Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and a Newbery Honour Award book a modern classic with a fantastic new cover look
Sophie has persuaded her three uncles and two cousins into letting her join them on a trip of a lifetime aboard The Wanderer--a 45-foot sailboat. They plan to sail north up the coast from Connecticut, then east across the ocean towards England where Sophie's grandfather is looking forward to a visit from his three sons.
Island-hopping as preparations intensify for the ocean crossing, emotions run high in the cramped living quarters, especially when it is decided that everyone must share a skill with the rest of the crew. Bizarrely, Sophie decides to recount stories told to her by a grandfather she has never met. Her ensuing behaviour is slowly unravelled by her cousin Cody--as he struggles with a disrespectful father and problems of his own. Sophie and Cody tackle their dramas together, and in doing so become closer than either of them expected at the beginning of their journey.
The story is substantial, the writing both accomplished and highly readable and the characters so real that their thoughts, secrets and aspirations are laid bare on every page. Reading The Wanderer is a treat. --John McLay --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's about a girl called Sophie who goes across the Atlantic Ocean to Britain from America. The diary features her story, and her cousin's diary, and it's quite unusual, having a story from two points of view. I like it though.
This book is a must for anyone who likes stories about people who discover themselves, or who likes Sharon Creech.