How can a castaway survive on a tiny island that's nothing but sand -- no fresh water, no vegetation, no animals, just sand? How can another manage to face down a crocodile, a shark, and the bizarre beasts that roam his stange deserted island and prey on his imagination? And what can a third do when he finds himself adrift one hundred miles from land, surrounded by ocean and sky -- and ghosts?
Here are six unforgettable tales of people who are set upon by raging weather, swooping seas, hunger, thirst, wild animals, overwhelming loneliness, and, harshest of all, thier own inner demons. Based on historical accounts and legends and seasoned with Gerald Hausmann's own experiences as a Sea Scout and long-distance swimmer, these exciting stories are fired with desperation, chilled with haunting breezes . . . and warmed by the sweet peace of survival.
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Gerald Hausman is the author of more than fifty books for children and adults, many of which deal with the theme of survival. These include Wilderness, which he co-wrote with Roger Zelazny, and Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas, of which Kirkus's starred review said, "This grand mix of pulse-pounding action#133;and colorful characters fits firmly in the tradition of Treasure Island." His book Duppy Talk: West Indian Tales of Mystery and Magic received an Aesop Accolade and was used as the basis for a Haunted History program on the History Channel in August 2001. Doctor Moledinky's Castle received starred reviews in School Library Journal and Kirkus and was selected for SLJ's list of "Sleepers -- 100 Books Too Good to Miss." Gerald and his co-author wife, Loretta, live on a gulf island in Florida with two dogs, two cats, and a parrot.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-9-These six stories were inspired by tales of real people who survived shipwrecks. In 1540, Peter Serrano, a Spanish traveler, was marooned on a barren island near Peru and survived by eating sea turtles and using their shells for shade and shelter. In the 1940s, 15-year-old Henri Roi's swimming prowess made him a legend. In the water with shipmates after their boat capsizes, Henri says, "We gonna make it.- I not gonna let you drown. I got the Great Maker in my heart and King Neptune in my bones; I can swim forever. This sea, this angry sea, is nothing to me." The teen's story is told in colorful language and with the dramatic flair of a storyteller. Ghosts and mythical creatures appear throughout the stories, especially in "The Beasts of Philip Ashton," in which the castaway succumbs to madness trying to ward off the night beasts and day beasts. A story about Logan Welsh and a ghostly encounter with the Pinta is loosely based on the real adventures of Joshua Slocum. While some stories are stronger than others, this collection would make a good read-aloud for middle grades.
Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
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