Stowaway Hardcover – 1 Nov 2000
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About the Author
Karen Hesse is the author of many books for young people, including "Out of the Dust", winner of the Newbery Medal, "Letters from Rifka", "Brooklyn Bridge", "Phoenix Rising", "Sable "and" Lavender". In addition to the Newbery, she has received honors including the Scott O Dell Historical Fiction Award, the MacArthur Fellowship Genius Award and the Christopher Award, and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. Born in Baltimore, Hesse graduated from the University of Maryland. She and her husband Randy live in Vermont. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Paperback.
Top Customer Reviews
Only a few facts are known about the real Nicholas Young, who did stow away, aged 11, on Cook's voyage around the world between 1768-1771, was commissioned by Cook after the ship reached Tahiti, was bullied by a vindictive midshipman, assisted the Endeavour's surgeon and was the first person to spot New Zealand. Later, on growing up, he went on other journeys of exploration.
Some have commented that the book is surprisingly slow, but surely that is the point, sailing was very slow with very little happening between storms, masts toppling and sailors being lashed before the island-hopping expeditions begin. What is needless information to one reader is fascinating to another, especially for those approaching their teenage years who are the intended reading audience. Sufficient information, dates, latitudes and longitudes, and geographical names are included to enable the most responsive readers to follow and broaden the story on the internet.
On the run from his demanding father, a bullying schoolteacher, the Reverend Smythe, and the cruel butcher who employed him, Nick is first met hiding away with the animals on the Endeavour after having been helped onboard by some friendly crewmembers. He must stay hidden for months and moths, so as not to run the risk on being set ashore on his discovery. The reader shares his increasing discomfort.Read more ›
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Nicholas was weak and weak hearted when he started the voyage. At the end of the book he is a fully weathered sailor. Nick has to deal with a mean midshipsman Mr. Bootie who orders him around like a dog. He overcomes problems like that by just doing it perfectly so Mr. Bootie can't yell at him. I overcome most problems like Nick I do them as well as I can so nobody can yell at me. I might like to stowaway on a ship because I love boats and I think it would be fun to sail on one. ." "I figured that this one would be as good as Out Of The Dust. It is, but in a different way. I loved how much it taught me about history and how it's sent me hunting for answers to questions it raised. The map on the inside of the front and back covers was invaluable in tracking the trip. And what a nice surprise at the end of the book to find out there was a real Nicholas." Said a person from College Station, TX USA " I loved the book I would give it 5 stars *****. I would recommend this book to any body who loves adventure books. Stowaway was a book I could not put down until I finished it.
We the reader join the story through Nick's eyes, as we are reading his journal. He makes an entry almost every day for the 2 years that they are at sea, and through his journal we also observe his growth into a sharp eyed young man that is very likable and gains the respect of his shipmates. It is a dramatized piece of history by the Newberry award winning writer. The author combed the actual records on the real life voyage of the Endeavor, in order to make the book as factual as possible. The nautical dialogue is accurate, but includes a glossary in the back to look up terms you do not understand. There is a list of the ships crew, and a map of the journey to follow as well. There are some illustration in the book, and the outer wrap-around cover of the book is very nice, and is based on a real seventeenth-century original.
One of the interesting impacts this book has on young people, is it leads them to want to learn more about history and they want to go to the library or other sources to learn more about Captain Cook's explorations. The book is suitable for readers age 10 and up, but any younger reader that wants to tackle it should by all means. As an adult that borrowed the book from my son for a plane trip, I too thoroughly enjoyed this interesting story. If your young reader enjoyed this, they may like to read "Carry on, Mr. Bowditch", or "The Dark Frigate".
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