- Age Range: 12 and up
- Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
- Series: An Avon Flare Book
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: HarperTrophy (April 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0380729385
- ISBN-13: 978-0380729388
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,645,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rogue Wave: And Other Red-Blooded Sea Stories (An Avon Flare Book) Paperback – April 1, 1998
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Grade 7 Up. Nobody writes sea stories like Taylor, and this collection of eight tales should satisfy his many fans. The pieces vary greatly in setting and period, with a wide range of characters and emotions. In the title story, young Scoot Atkins becomes trapped in the cabin when a rogue wave overturns her boat. Fighting her way out with the assistance of her brother, Scoot learns a great deal about herself and the sea. In "Out There," Danny Aldo, 17, faces ridicule when his glimpse of what he believes to be a large eel is transformed into a sea monster by a mocking police force. Nineteen-year-old Michael Trinity hunts down and destroys the great white shark that killed his father in "The Butcher." "Hauling Gold" focuses on Harry Brand, the middle-aged captain of an out-of-date ship, who gets a chance to redeem his reputation as an alcoholic via the shipment of gold bullion from South Africa to England. Overall, the stories are well written and intriguing, with "Rogue Wave" and "The Butcher" having the most appeal for young readers. Libraries needing more sea adventure need look no further than this intriguing collection.?Melissa Hudak, North Suburban District Library, Roscoe, IL
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 6^-10. "My first love is my . . . family . . . , but my second love is always the sea," writes Taylor, whose lifetime of experience with ships (in the navy and just fishing) makes every detail of these eight stories ring true. The ingeniously edited collection comprises five stories previously published in the 1950s and 1960s in such magazines as Argosy and three original ones focusing on teenagers' sea adventures. Readers will be enticed by the tales about young people--for example, the one about a boy who is sure he has seen a giant sea serpent--and stay on to read the more adult-focused stories. Juicy subjects such as sharks, a cruel captain, and the psychological battle between a captured German U-boat commander and a scholarly British officer are fleshed out in very masculine style, with lots of physical detail and excitement, and most of the stories end with the sort of punchy conclusion that characterizes the best short stories. Susan Dove Lempke --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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