Powder Monkey (Adventures of a Young Sailor)
This book is about a kid named Sam that wants to join the navy and become a sailor. Sam argues with his parents for a couple weeks until his parents agree to let him board a merchant ship. This is all destroyed when he ...more
This book is the story of a boy who wants to go to sea. the only problem is that he is 'pressed' from his merchant ship onto a Royal Navy frigate HMS Miranda.
I started reading this book hoping for something kind of like Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy, however, it ended up rather disjointed with the chapters being a series of barely related events. Furthermore, the characters weren't very memorable I can hardly remember a single name (it
The bio on Dowswell says that this book is his first work of fiction, though he has written historical YA non-fiction before, and it shows. Dowswell's background in non-fiction is evident in this book, as much of it reads like a factual book on British Naval history. As a narrator, Sam does not mince words when it comes to describing the cramped and often unsanitary conditions of his voyage on the ...more