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The Wanderer

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  9,030 Ratings  ·  622 Reviews
New York Times BestsellerA Newbery Medal Honor Award WinnerInterest Level: Middle/High SchoolReading Grade Level: 4th-6thLexile Level: Not AvailableTheme: Survival/TrustAn Accelerated Reader(r) title
Paperback, Large Print
Published February 1st 2004 by Thorndike Press (first published March 22nd 2000)
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Maria
Jan 07, 2016 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If I were to write down my favourite quotes from The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, I have a feeling I would end up transcribing the whole book. Choosing just one moment doesn't seem fair.

The Wanderer is life and as alive as the sea. It comes with ups and downs, moods and tides, storms and rainbows. Once you are in, you are in for the whole journey.

The story is brought to us by the hands of Sophie and Cody, and is told through their journal entries. Their writing, absolutely stunning in its simplic
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Josiah
Feb 22, 2015 Josiah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A family mystery, dealing with the enigmas of one girl's past, set before the ominous backdrop of the romantic high seas...What could be more enticing than that?

The Wanderer really isn't as much a complex mystery as I had thought from reading the book's description, however. What lies at stake in these three hundred five pages is less about unraveling a mystery after following numerous leads to nowhere and then finally hitting upon the hot trail that begins an exciting endgame, and more a matt
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Debbie-4 stars

"The sea. The sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in. Come in."

These are the words of Sophie, a young gal who is the predominant voice in the book, The Wanderer, which is actually the name of the boat Sophie and 5 men use to sail across the ocean.

Their destinationn on the boat is to England to see Bompie, who is the father of the 3 brothers and the grandfather of the 2 younger boys. Who is Bompie to Sophie? That along with lots of other questions about her rea
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Faith
This has been one of my all time favorite books since I was maybe seven or eight. I've at least liked all of Sharon Creech's books, but this is the one I truly loved and has stuck with me ever since I read it for the first time. I found Sophie the only main character Creech has written that I was not annoyed by. The others all seem the same to me. Sophie, while maybe just as unreasonable as many of the other characters from other books, is very easy to relate to and her character is one you can' ...more
Rea K
Dec 01, 2014 Rea K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My mom
Recommended to Rea by: Mrs. Gaston
Sophie goes on a sailing adventure with an all-boys crew including Cody, Brian, Uncle Dock, Uncle Mo and Uncle Stew on Uncle Dock's boat, the Wanderer. The crew encounters friendly people, marine life and unpredictable weather. Sophie and Cody struggle to prove themselves to the rest of the crew; Sophie proves herself to not be helpless around the boat just because she's a girl while Cody tries to prove that he's not a "knuckle-head doofus". As the Wanderer and its' crew travel to different plac ...more
Kathy Cowie
Jun 23, 2013 Kathy Cowie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my daughter’s newly organized “library”. She explained the rules, which were a little different from the ones I am used to at our local library. She knows I have a huge, almost impossible amount of books on my too-read pile, yet she insisted I take this one, and, of course, read it now. To emphasize her point, she explains her library’s rules. I have two weeks to read it (she places a post-it on the inside back cover), and I cannot return it unread to avoid the fine. If ...more
Mia
Jan 03, 2015 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Sophie living with her two adopted parents who went to sea with her cousins and uncles to go find her Bompie who has sent Sophie many letters telling her stories about water when he was young. When Sophie told these stories to her cousins and uncles at first they had a hard time believing her. Sophie mentioned in the stories about her Bompie suffering in water but the cousins were confused because the uncles said Bompie never told them anything about him sufferin ...more
LG
Dec 16, 2014 LG rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bompie is a name that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading this heartwarming adventure story.

Surprisingly, so will what a reef knot looks like, even though you might not be a sailor or even know how to swim. Your interest in sailboats might be piqued when something like the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town because this book taught you what “reefing the mainsail” means. Now you’re probably very pleased to know the difference between a square-rigged sailing vessel and a fore-and-aft
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Kelsi
Jun 26, 2015 Kelsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because I really liked a couple of other books I had read by this author. This was an enjoyable read, just like the other books by Sharon Creech it was heartfelt and had an interesting twist in the end. Sophie is sailing with her uncles and cousin to visit her grandpa Bompie in England. Sophie is adopted and has never met Bompie, yet she tells stories about him as if she knows him. The twist is finding out that she has been writing him letters, and so they have come to ...more
Jena
May 26, 2015 Jena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Sophie and she is setting sail with her uncles and cousins and if you have noticed she is the only girl on the Wanderer. They are crossing the Atlantic Ocean to go to England to see her grandfather who had Unfortunately had moved back to England. While on that trip her cousin Cody is trying to prove to his cousins and uncle and dad that he is much more then a doofus. Sophie is learning the struggles of every day life on the Wanderer. They will figure out stories o ...more
Sue
Nov 27, 2011 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good adventure story of and especially for a young girl.

Thirteen-year-old Sophie is the only girl amongst the surly crew of The Wanderer made up of her three uncles and two cousins. They sail across the Atlantic toward England, the land of Bompie, her grandfather. The sea calls to Sophie -- promising adventure and the chance to explore and discover. But the personal journey she takes brings her deeper into a forgotten past than she ever knew she could travel to.

Sophie's thirteen-year-old cousi
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LeeVi
Jul 08, 2012 LeeVi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech has a special ability to touch the hearts of young girls. This is a story in which she uses several writing techniques to tell a poignant and powerful story of one young girl searching for her place in the world, and coming to terms with her difficult past. The story is particularly effective in the use of dual diaries, written by Sophie and her cousin Cody, which give the reader two revealing perspectives on the past and the present. Also delightful was the writing technique of So ...more
Jill
Oct 27, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
Love Sharon Creech. I've enjoyed every book I've read of hers; there's an honesty about her stories, and a lack of pretension that I find refreshing.

"...I wonder why I didn't worry about these things beforehand. Maybe it was because I didn't know, about the four-knot current and I didn't know about the bad things that could happen. I wondered if it was better to know about the bad things in advance and worry about them, or whether it was better not to know, so that you could enjoy yourself."

Thi
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ABC
Sep 20, 2012 ABC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
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Beth
Jan 03, 2010 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traditional Sharon Creech - the journey theme. In this case, orphaned Sophie takes off on a sea adventure from Connecticut to England with her 3 uncles and two cousins. Together the motley crew repairs the Wanderer and sets off to England to see Bumpie, the father of the uncles, and grandfather of the cousins. Each take a turn not only at each job in the ship, but also at narrating; Cody, a wisecracker, gives us all the details about Sophie that she purposefully leaves out. Everyone has to teach ...more
Kayla
This was an excellent book, and I really enjoyed it.
I liked the way the story unraveled and how you got the perspectives of Sophie and Cody in each chapter. In this book you are reading two journal entries of the events that take place.

Sophie and her two cousins, *Brian and Cody, and her three uncles, Uncle Mo, Uncle Stew and Uncle Dock all set out for an adventure across the Atlantic Ocean. They will sail all the way to England to visit their Grandfather, who they all call Bompie. They all l
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Courtney M.
Mar 09, 2015 Courtney M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is a girl who dreams her life is just what it is now, and people don't get it when she thinks she grew up this way. Because she didn't. Can they find out a way to let her know the truth... and not hurt her?

I gave this book four stars because it was good but it was a little hard to understand how it kept on switching people and diary entries. Eventually I got it but for anyone who wants to read this, I recommend you to pay close attention. This book i would recommend to people who like a
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Sarah
Mar 18, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wanderer is a book about a girl named Sophie. She has a calling to the ocean and when she finds out that her uncles and cousins are sailing to she her grandpa Bompie in England, she is all ready to go.
I really liked this book. I think Sharon Creech did a great job narrating both a girl and a boy in the story. I recommend this to people who like fiction books.
Hannah
Mar 18, 2013 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wanderer is a great book about a kid named Sophie that follows her dreams and finally goes on a sea voyage from the east coast of America all the way to Europe. I like the formatting of the book because it is very unique. It is a book written from the memories of Sophie and Cody. (What they wrote on their dog-logs) It is written in first person switching from Cody to Sophie. It is like they are taking turns telling the story. It is a really great book. If you like realistic fiction books, th ...more
Jennie Mars
Dec 30, 2015 Jennie Mars rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childhood
It pains me to put this as 'complete' in my bookshelf because I never did finish this book. Another one of those that I loved the look of at the Scholastic Book Fair in elementary school, but I was never able to really get into it. Something about the relationship between Sophie and Cody just eeked me out, even as a child, and the plot never caught my attention.
Growing up in a landlocked state, I always longed for the ocean. Perhaps I picked this up thinking that it would be similar to The Musi
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Sophia Lindemuth
Oct 21, 2015 Sophia Lindemuth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of a book that you can't really explain what's happening, yet you know completely well what the characters are going through. You would want to explain more, how that might have affected them, how that might relate to your life, how the confusing parts make so much sense, how you are the characters and you are growing along with them, but they are much too separate from you to be them. The way Sophie's story unfurls and you learn it with her is something magical of an experience ...more
Ellen Broadhurst
Fascinating children's book. One of the things I really love about young adult literature in the past decades is how it has evolved to include very sophisticated topics. I read this book because my children are reading it and I want to be able to discuss it with them; excellent choice, in part because of the complexity of the adult relationships in the book.

The story is told from the perspective of two narrators, one unreliable: a 13 year old girl and a 17 year old boy. The 13-year old doesn't
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Krista Stevens
Beautiful story about thirteen-year-old Sophie who joins her uncles and two cousins on a cross-Atlantic journey from New England to England to see her grandfather. Lots of sailing terms and adventures. If you love boats, you will love this story.

Strong characters of both Sophie (she is so independent!) and her cousin Cody who is sometimes immature and fights a lot with his father.

The uncles, I think, are a weak part. Their own fierce fighting and disagreements just didn't seem justified, not cou
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Kidsbookworm
I'm still on a quest to find books for my younger DD. She is a sweet, sensitive soul who loves to read but finding material that is right for her has been as much of a challenge as it was to find books for a super advanced but very young reader. So, I saw The Wanderer on my "to read" list and I'd definitely recommend it as a GoodRead and I think my daughter may be ready for this one.

Coming from the perspective of a Mom with teens, Sophie seems a young 13, but that is refreshing in today's world
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Maddy/a
May 13, 2014 Maddy/a rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this most amazing and spectacular book ever. If you are a person who likes realistic fiction books that always keep you falling of your seat I would certainly recommend this book. You’re probably wondering what book I feel in love with while reading it was the Wanderer by Sharon Creech. I would give this book a five out of 5 stars because to me it always had something going on different and it kept my attention. I always had my head stuck in the book waiting to see what w ...more
Naomi Ls
May 01, 2014 Naomi Ls rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was pretty good. It was about a girl who sailed around the world with her father, her Uncle, and one of her cousin. They were sailing to this place Bompie. Also the girl Sophie her mom gave her a journal to write about the trip and Sophie did write in it. This book had great detail and the author explained herself really well. I also could understand every parts and chapters of the book. The only thing I didn't like was that some chapters were one page long and some were very long, but ...more
Rebecca  Payton
Oct 31, 2012 Rebecca Payton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors, I love the detail she adds in her book. Sharon adding detail into her book puts imagery in my head, making me want to never put the book down!This book is about a girl who has always wanted to sail the oceans and seas, and her dream finally comes true. She goes sailing with her family members and everything is going good, until a horrible storm comes through. I recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure books.
Karen Floyd
Jul 18, 2015 Karen Floyd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
This is a wonderful book, with characters who change and deepen under your eyes as they come to grips with the paths their lives have taken, the compromises they have made at the expense of their dreams. It is the story of a family - three uncles and three cousins - not quite comfortable with each other, who sail across the northern Atlantic to visit the family's grandfather in England. The story is told in alternating voices by Sophie and her cousin Cody, via their log books. Sophie is a born s ...more
Onysha
Jun 19, 2014 Onysha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-books-ever
My first experience with Sharon Creech was Hate That Cat, which kept a deep feeling of joy even when it was slightly melancholy. The Wanderer, though published earlier, is quite like it. Creech's writing is joyful and full of wonder even with its unhappy undercurrents.

The Wanderer is in first-person POV, and I thought that one of the narrators, Sophie, didn't sound like a thirteen-year-old. There are two narrators, and Sophie is a rather unreliable one. I felt that the other narrator, Cody, was
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Linnae
Jul 05, 2015 Linnae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, clean-reads
Sophie manages to get herself included on a sailing trip with her cousins, Brian and Cody, and 3 of her uncles. It's going to be a doozy--all the way across the Atlantic to England to see Bompie (Grandpa). She feels the sea calling to her and loves it, and yet also has recurrent nightmares of a huge black wave engulfing her, pulling her away from her parents.

As the trip progresses, so do the people on board and their relationships. Then they get caught in a storm that they may not make it out of
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