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Stowaway by Karen Hesse
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Sep 13, 07

bookshelves: historical-fiction, reviewed, library-books
Recommended for: fans of books in diary format, and fans of the exploration age
Read in August, 2007

This is the fictional diary of an 11 year old boy who really stowed away on Captain Cook's world exploration voyage. They sailed around the coast of South America, to Tahiti, New Zealand, they were the first to sail the east coast of Australia, and sailed around Cape Horn back to England.
This was adventuresome and exciting reading with close calls and disasters. It did drag in some parts though.
I would definitely recommend it for an older reader because there is a lot about hunting and killing animals, and a lot of natives and boatmates end up getting killed or dying of illness. If a younger reader is going to read this, I think it should be accompanied by discussion for the reasons mentioned above.
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