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The Wanderer

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  10,394 Ratings  ·  739 Reviews
New York Times BestsellerA Newbery Medal Honor Award WinnerInterest Level: Middle/High SchoolReading Grade Level: 4th-6thLexile Level: Not AvailableTheme: Survival/TrustAn Accelerated Reader(r) title
Paperback, Large Print
Published January 29th 2008 by Thorndike Press (first published March 22nd 2000)
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Dec 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
If I were to write down my favourite quotes from The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, I have a feeling I would end up transcribing the whole book. Choosing just one moment doesn't seem fair.

The Wanderer is life and as alive as the sea. It comes with ups and downs, moods and tides, storms and rainbows. Once you are in, you are in for the whole journey.

The story is brought to us by the hands of Sophie and Cody, and is told through their journal entries. Their writing, absolutely stunning in its simplic
Kathy Cowie
Jun 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I borrowed this book from my daughter’s newly organized “library”. She explained the rules, which were a little different from the ones I am used to at our local library. She knows I have a huge, almost impossible amount of books on my to-read pile, yet she insisted I take this one, and, of course, read it now. To emphasize her point, she explains her library’s rules. I have two weeks to read it (she places a post-it on the inside back cover), and I cannot return it unread to avoid the fine. If ...more
Mar 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A family mystery, dealing with the enigmas of one girl's past, set before the ominous backdrop of the romantic high seas...What could be more enticing than that?

The Wanderer really isn't as much a complex mystery as I had thought from reading the book's description, however. What lies at stake in these three hundred five pages is less about unraveling a mystery after following numerous leads to nowhere and then finally hitting upon the hot trail that begins an exciting endgame, and more a matt
KidsFiction Teton County Library

Debbie-4 stars

"The sea. The sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in. Come in."

These are the words of Sophie, a young gal who is the predominant voice in the book, The Wanderer, which is actually the name of the boat Sophie and 5 men use to sail across the ocean.

Their destinationn on the boat is to England to see Bompie, who is the father of the 3 brothers and the grandfather of the 2 younger boys. Who is Bompie to Sophie? That along with lots of other questions about her rea
This has been one of my all time favorite books since I was maybe seven or eight. I've at least liked all of Sharon Creech's books, but this is the one I truly loved and has stuck with me ever since I read it for the first time. I found Sophie the only main character Creech has written that I was not annoyed by. The others all seem the same to me. Sophie, while maybe just as unreasonable as many of the other characters from other books, is very easy to relate to and her character is one you can' ...more
The Captain
Ahoy there me mateys!

I previously read two novels by this author: walk two moons (Newbery Medal Winner) and chasing redbird.(ALA Best Book for Young Adults). When I found a copy of her Newbery Honor Book about an adventure across the ocean on a sailboat at a Friends of the Library sale, I had to snag the copy. Arrrr!

Side note: me copy has a lovely inscription in it:

Dear Veronica,

Good luck in your new school (W.M.S.). You are a wonderful student & I will really miss you.

Love, Mrs. Becker

Rea K
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My mom
Recommended to Rea by: Mrs. Gaston
Sophie goes on a sailing adventure with an all-boys crew including Cody, Brian, Uncle Dock, Uncle Mo and Uncle Stew on Uncle Dock's boat, the Wanderer. The crew encounters friendly people, marine life and unpredictable weather. Sophie and Cody struggle to prove themselves to the rest of the crew; Sophie proves herself to not be helpless around the boat just because she's a girl while Cody tries to prove that he's not a "knuckle-head doofus". As the Wanderer and its' crew travel to different plac ...more
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Sophie living with her two adopted parents who went to sea with her cousins and uncles to go find her Bompie who has sent Sophie many letters telling her stories about water when he was young. When Sophie told these stories to her cousins and uncles at first they had a hard time believing her. Sophie mentioned in the stories about her Bompie suffering in water but the cousins were confused because the uncles said Bompie never told them anything about him sufferin ...more
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: newbery-honor
Love Sharon Creech. I've enjoyed every book I've read of hers; there's an honesty about her stories, and a lack of pretension that I find refreshing.

"...I wonder why I didn't worry about these things beforehand. Maybe it was because I didn't know, about the four-knot current and I didn't know about the bad things that could happen. I wondered if it was better to know about the bad things in advance and worry about them, or whether it was better not to know, so that you could enjoy yourself."

Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bompie is a name that will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading this heartwarming adventure story.

Surprisingly, so will what a reef knot looks like, even though you might not be a sailor or even know how to swim. Your interest in sailboats might be piqued when something like the Volvo Ocean Race comes to town because this book taught you what “reefing the mainsail” means. Now you’re probably very pleased to know the difference between a square-rigged sailing vessel and a fore-and-aft
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids
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Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech has a special ability to touch the hearts of young girls. This is a story in which she uses several writing techniques to tell a poignant and powerful story of one young girl searching for her place in the world, and coming to terms with her difficult past. The story is particularly effective in the use of dual diaries, written by Sophie and her cousin Cody, which give the reader two revealing perspectives on the past and the present. Also delightful was the writing technique of So ...more
Nov 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good adventure story of and especially for a young girl.

Thirteen-year-old Sophie is the only girl amongst the surly crew of The Wanderer made up of her three uncles and two cousins. They sail across the Atlantic toward England, the land of Bompie, her grandfather. The sea calls to Sophie -- promising adventure and the chance to explore and discover. But the personal journey she takes brings her deeper into a forgotten past than she ever knew she could travel to.

Sophie's thirteen-year-old cousi
May 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent book, and I really enjoyed it.
I liked the way the story unraveled and how you got the perspectives of Sophie and Cody in each chapter. In this book you are reading two journal entries of the events that take place.

Sophie and her two cousins, *Brian and Cody, and her three uncles, Uncle Mo, Uncle Stew and Uncle Dock all set out for an adventure across the Atlantic Ocean. They will sail all the way to England to visit their Grandfather, who they all call Bompie. They all l
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Traditional Sharon Creech - the journey theme. In this case, orphaned Sophie takes off on a sea adventure from Connecticut to England with her 3 uncles and two cousins. Together the motley crew repairs the Wanderer and sets off to England to see Bumpie, the father of the uncles, and grandfather of the cousins. Each take a turn not only at each job in the ship, but also at narrating; Cody, a wisecracker, gives us all the details about Sophie that she purposefully leaves out. Everyone has to teach ...more
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I chose to read this book because I really liked a couple of other books I had read by this author. This was an enjoyable read, just like the other books by Sharon Creech it was heartfelt and had an interesting twist in the end. Sophie is sailing with her uncles and cousin to visit her grandpa Bompie in England. Sophie is adopted and has never met Bompie, yet she tells stories about him as if she knows him. The twist is finding out that she has been writing him letters, and so they have come to ...more
Nov 26, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sold-traded-in
Definitely an odd read.
I have a vague memory of starting this book when I was young and putting it down to gather dust on my shelf. I feel bad when I have unread books just sitting there, but I can see why I put it down.

It's a very slow book, with an odd little mystery following an orphan girl and her desire to rewrite her past and forget her pain.

I didn't really find myself getting emotionally involved with any of the characters, but I found some of the ideas and concepts in it rather intrigu
May 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: award-winners
A large family of uncles and cousins make their way via sailboat to Ireland to visit their beloved father and grandfather in his last days. As they make the journey, a heartfelt crossing undertaken in honor of how Bompie came to the New World as a young man, they reminisce about Bompie's life. What is odd is that the person who claims to know the most stories is Sophie, the only girl on the ship and a newly adopted member of the family. She has never met Bompie- who is she kidding talking night ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wanderer is a great book about a kid named Sophie that follows her dreams and finally goes on a sea voyage from the east coast of America all the way to Europe. I like the formatting of the book because it is very unique. It is a book written from the memories of Sophie and Cody. (What they wrote on their dog-logs) It is written in first person switching from Cody to Sophie. It is like they are taking turns telling the story. It is a really great book. If you like realistic fiction books, th ...more
Courtney M.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie is a girl who dreams her life is just what it is now, and people don't get it when she thinks she grew up this way. Because she didn't. Can they find out a way to let her know the truth... and not hurt her?

I gave this book four stars because it was good but it was a little hard to understand how it kept on switching people and diary entries. Eventually I got it but for anyone who wants to read this, I recommend you to pay close attention. This book i would recommend to people who like a
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl named Sophie and she is setting sail with her uncles and cousins and if you have noticed she is the only girl on the Wanderer. They are crossing the Atlantic Ocean to go to England to see her grandfather who had Unfortunately had moved back to England. While on that trip her cousin Cody is trying to prove to his cousins and uncle and dad that he is much more then a doofus. Sophie is learning the struggles of every day life on the Wanderer. They will figure out stories o ...more
Rebecca  Payton
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sharon Creech is one of my favorite authors, I love the detail she adds in her book. Sharon adding detail into her book puts imagery in my head, making me want to never put the book down!This book is about a girl who has always wanted to sail the oceans and seas, and her dream finally comes true. She goes sailing with her family members and everything is going good, until a horrible storm comes through. I recommend this book to anybody who likes adventure books.
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Walk Two Moons so I picked this one up. It was a great story and the ending was so perfect. I really loved the characters especially Sophie. This book tells the story of the brothers and three cousins going on a sailing adventure from the US to England to see Bompie, father and grandfather. It is written as a journal from Sophie and Cody's perspectives. I will definitely read this again.
8/2016 second time reading it, cute story. I hadn't remembered everything
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three brothers decide to sail across the Atlantic. Two of them take their sons, one goes by himself, and a daughter goes without a parent. They all hope to make it to England to see the brothers' father. The daughter's story isn't quite complete and you're not sure what is going on. The book compels you to keep reading to understand her past.
Josie McClain
Jun 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written book. It is not a high adventure book. I think the back of the book might lead you to think it is going to be high adventure. There is a section with a very dangerous storm on the sea. Most of the book is about the relationships of this one family. It has beautiful sensitive passages where the author has used our language like a song.
Edy Gies
Sharon Creech tells a great story! She is great at writing mysteries for people who don't enjoy traditional mysteries. I was occasionally confused by the flipping back between the two viewpoints, but only because on my Kindle version was difficult to tell. This story would be great for any adventurous kids.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wanderer is a book about a girl named Sophie. She has a calling to the ocean and when she finds out that her uncles and cousins are sailing to she her grandpa Bompie in England, she is all ready to go.
I really liked this book. I think Sharon Creech did a great job narrating both a girl and a boy in the story. I recommend this to people who like fiction books.
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Walk Two Moons & Chasing Redbird, both by Sharon Creech, are two of my favorite junior fiction books. The Wanderer did not disappoint. Knowing that 3/3 books I've read by Creech have been enjoyable, I want to read all of her other books, too!
May 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just started tonight - think this will be an excellent family read aloud.
oh I loved it! beautiful, poignant story. the girls were a little antsy at the beginning - thought it was too slow - but it built in excitement - had suspense and a bit of mystery as well. really lovely story...
May 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th and up
Shelves: 2011
A Newberry Honor book by one of my favorite children's authors. Not as good as "Walk Two Moons" but worth a read. There is a strong female character and an emphasis on the importance of family.
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“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.” 48 likes
“I started thinking about life insurance and how nice it would be if you could get insurance that your life would be happy, and that everyone you knew could be happy, and they could all do what they really wanted to do, and they could all find the people they wanted to find.” 14 likes
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