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Luke on the High Seas Hardcover – May 31, 2000

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Book 1850 of 5 in the American Adventures Series

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Grade 3-5-A predictable read with stereotyped characters, yet one that will likely appeal to fans of the series. Continuing his previous adventures from Luke 1849-On the Golden Trail (Morrow, 1999), the 12-year-old protagonist leaves his prairie home to travel with his Uncle Eli on a ship from Boston, bound for California. The excitement begins soon after they depart, with readers easily picking up on the shady character of one of the passengers, Mr. Browning. Luke and his buddy Toby befriend the lonely cabin boy, whom they later discover is actually an orphan girl. She is headed for California to claim the gold mine that her father left her, but someone onboard wants to get to it first. As the voyage progresses, there are encounters with sharks and pirates, and some mystery as to who is actually the bad guy-but not much. Intermittent black-and-white sketches capture the drama and humor of the text. A slim read with a nice, neat conclusion.
Julie G. Shatterly, Gaston County Public Library, Gastonia, NC
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Luke Reed, fresh from his adventures in Luke 1849--On the Golden Trail (1999), finds himself in Boston in 1850, ready to depart on a clipper ship with his Uncle Eli for gold rush^-crazed California. Soon Luke and his friend Toby are setting off around the Horn. Along the way, they taste the boredom of shipboard life and bad food and water, meet a friendly cabin boy (who is actually a girl in disguise) and some unfriendly fellow passengers. They also run across secret coded messages, storms, sharks, and pirates. The plot moves along faster than a clipper ship riding a strong wind, but character development and plausibility are often jettisoned in favor of the fast pace. At the novel's end, Luke and his friends have overcome the pirates and sharks, but they haven't reached their destination. Apparently they are waiting for the series' next installment to take them to California. This isn't great historical fiction, but it's a lot more fun than the many ponderous examples of the genre. Todd Morning
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 650L (What's this?)
  • Series: American Adventures
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (May 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688171346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688171346
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,840 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on February 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This story first takes place in the 1800 in a small town in Iowa with a boy named Luke Reed. Luke is an adventurous boy, and he is almost afraid of nothing, one day this man named captain Andrews came to this place looking for experienced sailors to sail to California with him, and he asked his Uncle Eli to come with him. So Luke looked at his map and saw where California was decide to go with the captain. When Luke was on the ship he could almost see everything from there, it was like a dream come true for Luke, and the boats name was the Eagle.

When he was below deck it was very cold, dark, small, and very drowsy. When he was looking around, there it was his small, little bunk bed without any structure at all. The next day when he was on deck and Uncle Eli was smiling at him, and then he told Luke we need some eggs and some milk for breakfast. It got colder, and colder every single day of the year and some workers caught serious illnesses, so the died. When they saw land, pirates were chasing after them. They didn't know what to do, so there was this man on board named Mr. Browning. He didn't want to die or die by taking a risk by saving people so he had a gun and a silver pistol, and then when he was walking around Uncle Eli got him very mad. So when they were fighting there it was, uncle Eli saw it, it was the gun when he saw that gun he went straight down on his knees. Mr. Browning was sick of him so he kicked him right over the railing... SPLASH! Uncle Eli went straight into the water Luke didn't know what to do while Mr. browning was walk in away it was so much harder for him, but he couldn't bare that his uncle was dieing so he jumped straight into the water, but little did Luke know there were sharks in there.
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