THE ADVENTURES OF JUAN ORTIZ

THE ADVENTURES OF JUAN ORTIZ

EXPLORER, CAPTIVE ,INTERPRETER

EXPLORER, CAPTIVE ,INTERPRETER

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  • Developed for 4th, 5th, & 6th grade

  • Easy to Read

  • Conversational Format

  • High Action throughout the book

  • Historical fiction

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BASED ON JUAN’S REAL LIFE EXPERIENCES

The Adventures of Juan Ortiz: Explorer, Captive, Interpreter is a captivating story of a fifteen year-old noble who left Seville, Spain, to explore the New World. This engaging story is based on Juan’s real-life experiences. He left Spain to seek excitement and unexpectedly found more than he anticipated.

During his journeys, Juan experienced the life as an explorer on a Spanish galleon crossing the Atlantic Ocean. He was then taken captive by a Calusa Indian village in Southwest Florida and then lived with another village for nine years. Juan was later found by Hernando de Soto and served as his interpreter, translating the Indians languages into Spanish.

Readers of The Adventures of Juan Ortiz will be riveted by the fast-paced action as Juan transforms from a spoiled noble into a compassionate explorer who is torn between two cultures and must ultimately decide how to use the skills he’s learned to do what is right for the people he has grown to respect.

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Reviews

Today’s people need stories like The Adventures of Juan Ortiz. The themes of honor, perseverance, and faith are woven through the artful telling of Ortiz’s trials and travails in the New World. Based on truth, enhanced by the author’s passion for American History and his love for people, this book is an inspiring tale for readers. 
Lisa Wood, Book Critic

Wow, just Wow! The Adventures of Juan Ortiz is amazing! This book is important work for young readers.

Marci Thornton Jones, Carnegie Center for Literacy

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