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Stowaway Paperback – June 1, 2002
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To 11-year-old Nicholas Young, the tall masts of the exploratory ship Endeavour look like an answer to his fervent prayers. On the run from his demanding father and the cruel butcher who employed him, Nick finds adventure beyond his wildest imaginings when he stows away on the ship of legendary Captain James Cook. Once he is discovered and put to work, Nick becomes party to some amazing sights. He meets indigenous natives of Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia, wonders at the sight of kangaroos, and shudders with horror when confronted with cannibalism. Nick survives a hurricane, a near shipwreck on the Great Barrier Reef, and a deadly bout with typhoid to become one of the few original crew members to successfully circumnavigate the globe with Cook and arrive safely back in England. He notes in his worn journal shortly before sighting his homeland's shore: "We have truly led the way, charting the path for all who come after. I don't know I shall ever feel so again as I feel now. That any of us shall."
Newbery Medal-winning Karen Hesse's story is based on actual Endeavour stowaway Nicholas Young, about whom little is known. Using the real 1768 diaries of Captain Cook and shipboard naturalist Joseph Banks, Hesse has changed Young from a forgotten footnote into a living, breathing person with red hair and a penchant for pork chops. So authentic you can feel the sea spray, this fine fictionalized diary is a nautical treasure for landlubbers young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Listeners set sail with 11-year-old Nicholas Young, a stowaway aboard Captain Cook's ship Endeavour, in this solid audiobook version of Hesse's period adventure. In a pleasant English accent, Cale smoothly reads the pages of Young's journal, chronicling a dangerous 1768-1771 voyage from England to an area south of New Zealand where Cook and his crew searched for a new continent. Despite his gaining passage illegally, Nick proves a worthy ship hand to Cook and his crew of 80-plus men, rising through the ranks to become the ship surgeon's assistant. Through Nick's innocent eyes, listeners explore exotic terrain, experience day-to-day life among seamen and face life-or-death situations generated by the unpredictable nature of weather, wind and water. Upon returning to England, after most of the crew has been lost to a typhoid breakout, Nick is emboldened, ready to face the difficult circumstances he first sought to escape by stowing away. The tone of discovery in Cale's voice buoys the proceedings, keeping listeners rapt. An afterword provides historical information about the real Nicholas Young and the Endeavour (though the recording does not include the handy glossary and ship's crew list and itinerary that are provided in the book). Ages 10-up.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A couple of hours later, I had finished the book, and a day or two later was still thinking what a cracking adventure the young boy (fictionally based on a probably stowaway of the same age and name as the narrator) had enjoyed-if you can call beatings, death, hunger and trials "enjoyable". Mayhem and adventure on the high seas certainly couldn't be any worse than some shoot'em up on a game console, however, so have no fear about the content.
It may have been written from the view of an 11 year old, but it was very well written, and told an exciting story, and there was little faulting the historical accuracy, or the language in which it was presented. It might very well be a moderately difficult read for a modern day 11 year old, but the story is gripping, and might happily drag them into a more advanced book than Captain Underpants, or whatever younger readers go for these days. Challenge them to look up any word they're not familiar with via the built in dictionary if you give it to them via Kindle. There is also a helpful appendix that explains some of the more archaic words and the sailor's terms.
I thoroughly enjoy in-depth historical books by Simon Winchester, Tony Perrottet and the like, and I really enjoyed this one, kids' book or no. This is the kid-sized version of those, and this book has definitely gone back on the bookshelf for the eventual grandkids to enjoy some day.
On a side note, if you need a ripping yarn about a girl on the high seats, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi, is excellent. It is fictional, but also well researched and exciting. Arrrr!!!!!!
Nicholas was weak and weak hearted when he started the voyage. At the end of the book he is a fully weathered sailor. Nick has to deal with a mean midshipsman Mr. Bootie who orders him around like a dog. He overcomes problems like that by just doing it perfectly so Mr. Bootie can't yell at him. I overcome most problems like Nick I do them as well as I can so nobody can yell at me. I might like to stowaway on a ship because I love boats and I think it would be fun to sail on one. ." "I figured that this one would be as good as Out Of The Dust. It is, but in a different way. I loved how much it taught me about history and how it's sent me hunting for answers to questions it raised. The map on the inside of the front and back covers was invaluable in tracking the trip. And what a nice surprise at the end of the book to find out there was a real Nicholas." Said a person from College Station, TX USA " I loved the book I would give it 5 stars *****. I would recommend this book to any body who loves adventure books. Stowaway was a book I could not put down until I finished it.
Hey, if you like to read, check out this book. It's called Stowaway. It's a great book about a boy named Nicholas who stows away on Captain Cook's ship to escape from an abusive father. They are going on a three year voyage to find new and undiscovered land at the bottom of the Earth. I think that everyone who likes adventurous books should read this book because of its interesting characters and details. You'll love the suspense too.
The characters in Stowaway are so life-like. You'll feel like you know them personally. Nicholas' personality reminds me of people I have met. Mr. Banks, one of Nicholas' crewmembers, is sort of a tattle tale. I also know people like Mr. Banks. The people in this book are so believable and easy to relate to.
The setting is very well-described and detailed. You always know where they are. And, since the whole book is Nick's diary, it's always dated. He writes in wonderful detail throughout his voyage. You know when they are going from land to sea and from sea to land.
The overall theme of this book is friend ship and loyalty. Nicholas makes many friends - natives on the islands and crewmembers on the ship. He showed a lot of loyalty toward his captain, his crewmembers, and native friends. Whenever he had to do something, he did it without complaining. He was happy to do his friends a favor too. I think friendship and loyalty describes this book very well.
In conclusion, I think this book is very exciting and interesting. It's a great book that teaches the importance of friendship. It teaches kindness, loyalty, and trust as well. This book is fun, interesting, and very adventurous. That's my recommendation if you're looking for a book to read.
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