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Abigail Takes the Wheel
Collision in the Harbor! Abigail and her brother, Tom, travel to school every day aboard their father's freight boat, the "Neptune." One day, two ships collide in the Narrows, and Abigail's father goes to their aid--leaving Abigail to take the "Neptune's" wheel. Can she and Tom steer the freight boat through the crowded and dangerous waters of New York Harbor alone?
Paperback, 54 pages
Published April 30th 2000 by HarperTrophy
(first published 1999)
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This book is probably on a 2nd grade level, but I couldn't find an AR score for it. It's a cute story about a heroic girl who rides a steam boat to school through the harbors of New York City back when steam engines were just starting to be widely used, but many of the boats still used sails. My daughter enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn't anything extra special for me, except that the author mentioned in a note at the end that the story was probably based on something that actually happened.
Avi is a pen name for Edward Irving Wortis, but he says, "The fact is, Avi is the only name I use." Born in 1937, Avi has created many fictional favorites such as The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Nothing but the Truth, and the Crispin series. His work is popular among readers young and old.More about Avi...