Christopher Columbus and the Taino People (History Smashers)

by Kate Messner (Author) Falynn Koch (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 4th − 5th Grade

Myths! Lies! Secrets! Uncover the hidden truth about Christopher Columbus, and learn all about the Taino people. Perfect for fans of the I Survived books and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean and discovered America. Right? WRONG! Columbus never actually set foot in what is now the United States. His voyages took him to islands in the Caribbean and along the coast of South America.

The truth is, when Columbus first arrived, Indigenous peoples, including the Taino, had been living there for thousands of years, raising their families, running their societies, and trading with their neighbors. He didn't "discover" the lands at all! And his name? Not even really Christopher Columbus! Cowritten by bestselling author Kate Messner and our country's premier Taino scholar, this fascinating addition to the series is the one that teachers have been asking for and that kids need to read.

Discover the nonfiction series that demolishes everything you thought you knew about history. Don't miss History Smashers: The Mayflower, Women's Right to Vote, and Pearl Harbor.

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With witty text and entertaining sidebars that add context, this highly illustrated myth-buster will entice reluctant readers and history buffs alike.

Copyright 2023 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books for kids who wonder, too. Her award-winning titles include picture books like Once Upon a Book, Over and Under the Snow, and The Scariest Kitten in the World; middle-grade novels like All the Answers and Breakout; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; the Ranger in Time chapter book adventures; and the History Smashers illustrated nonfiction series. A former middle-school Language Arts teacher, she splits her time between New York's Champlain Valley and Florida's Gulf Coast. Visit her online at katemessner.com and find her on social media at @katemessner.

Classification
Non-fiction
ISBN-13
9780593564264
Lexile Measure
1070
Guided Reading Level
-
Publisher
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
August 08, 2023
Series
History Smashers
BISAC categories
JNF007020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
JNF018040 - Juvenile Nonfiction | People & Places | United States - Native American
JNF025080 - Juvenile Nonfiction | History | Exploration & Discovery
Library of Congress categories
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