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Stowaway by Karen Hesse
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Jan 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, danielle-recommends, y-a
Read in December, 2011

I very pleasant surprise. I read and enjoyed Out of the Dust, so thought I'd give this one a try. It is an excellent YA book, yet was mature enough to keep me turning the pages.
The story follows Nick who stows away aboard Captain Cook's famous circumnavigating voyage at the age of 12. I was impressed with Hesse's research, since the facts of Nick's age and presence on the ship are historically accurate. His journal is fiction, but follows the events in the ship's log (down to longitude and latitude) exactly. It's extremely well done and was a delight to read. Talk about getting your history with a spoonful of sugar.

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