While playing on the beach with his little sister, Sally, and their cat, Nebu, Tom discovers an old crate that the children transform into a pirate ship, but their game becomes a nightmare when currents set the youngsters adrift.
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Since the publication of his first novel, Adrift, in 1983, Allan Baillie has become one of Australia's most important writers for children.
On leaving school, Allan worked as a journalist and travelled extensively. Many of his books draw upon this background and give his readers invaluable insights into world politics, with a particular focus on Asia.
Allan Baillie's novels, which include Little Brother (1986), The China Coin (1992) and Saving Abbie (2000), have won him acclaim, awards and international recognition. He is also the author of several highly successful picture books, including Drac and the Gremlin (1989). His books have found success in Japan, Sweden, Holland, Germany, France, Spain, England, the United States, New Zealand and South Africa.
Allan now lives in Sydney with his wife and they have two children. He writes full time.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-- Walking along a beach, Flynn and his younger sister, Sally, discover a large crate and get it to float in a cove. Flynn imagines himself to be a pirate, but must resign himself to taking his whiny sister and her pesky cat aboard. When the box begins drifting out to sea, Sally refuses to abandon her cat, leaving them no other choice than to stay on the box and gravitate toward the horizon. The children suffer from overexposure to the sun, thirst, nighttime cold as well as boredom and fear. While trying to cope with these overwhelming problems, Flynn recalls happier times through stream-of-consciousness images and flashbacks and, while despairing of rescue, reevaluates his feelings for his father. In due course, after even more harrowing episodes, the children reach land and a rescue boat comes into view. While there seems to be a surfeit of perilous episodes, Baillie makes it all sound plausible. This is a survival tale set in Australia, but it is also the account of a boy realistically developing insight into his family and himself. While readers may empathize with his predicament, the story may be too introspective for a broad readership. --Phyllis G. Sidorsky, National Cathedral School, Washington, DC
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Book Description BLACKIE CHILDREN'S BOOKS, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M021692717X