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The Voyage Of The Frog

3.52  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,011 Ratings  ·  128 Reviews
This adventure novel about survival at sea by Newbery Honor author Gary Paulsen is now available in an After Words paperback edition!

David thought he was alone, that the ocean around him was all there was of the world. The wind screamed, the waves towered, and his boat, the twenty-two foot fiberglass FROG, skidded and bucked and, each moment, filled deeper and grew heavier
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1989)
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Jan 26, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young male readers, sailors
Fourteen-year-old David Alspeth has lost his favorite uncle to cancer. The uncle that taught him to sail and who had left him the Frog, his 22 foot sailboat. His last request is that David take his ashes to sea and dump them out of sight of land. In his grief David fails to plan ahead and carelessly sets sail at night without proper preparation. When David encounters a Pacific storm he realizes that he's not properly prepared to meet what the Pacific (or life) is throwing at him.

I thoroughly e
Jul 02, 2012 Alyson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
its your opiniom if you like this book or not, but i didnt at all. I finish books usually fast, but this took me all summer. it was amazingly boring! sometimes i would be reading then i would realize i wasnt at all just looking at the words. i could hardly stand it.
and before anyone says, than why did you read it, it was summer reading. i had too.
Some people like this book but that really depends on your own opinion. I just cant reade slow books like this.
Ivan Cuevas
When fourteen-year old David Alspeth's Uncle dies he leaves him only two things: a sailboat, The Frog, and an assignment to dump his ashes into the ocean. The voyage turned out to be more than he expected when a freak rainstorm blows him off his route. The Story describes how a young boy reacts to the loss of a loved one. Gary Paulsen skillfully wrote this lovely story about a boy, a sailboat, and an incredible act of love. I honestly completely LOVED this great book. I would recommend this to ...more
VANCE!!!!!!! Porter

I liked the book "The Voyage of the Frog" by Gary Paulsen. I thought everything was unexpected because when he went out to dump the ashes, I thought he was just going to go out and come back and be fine. But then a storm came and blew him off course, and he was way off track. This is when everything got interesting. I think the scariest part was when the shark was slamming into the side of the Frog because the shark saw the shine of the Frog's hull and thought it was a fish. Also, I think it wou
Adam Veeser-Johnston
"The Voyage of the Frog"

Personal Response: I thought it was a good book. It was based on a true and devastating story that actually happened and that caught my eye.

Plot: The main character, David, set out on his uncle's boat to fill his last wishes. Once out at sea, David spreads his uncles ashes over the water and starts to head back to shore but is caught in a horrible storm. When David wakes up he finds that he is even further out than he was the day before and now waits for good winds. The n
Oct 21, 2014 Anthony rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: really-stupid
Well at first when I started reading this book I thought it was going to be a action and awesome book BUT I was wrong when I was just on second page and it was very boring just awful....
Jan 11, 2016 JThoma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Voyage of the Frog by Gary Paulsen in my opinion was a very good book. It was about a boy named David who had just witnessed his uncle Owen dying and the hospital. Owen's last wish was for David to spread his ashes out to see because of his love of sailing and the sea. As David goes to spread his uncle's ashes into the sea a terrible storm hits and David was pushed out to sea; away from his home and away from all humanity out at the ocean. David now has to fight back to get back to the shor ...more
Jean Daly
Despite all the nautical terms that I was unfamiliar with, I greatly enjoyed this book. I have yet to read a Gary Paulsen book I didn't like. This was the first sailing book of his. I was interested in reading it because I had read a few other sailing/survivor books and thought they would combine well for book clubs in class.
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Genre(s): Adventure, Realistic Fiction

Theme(s): Survival, Coming of Age, Family

Krista Stevens
A boy and a boat - reminds me of the movie "Alone" with Robert Redford - but much better. David sails out alone (before checking the weather) on a boat his uncle left him when he died to scatter his uncle's ashes. A freak storm and a head injury leave David having to survive alone on the ocean.

Lots of nautical terms mixed with personification, metaphors and similes that create an almost living character out of the boat.

Small, fast book packed with sharks (think "Jaws"), whales, and great lines..
Sep 09, 2014 Val rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I re-read this book for a YA/kidlit class I’m teaching later this month. Gary Paulsen was one of my favorite authors as a kid. I devoured each of his books, loving the way his characters expanded their horizons to develop skills needed to survive life-or-death situations while under the age of sixteen.

The Voyage of the Frog follows a boy named David. Fourteen years old, he has been sailing with his Uncle Owen—old-school sailing on a boat called the Frog. The beginning of the book opens with some
Jacob Wright
Jan 07, 2016 Jacob Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
14 year old David has an uncle that got killed to cancer. He gets left a sailboat called the "Frog" all his uncle Owen wants is to get his ash's dropped in the Pacific Ocean with no land in sight of any direction. David leaves at night and doesn't prepare for anything and he gets caught in a storm. The storm takes him off course he doesn't plan for anything because he's just thinking about the task his uncle Owen wants him to do. During the grief he has he doesn't plan for a storm to come in and ...more
Bryce Bastar
Nov 24, 2014 Bryce Bastar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really good because it was action packed and it had realistic events taking place through out the book. This book is one of the best books that I have read in a long time. I liked it because it was a book that had a lot of outdoor scenes in it.

The main character of the book was a young teenage boy named David. David has been sailing with his uncle since he was very young. David loves to go sailing and spending time with his uncle. David's uncle was like a father to him, t
Sep 22, 2014 Elijah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: This is another amazing Gary Paulson book. I really enjoy how he only has one character and focuses the entire story around him. I really enjoy those types of books.

Plot: A boy named David had an Uncle Owen they were very close. Recently Owen had died. He wanted to be cremated so he left his boat to David. David went out on his uncle’s boat and he spread his ashes out at sea which Owen had wanted. The night of the day that David spread Owens ashes a storm came and during the s
In an attempt to honor his beloved Uncle Owen's dying wish and spread his ashes far from land in the Pacific Ocean aboard The Frog, 14-year-oold David Alspeth encounters some unexpected obstacles. When a freakish storm hits and throws David and the sailboat off balance, a spruce boom, fifty pounds of laminated wood and metal slams into his head and knocking him unconscious.

As David finally becomes aware of what has happened, he realizes the boat has drifted farther in the open sea. With no wind
Feb 23, 2014 Dallin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of ups and downs for David Alspeth, a young sailor who took his grandfather's ashes out to sea. However, a fierce storm strikes and sends the Frog away. David quickly tries to make the ship more livable for sea life for a couple of days. Then, he is almost killed by an oil tanker and almost eaten by a shark. Sadly, a second storm strikes(I acknowledge Gary Paulsen for writing that because it was a great turn of events in the story) and sends Davis to the coast of Baja Californi ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Cary rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Aweful. I almost died when I read it, or at least I wanted to. So slow, boring and deadly. I found that my mind would drift away often and my eyes would still be moving on the page... Ugh, most painful summer reading book of my life! I would rate it 0 stars if I could!
Richard R.
Feb 11, 2015 Richard R. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
awesome book
Jul 03, 2012 Jay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would recoment to any and all interested in sailing...
Dec 05, 2015 D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
David's uncle dies from cancer and leaves him "The Frog", his sailboat. Grab your tissue, David sets off to fulfill his uncles last wish to have his ashes scattered past the breaks. A terrible storm comes up causing David to fight for his life, when he is finally discovered by another vessel he refuses to abandon his uncles sailboat. He instead asked for supplies and continues to navigate his boat towards home. This is an adventure story that will grip your heart and make you realize how precio ...more
A.K. Amirov
Jul 25, 2015 A.K. Amirov rated it liked it
This book is between three and four stars for me. I read this for a school assignment, but it ended up being somewhat better than I expected.
The plot idea is exciting and original, and it started and ended really well. At least that's my opinion. David is a likeable character and a reader can relate with his emotions. He's sometimes dramatic, and sometimes realistic. The themes and motifs are clear and its generally just a good story that entertains and teaches lessons at the same time.

Gary Paulsen seems to have a common theme in his novels. Or at least his theme carries over from Hatchet to The Voyage of the Frog. In this novel, David is a young man, struck by the death of his beloved Uncle Owen. Together they had sailed the Pacific. But when Owen dies, David's grief manifests itself in anger and reckless adventurism. He ends up sailing by himself and gets washed 300 miles from his home with no one to help him survive or navigate his way home.

It teaches the concept o
Georgina Howlett
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars

The Voyage of the Frog was a very nice, short book which didn't take me long to read at all. Yet another recommendation from a teacher, this book was one he'd read during his childhood, and as such he thought that I'd also enjoy it as I'm the same age as he was when he first read it. Unsurprisingly, I did indeed enjoy the book, however it wasn't really long enough to fully engage with the story. The structure of the novel was excellent, and the pacing was great, so I
Mar 04, 2013 Drew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Voyage of the Frog
If you like suspenseful, tension building, and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your- seat-books, then The Voyage of the Frog is the book for you. The setting is outdoors with the main character is a fierce battle against nature. The story takes place in the Atlantic Ocean, where the main character, David, is trying to fulfill his dead Uncle’s wishes. He was given a boat upon his Uncle's death and was told to drop his Uncle’s ashes into the water. David’s immediate reaction was, “I
Kristen Hepner
This is a quick read, but I felt bogged down by the technical vocabulary used to tell the story about a young adult boy's trip to scatter his beloved uncle's ashes that turns into his fight to stay alive. I think this would be a good addition to a book club based around a survival theme, but the plot is not fast-paced and the vocabulary is technical, so it would be for honors students in grades 7-8.
Scott Whitney
Jun 03, 2015 Scott Whitney rated it really liked it
This was a great summer read. I liked the premise behind the story and the buildup to what happened. Then the attitude adjustment which he needed to go through to get back home. There comes a time when you just have to let everything else go and just do what is required to get the job done. Definitely going on my shelf to be read again later.
S. Willett
Mar 24, 2014 S. Willett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fourteen-year-old David Alspeth inherits a twenty-two foot sailboat named Frog from his Uncle Owen. His uncle teaches him to sail and instills in him a love for the ocean. Before Owen dies of a brain tumor he asks David to go alone out to sea to distribute his ashes.

Less than a week later David prepares to do his uncle’s bidding but doesn’t adhere to the rules of caution he’s been taught. He leaves on a whim in the late afternoon without checking the weather forecast. A storm, shark, whales, and
Andd Becker
This survival story about a 14-year-old boy, his sailboat, and a storm opens with a diagram of the boat, with parts named. It ends with a map showing where the boy went on the first nine days of his journey.
Sailing terminology adds to the educational usefulness of the book.
For a boy alone, more than 300 miles at sea, with insufficient amounts of food, and stranded, living by his wits, the decision the boy makes at the end is astounding. Bet his mom surely wouldn't like that decision. (I can h
May 06, 2015 Harleybutler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quote: Such a little thing can change the path of my life so quickly.
It was a good book, to be honest it starts out quite bland and boring, but it gets better later on with more action.
Sam Kennedy
Jun 29, 2014 Sam Kennedy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was required for me to read going into 7th grade and is, to date, the WORST book I have EVER read. I warn you not to read this. Super boring.
Aug 31, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The voyage of the frog is a great book its one of my favorite books to read. I definitely recommend it to every 1 to read it is awesome..
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Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age. After a librarian gave him a book to read--along with his own library card--he was hooked. He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another.

Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for adve
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