in the early 1600’s to help settle the new British Colony of Virginia. The original plan was for the family to join him in a year or two, but mother unexpectedly dies and Amanda is left alone to care for her two younger siblings in London.
She decides the only reasonable course ahead is to reunite her family by sailing with her brother and sister to find their father in America. With paltry resources and few friends, she makes it happen. The crossing is long, grueling and dangerous. The three young children cling to each other and to the small brass lions -head their father gave them before he left. He promised them that the lion would keep them safe until they met again.
With faith in their father’s words, the brass lion and each other, they bravely step into the unknown to find a better future in a strange new land. This is a well-written and exciting story about a perilous time in early American history. It makes a particularly good read-aloud with early grade children.
Early & Middle Grade Reading Levels, 128 pages, Historical Fiction, Published in 1981.