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The Wanderer

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  7,890 ratings  ·  542 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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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
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
KidsFiction Teton County Library

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
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
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
Kathy Cowie
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
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."

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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
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
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
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
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
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech is an excellent example of a bildungsroman or coming-of-age novel.

The protagonist of the story is 13 year old Sophie. She narrates most chapters with the occasional viewpoint from her cousin Cody. The alternating viewpoint is necessary to the story, as the reader finds out pretty early on that Sophie isn't exactly a reliable narrator.

Sophie loves the sea. She wants to spend the summer sailing with her three uncles and two cousins on a trip across the ocean to visit
Rebecca  Payton
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.
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
The cover didn't draw me in for some reason, and this book sat on my shelf for too long. Thank goodness for the Summer Reading Challenge in Aussie Readers for pushing me to pick it up. Turns out it's another excellent story by Creech, plenty of storms & sailing drama as well as family & personal mysteries. In other words, a journey across the Atlantic, and journeys of the spirit, too.
Sammie Pedersen
I read this book for the first time when I was younger, it was one of the only books that I read. I think the reason I read it was I got so hooked on the girls adventure that she was having. Then there were stories her grandpa told within the adventure they were having. I loved these fun extra stories in the book and I think they kept the excitement up. This book shows a great message of family and how adventures that you spend with them can bring you closer. She was never very close to her exte ...more
Josie McClain
This is a very well written book. It is not a high adventure book. I think the back of the book might lead you to think it is going to be high adventure. There is a section with a very dangerous storm on the sea. Most of the book is about the relationships of this one family. It has beautiful sensitive passages where the author has used our language like a song.
Casey Davis
"The Wanderer" is a mysterious-yet adventure filled book about a young girl wanting to sail across the sea. She has been dreaming about doing so ever since she was a small child, and now she finally gets the chance. As she is sailing from the United States all the way to Ireland, and then driving to the UK, she and her family faces many problems. This girl(Sophie) ships on her Uncle Dock's boat, "The Wanderer'. She goes on the cruise with her Uncle Dock, Uncle Stew, Uncle Mo, and Uncle Mo's two ...more
Kim Nicols
Once I got a few chapters into this book, I didn't want to put it down. It's the story of a young girl, Sophie, who travels on The Wanderer with her three uncles and her two older male cousins across the Atlantic Ocean from Connecticut, up the New England Coast into the Bay of Fundy and then over to Ireland and England. The chapters are very short and are journal entries from Sophie and later in the book from her cousin Cody. The author uses accurate nautical terminology which helps the reader l ...more
just started tonight - think this will be an excellent family read aloud.
oh I loved it! beautiful, poignant story. the girls were a little antsy at the beginning - thought it was too slow - but it built in excitement - had suspense and a bit of mystery as well. really lovely story...
Walk Two Moons & Chasing Redbird, both by Sharon Creech, are two of my favorite junior fiction books. The Wanderer did not disappoint. Knowing that 3/3 books I've read by Creech have been enjoyable, I want to read all of her other books, too!
Christian Emmanuel
I love this quote from the book "The sea, the sea, the sea.It rolled and rolled and called to me.Come in, it said, come in." It sounds so mysterious and gives life to the sea. Sophie is a very curious person with so much hope for the future, a person who believes you can be anything in life and that is why I liked her as a character. The book was good but I think it would have been more interesting to look at the angle of Uncle Dick and Rosalie. Imagine what a story that would be, a man crossing ...more
"The Wanderer" by Sharon Creech was a very compelling book. This story is set at sea, six family members sailing across the Atlantic to England. Through the characters Sophie and Cody's travel logs, the reader learns a considerable amount about them and their internal conflicts throughout the novel. I feel the characters Sophie and Cody are connected in many ways they do not fully understand such as their family situations being rocky and their feeling of being lost and looking for a place to be ...more
Haley Evans
Sophie joins her two cousins and three uncles on a journey across the ocean in a sail boat, The Wanderer. They are going to see Bompie, her grandfather, in England. As the only female on the trip, Sophie feels the need to prove herself. Through the fights, storms, and stories, the trip brings both memories and realizations for all of the characters. Will Bompie know Sophie? Does Cody know how to act serious? What happened to Sophie's family?

I liked this book, but it didn't hook me or make me nev
Michelle Talbot
Thirteen year old Sophie is setting out on an adventure. She is going to sail across the ocean with her 3 uncles and 2 cousins. She is the kind of person who finds wonder in everything around her. What an amazing journey they have as they sail to England in good weather and in bad. This book is a journal kept by Sophie and alternating chapters with her cousin Cody.

This book was wonderfully delightful. Sophie is interested in everything around her. It is decided that everybody on board has to tea
Joe Kramer
This book is so boring it made me want to rip out my eyes. I had to read it for school and it was without a doubt the worst book I have read in my life. It is so uneventful that it made me want to burn the book. If the book weren't the school's copy I would have set it on fire immediately after reading it. I know I'm not the only one who feels this way because there were no interesting parts in this book and it bored me to the point where I was ready to repeatedly stab the book. Overall, this bo ...more
Myra Khan
Read this when I was 11, loved it back then! :)
It was like I was reading someone's journal.
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