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From Publishers Weekly

The Newbery Honor author offers a potent brew of mystery and adventure in this tale of an 11-year-old boy involved in a search for a centuries-old shipwreck. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 4-6-- Tony Souza, 11, uses his paper route earnings to buy a 12-foot sailboat that he takes with him when he spends part of the summer with his grandmother on the Connecticut shore. During his stay, he learns to sail and becomes intrigued by tales of buried treasure in the area. He and his grandmother learn more about the treasure, and he begins to piece together clues to its whereabouts. As he hunts, Tony encounters a couple who are illegally diving for the treasure, and they warn him away from their boat with an attack on his sailboat. After being lost in a storm, he puts together the final clues only to be captured by the villains and then, predictably, rescued in the nick of time. While this brief novel begins with a 1777 shipwreck that precipitates the modern story, the events of past and present are too neatly drawn together. The characterization and suspense of Avi's The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (Orchard, 1990) are absent here. Even so, for readers in search of an accessible adventure story, this will provide satisfaction. --Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Series: Avon Camelot Books
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (September 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380718057
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380718054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #182,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

More info at avi-writer.com and facebook.com/avi.writer
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Avi is part of a family of writers extending back into the 19th century. Born in 1937 and raised in New York City, Avi was educated in local schools, before going to the Midwest and then back to NYC to complete his education. Starting out as a playwright--while working for many years as a librarian--he began writing books for young people when the first of his kids came along.

His first book was Things That Sometimes Happen, published in 1970, and recently reissued. Since then he has published seventy books. Winner of many awards, including the 2003 Newbery award for Crispin: the Cross of Lead (Hyperion), two Newbery Honors, two Horn Book awards, and an O'Dell award, as well as many children's choice awards, he frequently travels to schools around the country to talk to his readers.

Among his most popular books are Crispin: The Cross of Lead, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, the Poppy books, Midnight Magic, and The Fighting Ground.

In 2008 he published The Seer of Shadows (HarperCollins), A Beginning a Muddle and an End (Harcourt), Hard Gold (Hyperion) and Not Seeing is Believing, a one-act play in the collection, Acting Out (Simon and Schuster). Crispin: the End of Time, the third in the Newbery Award-winning series, was published in 2010. City of Orphans was released in 2011, receiving a number of starred reviews. Learn more at Avi-writer.com. Follow Avi on Facebook, facebook.com/avi.writer, where he shares an inside look at his writing process.

Avi lives in Denver, Colorado, with his wife and family.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on November 16, 1998
Format: Paperback
I've read Windcatcher with four or five classes of fourth graders. They all like say they like it, and they aren't afraid to tell me what they think. Tony Souza is a boy we all can identify with. After we learn the sailing jargon, we get involved with Tony's adventures. We also flash back in time to the Revolutionary War era to Captain Ezra Littlejohn and the payroll ship that sank in the area where Tony's grandmother lives. Will Tony find the treasure, and what kind of trouble will he encounter trying?? Good book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
Do you love adventure so much you would risk your life just for a thrill? In the historical fiction, Windcatcher, by Avi, the main character Tony Souza would.

Tony is an 11 year old boy who lives in 1990's Connecticut. He worked for a whole year delivering newspapers and now he could afford anything he wanted. But what should he get? The moment he laid his eyes on the Snark, he knew. A "Snark" is a mysterious, imaginary animal according to Tony's dictionary, and described his new sailboat perfectly. It was the perfect time of year to buy a sailboat, too. It was the beginning of summer and he had to go for a long, boring, 21 day stay at his grandmother's house along the shore. Learning to sail would help pass the time and would surely be an adventure right?

When Tony gets to his grandma's house, he meets some interesting people. Christina, is an expert sailor who gives Tony his first few sailing lessons. During one of their lessons, Tony sees a couple with digging supplies. For some reason, this makes him uneasy and tries to find out what they're up to. What he finds is an unsolved mystery of a captain during the 1700's who was lost at sea along with a boat full of treasure. So adventure-loving Tony sets sail after the couple hoping to find out if they had discovered the long lost treasure. But an unexpected storm appears and throws Tony onto an island. Matters get worse when the couple kidnaps him from the island and try to get him even more lost for following them. How can Tony, an amateur sailor, find his way home alive?

I recommend this book to kids ages 10-13 who love historical fictions and adventures. I really enjoyed this book, but I wish it was a little longer. Windcatcher is a story about a boy seeking adventure and a way to save his life.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By BlueBrothers038 on February 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Neither sail nor treasure hunt alone, which is something Tony, the protagonist, did not know when this story began. Windcatcher, an excellent novel, takes place in a fictional place called Swallows Bay, located on Long Island Sound, in the present day. Tony buys a sail boat called the Snark and goes to visit his grandma ware he takes sailing lessons from a girl named Christina. Then, accidentally he discovers a one hundred year old ship wreck that other people want for mysterious reasons and they chase him away. The reasons the strange people chased him away even Tony an intelligent, self relinent and brave boy could not figure out.
In my eyes Windcatcher was a very good book. Everything was very well explained like the descriptions of places and things, like Tony�s little boat the Snark. Another thing that was done well was the setting placement. If I could change this book I would change the ending and make the book longer
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Excellent book, except when it uses sailing terms, such as Starboard and Port. These words make it confusing, but it is a great book. Windcatcher is about a boy named Tony, who bought a boat called the "Shark" for his summer trip to Grandma Souza's house. Chris, Grandma's friend, gave Tony lessons how to sail, but he runs into treasure hunters so he looks for the treasure too. But will he make it? Read it and see for yourself!... What I thought about the book is it had a lot of action. Also, it is a very good mystery book... It was about a boy named Tony, who wanted to learn how to sail. As soon as he learned how to sail he got into a mess of trouble. I did like the book. I do recommend this to anybody who likes mysteries and is curious. I gave it 4 stars...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1998
Format: Paperback
I read the book Windcatcher, by AVI. I thought it was an exellant book. It had a lot of action and suspense, and the book kept you on your toes. The book was about a boy who went to his grandmothers house for the summer. He brong his brand knew sailboat to to her house. One day he went sailing and he gets stuck in a storm. Then he gets shiprecked on a small island off the coast. Some how he has to get back to the main land orbe found. To find the outcome of this book read Windcatcher. The book is realistic fiction. It is about 120 pages long. I would recomend this book to young readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By adee on February 1, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
Windcatcher was an okay book. I think that it was a bit predictable. Avi always uses great descriptions in all of his books, as he did in this one. The ending could have been more exciting and adventurous. I really liked the setting, modern day, and in a small little place. Again, I thought that the book could have been a little better, so I give it 3 stars.
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A Kid's Review on April 15, 2009
Format: Paperback
One hot windy day Tony went out he saw a motor scooter that his friend was selling for three hundred dollars.Tony told his mom she said "I don't know if I have enough money tony said " well I have three hundred dollars , well mom said" NO TONY SAID" BUT WHY MOM BECAUSE IT IS VERY Dangerous and you can hurt yourself get ready to go to Connecticut to your grandma's house ok son ok mom bye. So Tony started packing to go to Connecticut and Swallow Bay at his grandma's house. He was ashy boy because he is in a new place so he doesn't know anybody so he was at his grandma's house in a few days he saw some kids playing there was a boy, a girl and I didn't understand the other one it looked like a flyer for a boat instructor but I told them that I don't have a boat. so he was just walking and he saw this store it had this what you call a Snark (boat) it was about $299.00 so he went back to grandma and asked her if he can buy this Snark so she said I am going to look at it and think about it ok , ok tony ok grandma. Tony went outside and talked to them at the end of the day grandma said "I am all done with my things lets go see that Snark tony was excited about what grandma was going to say. grandma went inside and there was a man looking he asked if we needed any help so grandma said" yes please my grandson saw a cool snark so I just wanted to see it to so I can see what he wants so she looked at it and said" I don't know but ok . Tony was really glad he got something with his three hundred dollars so the man said"OK THAT WILL BE THREE HUNDERD DOLLARS PLUS TAX TONY SAID" TAX! WHAT TAX! TAX IS $18.00 DOLLARS BUT I DON'T HAVE $18.00 DOLLARS GRANDMA PLEASE CAN I HAVE $18.00 DOLLARS PLEASE! I don't know if you really want it are you sure that you want it yes! Yes! I want it please! Please!Read more ›
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