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Grade 7–10—Ben Byron, 15, is angry. Just two months after the death of his mother in a car accident, his dad, crushed by the loss of his wife, sells their house and small boat and uses the money to buy the Chrysalis, a 30-foot sailboat. He uproots Ben and two younger sons for a yearlong tour of the Bahamas. Life goes as smoothly as it can for a while, despite the tension, chores, and close quarters. But one morning everything changes—their father disappears. When the boat heads into a terrible storm, Ben must act. Throughout the novel, the protagonist's emotions ring true. Although the sailing details are a bit technical at times, Herlong spins an engrossing, suspenseful tale of survival.—Melyssa Malinowski, Kenwood High School, Baltimore, MD
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*Starred Review* Soon after their mother’s death, 15-year-old Ben and his two younger brothers are stunned when their father sells their home, buys a sailboat, and announces that they will live on board and cruise the Bahamas for the next year. Wrenched from everything he knows and forced to obey his father-captain’s orders, Ben starts out angry and finds no escape. As he says, “We were always together.” When their father sets a course for Bermuda and disappears overboard one night, the boys have little time to wonder if he jumped or fell before they’re struggling to stay afloat in a fierce Atlantic storm. Lost at sea in a damaged boat, they find their way to an island where they are stranded with little food, little water, and little hope of rescue. Herlong’s first book is a great survival story and a fine portrayal of family relationships in a time of crisis. Justifiably angry, yet logical, reflective, and at times compassionate, Ben makes a sympathetic protagonist, and his brothers are no less appealing. With enough detail to make the settings real and a minimum of metaphor, the first-person narrative is clean and direct. This page-turner of an adventure story is also a convincing, compelling, and ultimately moving novel. Grades 6-10. --Carolyn Phelan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
I liked this a lot. The pace of the story ebbs and flows, much like "the great wide sea." Characterization is especially well done!Published 1 month ago by Peggy H
I had to read this as a summer reading book and actually ended up liking it ! I got the 30 day free trial thing with audible so I also got the accompanying audiobook for free! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Olenchak
The most exciting sea adventure I've read in a long time. And an excellent study of father/son relationships.Published 3 months ago by Ruth Y
I really enjoyed this book. The character development was done so well that I felt I could perfectly picture all three brothers by the 15th page. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Katie
I think the theme of this book is that no matter how hard things get, or how bad things seem to get, you have to keep trying your best to keep a positive attitude and succeed at... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Laura Cavanagh
Just a book for Summer Reading project. Easy read for a 11yr old.Published 12 months ago by Junebug
this book is great for everyone to read. there is plenty of action, adventure, reality (for a first) and several twists and turns to keep you reading for hours!!! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Carmen Rasmussen
This book showed a wide variety of different details and those details wouldn't let me stop reading. This book is an amazing book!!Published 14 months ago by Alex peters