Synopses & Reviews
Thirteen-year-old Sam Witchall has always dreamed of being a sailor, but he never realized how dangerous and gruesome life at sea could be until he is pressed into service aboard HMS Miranda
. Beginning his naval career as a "powder monkey"--assisting the gun crews on the warship--Sam learns the ropes of sailing and how to cope with enemies both foreign and onboard the Miranda
With enough battles, storms, and shipwrecks to thrill young fans of the Master and Commander series, this rousing historical adventure introduces a new generation to an exciting era, when a lowly powder monkey could grow up to be a hero.
An NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
"Readers will be absorbed in the day-to-day life of young Sam, and his vivid tale will keep them on edge . . . Not for the faint of heart, this novel is a brilliant introduction." -"School Library Journal"
"Sam is an engaging narrator who includes tremendous detail about life aboard ships . . . described in vivid detail."-"VOYA " "Voracious fans of the nautical genre will happily sign on." -"Kirkus Reviews"
Beginning his naval career as a "powder monkey"--assisting the gun crews on the warship--13-year-old Sam learns the ropes of sailing and how to cope with enemies both foreign and onboard the ship itself.
About the Author
A former editor, Paul Dowswell is the author or co-author of over 50 acclaimed nonfiction books for children on historical and scientific topics. This is his first work of fiction. He lives in Wolverhampton, England, with his wife and daughter.