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The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
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Dec 08, 2010

really liked it

Creech, Sharon. The Wanderer (2000)
The sea has always called to 13 year old Sophie so she is determined to sail across the Atlantic in the 45 foot sailboat, The Wanderer, with her 3 uncles and 2 cousins on a trip to visit her grandfather, Bompie, who lives in England. Sophie has many stories about Bompie that she shares with the crew – surprising stories because Sophie has never met Bompie. She was adopted and has only been in the family for 3 years although she refuses to acknowledge this and does not remember a previous life. Along the way the crew encounters all the magic and wonder of the sea as well as the intense danger of storms and one gigantic wave that nearly destroys them and The Wanderer. The shared danger and near death experience draws them closer and allows Sophie to remember flashes of her past life too painful to deal with previously. The book is written in diary form alternating between Sophie and her cousin, Cody, which makes for easy reading and moves the story along quickly. The writing is simple but beautifully realistic in the descriptions of life at sea. This is a good adventure book with plenty of drama and a bit of mystery thrown in that adds an emotional element to the plot. The Wanderer has won numerous awards including the 2001 Newbery. I liked this book and would recommend it because of its readability and action/adventure format. I did not think the cover was exciting enough for the book.


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