Cate of the Lost Colony By Lisa Klein

Aug 12, 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pub. Date: October 12, 2010
ISBN: 1599905078
Pages: 336 pages
Source: ARC copy received  from publisher
Lady Catherine is one of Queen Elizabeth's favorite court maidens—until her forbidden romance with Sir Walter Ralegh is discovered. In a bitter twist of irony, the jealous queen banishes Cate to Ralegh's colony of Roanoke, in the New World. Ralegh pledges to come for Cate, but as the months stretch out, Cate begins to doubt his promise and his love. Instead it is Manteo, a Croatoan Indian, whom the colonists—and Cate—increasingly turn to. Yet just as Cate's longings for England and Ralegh fade and she discovers a new love in Manteo, Ralegh will finally set sail for the New World.

Seamlessly weaving together fact with fiction, Lisa Klein's newest historical drama is an engrossing tale of adventure and forbidden love—kindled by one of the most famous mysteries in American history: the fate of the settlers at Roanoke, who disappeared without a trace forty years before the Pilgrims would set foot in Plymouth.
 Lisa Klein is one of my favorite YA authors and her books are always intriguing.  She makes Shakespeare and history something I cannot wait to read and learn about. Her newest novel Cate of the Lost Colony is no different.

Lady Catherine Archer (Cate) is a maiden of Queen Elizabeth's court and is one of the Queen's favorites. Cate accidentally falls for Sir Walter Ralegh though and is about to pay the consequence. You'll find yourself on the adventure of a 16th century maiden's lifetime and won't be able to tear yourself away.

Lisa Klein does not let her readers down in Cate of the Lost Colony. She recreates the 16th century so vividly, you'll find yourself forgetting what century it really is. The characters are unique and will capture your interest within a few pages. The book alternates points of view and Manteo,a Croatoan Indian, was my favorite person to read about and see how the world is through his eyes.

The book has a few slow points, but picks up before you even realize it. After you're finished you'll find yourself wanting to know more about the colonists, Queen Elizabeth, and life in the 16th century.

Overall the book was good, not great like most of Klein's novels, but it was still a beautiful story. Lisa Klein remains one of my favorite YA authors and teachers.

Rating: 4 stars / 5 stars


  1. I love historical fiction and particularly YA because it's a little lighter reading then adult historical fiction. I don't know that I've heard of this author but it certainly sounds like an intriguing book! Great review!


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