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Brian Doyle has run away from home, fleeing his father’s hot temper. When he signs on as a sailor on an Alaskan whaling ship, Brian finds more adventure and danger on the high seas than any boy could imagine, and discovers himself along the way.
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Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.
Grade 5-8-Brian Doyle, 14, decides he has had enough of his alcoholic, abusive father and leaves San Francisco to sign on to a whaling ship. From the beginning, the voyage appears to be plagued by bad luck: the sailors find very few whales and must journey to the frigid, dangerous seas around Alaska. Brian's journal details the trials of living aboard the Florence, including the clash of personalities, bad weather, an incompetent captain, and the illness and death of some crewmembers. When they enter the Bering Strait and the ice closes around the ship, the sailors must abandon the vessel and split up with the lifeboats. When Brian's group reaches land, he sets off on his own to look for a settlement and brings back help to rescue the rest of the men. Murphy does a good job of combining a gripping adventure with Brian's coming-of-age experience and plenty of meaty details about shipboard life and whaling in the 1870s. A small selection of photos is included, and a historical note provides interesting information about the whaling industry.
Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL
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