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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.
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.
This book's character was not believable. He randomly buys a sail boat when he is greedy for money. It doesn't sound like a purchase a kid would make.Published on January 10, 2013 by Shannon
The first chapter, a roaring historical account of a storm at sea and a soon-to-be-lost treasure, almost seems to be tacked on as an apologetic for this slow-moving sea tale. Read morePublished on May 2, 2012 by rnz
While written for school age readers, this story will entertain all ages, especially those interested in sailing and summer culture. It is a quick and easy read. Read morePublished on June 3, 2011 by C. Smith
(Charles is 9, I am his teacher)
The story is about a boy, Tony, who wants to sail a boat. I like when he was searching for facts about the statute of 'Captain Littlejohn'. Read more
I've read Avi's other work and boy is this not like it. The book is okay but ends rather abruptly. There's no love, loss, or even a simple enemey. Read morePublished on November 12, 2009 by tinkeringbells
Windcatcher is an awesome book to read! The book takes place in Connecticut at Tony's grandma's house. Tony bought a boat for $[... Read morePublished on May 4, 2009
The Windcatcher by Avi is a very exciting book. It tells people to never give up, just like Tony Souza, a young boy trying to find a treasure. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009
Do you like adventure? Well if you do, you should read the Windcatcher by Avi. The main character us Tony Souza who is 11 years old. Read morePublished on May 4, 2009