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68 Knots: A Novel

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  246 ratings  ·  32 reviews
After the sailing camp owner's suicide, eight teens find they have a boat to themselves. The 68 days of summer remaining are full of memorable events: encounters with wildlife and people, yacht races, pirate raids, a near fatal hunt for treasure, onboard parties, romance, and a call to heroism. Underlying the tale of adventures, however, is a subtle yet powerful story of a ...more
Paperback, 350 pages
Published April 15th 2007 by Tanglewood Press
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Chloe
This has been one of the most inspirational books I've read in a long time. This book is about kids becoming leaders. Sure there are some mishaps, but they are teenagers, what else is there to expect. The ending is just such a fantastic way to end it. The last bit just warms your heart and makes you wish that you had been apart of the crew of the Dreadnaught.

Over all a fantastic book. I'm not usually the person who likes books about the sea, or boats, but after I read the book it made me want t
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Elizabeth
OK this is not MY review, but my 14 yo son's. He, an avid sailor, couldn't put it down. The relationships were tangled and tempting, the stories of the sea and of sailing were well researched, accurate and suspenseful and the ending a killer!
Cassi aka Snow White Haggard
2.5 stars

I hate to give a 2 star review. But this is a book that felt like it lacked direction. It jumped between all the characters POV. Arthur was the main character, but skipping around between 8 perspective left me feeling like I didn't know any of the characters.

Probably as a result the characters never felt real. The author tried to make them deep. He tried really hard and you could tell he was trying, but it never worked. They came across as one-note. Joy & Dawn are pretty much the s
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Andie Z. for TeensReadToo.com

Eight teenagers are ready for the summer of a lifetime - as part of a Leadership Cruise on board the schooner Dreadnought. But when the camp owner commits suicide just a few days into the cruise, rather than go back home, the teens decide to take charge of the ship themselves. They tie knots into a piece of rope, one knot for each day of summer remaining, and then set off to enjoy their 68 days of freedom.

The journey is not always easy, and they face man
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Allie
When I first picked up the book several, several weeks ago, it was on a whim. I'm usually surprised by whim decisions when it comes to books, and it was no different for this book. However, the surprise factor was not a good one as I kept reading and reading until I got to the point where I was like, "Why am I bothering?" and skipped ahead a hundred pages.
Reading the inside flap of the book, and having seen it labeled by my library as a "Suspense" novel, I expected an edge-of-your-seat, survivin
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Caroline

68 Knots is a novel about eight very different teenagers who end up on their own for a summer, sailing in a tall ship around Maine coast.

The good:
I found the novel very absorbing. It had a very palatable feeling of the sun and wind and water and of a whole summer of absolute freedom stretching out in front of you. The kids gain in confidence and competence and there is an almost dreamlike, zen-like aura surrounding their adventures. But there is a practical edge, too, as they deal with everyday
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Erin
My Thoughts: 68 Knots is full of adventure. There were twists and turns around every corner - a definite page turner. Whenever I thought nothing more could go wrong, something else did, and I had to keep reading to see how the teens would handle the situation. I pulled for the characters throughout the action. I wanted them to not only survive their summer on the sailboat, but also learn about themselves and end up okay on the other side.

Characters: This kind of mashes with my review of the writ
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Michelle
Posted on Book Chelle.

Each parent only wants the best for their child. When their child is ending their teen years and about to graduate high school, they would hope that they, as a parent, have prepared them enough. Some, though, need a little extra push. Enter McKinley and his promise to take their child into the seven seas and bring them back as an adult.

What starts as a voyage with and agenda quickly turns into a sail by the seat of your pants adventure. With eight kids, what are the chances
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Andie Z
Reviewed for TeensReadToo

Eight teenagers are ready for the summer of a lifetime – as part of a Leadership Cruise on board the schooner Dreadnought. But when the camp owner commits suicide just a few days into the cruise, rather than go back home, the teens decide to take charge of the ship themselves. They tie knots into a piece of rope, one knot for each day of summer remaining, and then set off to enjoy their 68 days of freedom.

The journey is not always easy, and they face many challenges alon
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Queenielyn
This book a whole lot of different to me and I love it because the plot is different from other YA novels especially when it’s about sailing. I don’t have a one tidbit knowledge on sailing but this book gave the imagination or at least a bit of what’s all sailing about. Literally. And I got something out of it and just beyond sailing.

It’s about life. Finding yourself in a vast ocean – just you, making your own decisions. The characters—I feel them. I someway or another I understand them because
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Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Nov 03, 2010 Caroline (Words & Whispers) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Pirate fans and adventurous types
Shelves: my-library
Two words describe this novel perfectly: summer fun. I loved this book, though it was deep or thought-provoking in any way. I got the feeling that with the way she made Dawn, the spiritual girl, and Joy, the Christian, have their discussions about faith and whatnot, the author was going for something a little more deep than the end result was, but I didn't like the novel any less for it. While the beginning is a little too convenient, it was just the right amount of ridiculousness to keep it fro ...more
Scarlett
Originally posted on my blog here.

Even though this book took me a little while to get used to and to finish, overall it was 4 stars. At first it was a little difficult for me get a handle on the point of views changing with now warning. About every 5 paragraphs or so it changes perspective and I wasn't used to this style of writing. After the first 50 pages or so I didn't notice it any longer and it became the most obvious way of making sure the story was told in a full of a way as possible.

Agai
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Elizabeth B
I enjoyed the plot and characters put forth in this novel. It is, first and foremost, a coming of age adventure story. There are characters that will appeal to many different teens making the audience widespread. The setting is wonderfully captured and the trials the group must go through are well crafted as well. I did have some difficult with the writing style - it was full of tightly drawn sentences and very matter-of-fact. This will appeal to many younger readers and those looking for a quic ...more
Claudia
Honestly 68 Knots is about the worst book I've ever read. The way the story is written is very amateurish and the author tries MUCH too hard to make the characters diverse. The characters are one-sided and not interesting enough to actually connect to the reader. And frankly, they're quite annoying. There's no suspense in the novel, even though the author makes an "effort" to make the story interesting. I expected a little more from so-called "Michael Robert Evans: award-winning associate profes ...more
Celestasaurus
68 Knots begins with eight teenagers setting out to sea on a leadership cruise. The summer didn’t kick off to a great start, but when the captain is discovered dead in his quarters, the “Plunder Dogs” decide to work together and make this the best summer they’ve ever had. All the pirate raids, treasure-hunting, and boat-racing added up to create the experience of a lifetime, and each one of them learned a little about themselves and others in the process. The novel, although not very gripping, t ...more
Nalani
I absolutely loved 68 Knots despite it being rather unreal. I loved the setting
and the characters, and I loved how everything panned out in the end. The
writing was really good, and the characters personality shone out. You could see
all of them growing closer through each good thing and bad thing that happened.
The ending was beautifully done in it's simplicity, but I would have loved to
see the aftershocks of what they did and if they kept in contact with each
other. The only thing that reall
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Ann
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Rachel Romeo
This was one of a bunch of free books I received and I was pleasantly surprised. It's a bout a group of teenagers who sign up for a Leadership Sailing Cruise for the summer and end up with a Captain who commits suicide, counselors who flee the ship and treasures to be discovered. Instead of turning around and going home this group decides to become leaders and continue the trip as planned. It's a great story about learning to lead, becoming mature and realizing your own potential. It's an easy r ...more
Melanie
Absolutely in love with this book!
Angelina Justice
The setting and plot information concerning sailing and the location were spot on, but I was not entirely convinced when it came to the characters and the timespan of the fantastical events. I was left with a mild sense of distaste and how easily things wrapped up for the teens in the end, but I'm sure this will appeal to the teen readers rather than turn them off.
Eden
why, oh why did I even finish reading this? The plot's unbelievable, only some of the characters are even likable and there is next to no characterization. The book should be called The Unrealistic Story of a bunch of angsty teenagers who spend a summer doing stupid, stupid stuff.
Kerri
Summer sailing adventure with life lessons. I liked this book. I really liked the storyline but I thought there was so much more that could have been done with it. I never quite connected with the characters. However, if you like sailing you would probably love this book.

Joleen
I was only going to give this book 4 stars to start with but then I started getting into it and really liked it by the end. I was expecting more survival action-adventure than was in it but it still turned out to be a good book.
Rhiana
Oct 13, 2010 Rhiana rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: religious/spiritual people
Personally, I found the book a little slow. It took me a really long time to read because I would stop reading it and read something else.

I liked the idea of the book and how the view changed with each character.
Adrienne Darnell
Boring,selfish,vapid characters + sorry excuse/scene for "pirate adventures" X non- related story-lines=one dull and unimaginative book in my humble opinion,
Ali
good story line but the author could have done a lot ore to make this an exciting novel. i kept expecting it to get better
Megan Moseley
Amazing book. I loved it from the first to the last page. Awesome read. I would def reccomend it!
J.
Maybe 4.5
I want to see more books like this in YA.
Missy
I absolutely LOVE this book so far...
9aidan
Very good, very good.
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