The Serpent Never Sleeps by Scott O'Dell

By Scott O'Dell

Pocahontas and early Jamestown are dropped at existence during the eyes of the Newbery Award winner's most recent historic heroine.

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You mean Unlike the other ones who do? Listen, if you’d rather climb back down and wander the streets looking for food, I’m sure Fisk would be happy to lower the rope. Now stop complaining and watch out for booby traps. "Booby traps"? The Queen’s treasury is boobytrapped? Wouldn’t yours be? Good point. And where are they? Ugh. Your map doesn't say? Sure he did! So, what are we looking for? Trip wires? False floors? The traps were just disarmed then, So they could bring the gold up! how would he know what they are?

The big treasury heist. …But I think Topper’s putting one over on you. He’s probably back at the wagon right now, laughing the points off his ears. Think about it. I mean, how would he even get up there? He crawled in through the drain. The drain?! HA! Now I've heard everything! why would a treasury have a drainage system? Well, okay… But this is too small for anyone but — Last chance, Dessa. You wanna help us or not? I'm so hungry! Bah! Scavenging dog! Please, guardsman! Just a crust of bread?

Bah! Scavenging dog! Please, guardsman! Just a crust of bread? Away from the palace before we clap you in irons! What's the problem here, men? Captain Drake! N-nothing, sir. Just a beggar, sir. You know how the Queen hates them milling about. Yes. I know. So unlike her father. King Roderick would send servers to the gates with surplus food, and orders to hand it out to whatever needy souls might be about. Of course, people weren’t so desperate then. I-I barely remember Roderick, sir. Me neither.

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