samedi 24 septembre 2011

Voyage Of Ice (chronicles Of Courage (yearling)) - Michele Torrey

voyage of ice (chronicles of courage (yearling)) - michele torrey
voyage of ice (chronicles of courage (yearling)) - michele torrey

Grade 6-10–A gripping story wrapped around the theme that there is no glory in whaling. Desperately wanting to follow in the footsteps of their late father, the captain of a whaler, Dexter and Nick leave behind their easy life with their aunt in New Bedford and sign aboard the Sea Hawk as soon as Nick turns 15. However, Nick soon discovers that he hates everything about the job–the captain, the crew, the harsh punishments, the danger, and the killing and processing of whales. The only bright spots are the rare sightings of the captain's daughter, and he knows better than to even look at her directly for the fear of dire repercussions, and being with his brother. Nick's experiences include an attempted desertion, sailing through the ice-filled waters of the Arctic, a shipwreck, and a struggle to survive the winter. The novel will educate as well as entertain, as there is a lot of adventure intertwined with the accurate descriptions of shipboard life, survival in a hostile environment, and the Native people who eventually rescue the castaways. The main characters, and some of the lesser ones, are well developed and readers come to care about their fate. In addition to being a good seafaring yarn, this title could be used as parallel reading about the history of 19th-century New England and whaling. An extensive glossary of whaling and nautical terms, a lengthy bibliography, and a historical note are appended.–Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
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