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Windcatcher by Avi
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Jun 09, 2012

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In 1777, His Majesty’s ship the Swallow foundered on the deadly rocks which surrounded an unidentified island. The Swallow and its entire cargo – which included an iron chest filled with the payroll from General Burgoyne’s army – was lost. Only one of its crew members survived.

Two hundred years later, Tony Souza yearns to purchase a motor scooter with the three hundred dollars he made delivering newspapers at six o’clock every morning. But, being four years shy of the fifteen year old limit for driving motor vehicles on roads, his father will not allow him to make the purchase. So instead he buys the Snark.

The Snark is a sleek blue sailboat decorated with a metal mast and a crisp white sail which boasts its name in bright red letters. Granted, it only measures twelve feet from bow to stern, but Tony thinks it’s the best that ever happened. When his parents permit him to purchase it, he is overjoyed; soon he will be sailing on the open ocean!

When Tony travels to Swallows Bay, Connecticut, to vacation with Grandmother Souza during summer break, he totes the Snark along. He begins to learn the fine art of sailing from his new friend, Chris, and enjoys spending time with his spunky grandmother. It isn’t long before Tony hears the rumors of a treasure ship that went down somewhere near Swallows Bay. Tony is fascinated; he ferrets about trying to learn the location of the ship when it went down and the mysterious Captain Ezra Littlejohn who founded Swallows Bay. Is Tony chasing after a phantom, or does the treasure really exist?

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