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ISBN13: 9780142416709
ISBN10: 0142416703
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Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother?s death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. Tensions flare between Ben and his father, but they gradually learn to live together in close quarters. Then one morning the boys wake up to discover their father has disappeared?and they are lost. What happened to him? Where are they? And what will they do when a terrible storm looms on the horizon?


A debut author spins a gripping tale of adventure, survival, and the bonds of brotherhood, in this novel inspired by her own four sons.

About the Author

M. H. Herlong lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. The author's four sons inspired this debut novel.

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Beverly B, August 20, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
More mature middle grade readers and YA readers will love this emotionally charged adventure/survival/family drama. A loving but misguided father decides the best way for he and his sons to deal with the grief of losing their wife/mother is to spend a year sailing in the Caribbean. When the father disappears, and a storm sends the boat many miles off coarse, Ben, the oldest son, must try to save what is left of his family and deal with his fury and hatred for his father who he is convinced committed suicide and left the boys to die. A nail biting read for adults as well as teens.
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JanB, November 7, 2012 (view all comments by JanB)
Although this isn't one of my favorite books for middle or young adult readers, I think a lot of kids would be interested in it, especially those who love stories with adventure and danger.

Most of the story takes place on a sailboat. After their mother dies in an accident, their father deals with his grief by selling the house and all their possessions, forcing his three sons to leave their lives behind and move onto the sailboat for a year long trip through the islands that make up the Bahamas. I think it would have been a good idea to have a picture of the sailboat with all the parts labeled and a glossary of terms included in the back of the book. I found it hard to relate to some of the vocabulary when I didn’t understand so much of it. Words such as V berth, bow pulpit, forestay, splashway, and EPIRB made no sense to me. Being able to flip back to pictures or definitions would have been helpful to better visualize what was going on. It also takes away from the story if I have to constantly get on the internet to look something up while I’m in the middle of the story.

It’s a good story on many levels. It is a story about coping after the loss of a loved one - in this case, mother and wife. It is a story about relationships and how they are tested when tragedy strikes. It’s a coming of age story and about learning to be a mature and responsible adult. It’s about brothers risking their lives to save each other and always being there. And it’s an adventure story with high drama, suspense, and excitement. It’s also educational with details about sailing and the Bahamas. Who knew there were hundreds of islands in the Bahamas? Not me. I think middle school students would love this book, especially boys. It would also make a great read aloud.

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Product Details

Herlong, M. H.
Puffin Books
Herlong, M.H.
Action & Adventure - Survival Stories
Family - Siblings
Survival after airplane accidents, shipwrecks
Fathers and sons
Children s-Adventure Stories
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Paperback / softback
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Grade Level:
from 5 up to AND UP
7.70x5.58x.76 in. .49 lbs.
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