Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

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A boy and dog trapped aboard the legendary ship, the Flying Dutchman, are sent off on an eternal journey by an avenging angel, roaming the earth throughout the centuries in search of those in need. Their travels lead them to Chapelvale, a sleepy nineteenth-century village whose very existence is at stake. Only by discovering the buried secrets and solving the dust-laden riddles of the ancient village can it be saved. This will take the will and wile of all the people-and a very special boy and dog! Brian Jacques turns from Redwall to a very different sort of story, and succeeds admirably.

Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781402553158
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 12/02/2009
Series: The Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series

About the Author

Best known for the children’s fantasy series Redwall, Brian Jacques (1939 ¿ 2011) created an entirely new world filled with anthropomorphic animals and set in many different historical time periods. Redwall was adapted into an animated television series. Jacques also wrote another fantasy series for children, Castaways of the Flying Dutchman series, as well as other collections of short stories.

Date of Birth:

June 15, 1939

Date of Death:

February 5, 2011

Place of Birth:

Liverpool, England

Place of Death:

Liverpool, England


St. John¿s School, Liverpool, England

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Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Castaways of the Flying Dutchman Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 80 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is written really well. I recommend this book to readers who love sad and adventurous stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really love this book Ive read it like three times
SusanHR More than 1 year ago
Really, what kid has not ever imagined what it would be like to talk to their dog? Lots of action, a good vs. evil battle, great read. Recommend for age 10+.
Jacie LeBlanc More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!! Best book brian ever wrote. Its really exciting and amazing.
Skatergirl More than 1 year ago
This awesome book is partly about the cursed ship the flying dutchman that is cursed to sail the sea with no escape not even death. but its mostly about a boy named neb short for nebuchaneezer and his dog den short for denmark even though about halfway through the book they change their names to ben and ned. they are given boundless youth and a lot of other stuff and are told by the angel that cursed the flying dutchman that they have to go around the world helping people, and doing only good. In it they help an old man and help save a town, u have to read it to get more details! ok this review may sound a little boring but READ the book!!! you will definitly not be dissapointed!!! This is one of the best books i've read in a long time!!!! take my advice and READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very good. The idea of a boy and dog that escaped from the Flying Dutchman and now travel the world doing good is interesting. I think that the book is going to be the first of another excellent series by Brian Jacques. Ben is an intriguing character and Ned is hilarious. The author is very good at making intriguing plotlines where you never see the next thing coming. This book is just as good as the Redwall series. This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. The twists and turns as they struggle to figure out the riddles are in true Brian Jacques style. The only thing that I didn¿t like about this book is that Ben and Ned always have to leave those that they care for after they help them. My other favorite character is Amy because she is very bright and caring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, normally I'd rate Redwall 5 stars too, this by far is one of the greatest books, and it tells my desires, I really wish I could be immortal, but being immortal is always for a price. That was probably what brian jacques was thinking when he wrote the book. READ THE BOOK PEOPLE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hello my name is Lukas and I absolutely loved reading this great book. I have already read it twice. Castaways of a Flying Dutchman is definetly a great read. If you are a reader (boy or girl, young or old) looking for a book that is different and adventerous read this! It is a novel from the author Brian Jacques who normally writes books that are far different from it. It includes a pretty large range of settings from the icy waters of Cape Horn to the warmth of New England. Castaways of a Flying Dutchman is one of those books that keeps you wondering 'what will happen next' and then at the end of your book you are sad that it is over. I can not say anything more about it without giving it away so go to your nearest Barnes and Noble, buy it, and sit down and enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian Jaques has done it again with his book CASTWAYS OF THE FLYING DUITCH MAN. His Imagination in using the ancient mariner legend of the Flying Dutchman is well thought out. This book shows Jaques ability as a writer. You feel like you are on the high sea's or in the Old english village. Hopefully this will be the first in another of Brian Jaques succesful series of books
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought that this was a very well written, interesting book but it pales in comparison to the other works of Brian Jacques. The Redwall Series was so good that i think anything else he tries to do would never live up to it. I thought that the adventures of Jem and Ned were very interesting and i actually read it in two days. Even though this isn't a Redwall book Brian Jacques' writing style is still there and that is enough to keep readers hooked. I would recomend this book to anyone who has read the Redwall Series, but if you havn't i suggest that you read that first and experience Brian Jacques at his best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While well written and a pleasure to read, I do not think that this is his best book. I am a huge Redwall fan and while I appreciate him trying to explore new frontiers in his writing, in my opinion he should probably stick to Redwall. Don't get me wrong I spent nearly every waking moment trying to finish this book, in the end I decided it was not his best. As brilliantly talented as he is, the creative world of Redwall is where he belongs. I would still recommend this book to fans of Brian Jacques' style of writing
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the author of the famed Redwall series, Brian Jacques brings us a new story that's not of medieval animals, but just as exciting.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Substance: A young boy and a dog escape from the cursed 17th-century ship "The Flying Dutchman" because of their innocence of evil, but are doomed to wander the earth in eternal youth. After detailing the horrors of life on the ship and their dramatic escape, the second half of the book gives the story of their involvement in the riddles of a 19th century village.Style: Dramatic and engaging, but the situations are definitely tailored for the junior reader.
richiespicks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Richie's Picks: CASTAWAYS OF THE FLYING DUTCHMAN by Brian Jacques, Philomel, March 2001 An orphan in 1620 escapes enslavement at the hands of his stepbrothers when he falls into the harbor and ends up on the legendary soon-to-be ghost ship, the Flying Dutchman. Along with the faithful black Labrador he adopts, the boy is saved from the fate of the scoundrels on the ship when he is washed overboard. Washed up on Tierra del Fuego, the boy and the dog begin a series of adventures around the world to the benefit of those good souls with whom they come in contact. Filled with the excitement of Jacques' strorytelling style, but moving me to the extent that the Redwall books never did, I believe this to be the finest thing he's written
HHS-Students on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Renee (Class of 2011)This book is so captivating! A boy and his faithful dog bound together for eternity doing good. This story is a roller coaster of emotion and suspense. Once you pick it up you can't put it down. Read the other two books in this series. Ask the media center librarian for these books.
CoWe0502 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this was one of the best books I have ever read in my life, its about this boy and his black lab who run away on and accidently gone on the legandary gost ship, the flying duchman. this is an book has action, adventure, lauther, and mystery
LordRoe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is aimed at young readers, similar to Jacques other books, namely Redwall. That being said, this was one of my favorite books of my young life. It has fairly good morals, a good story, and gripping characters without getting too in-depth or philisophical that a young reader can't enjoy it. Older readers may still get some enjoyment out of it, but likely not as much as younger readers, as the story is fairly light-handed compared to most adult novels. Its length is a bit disappointing, however, as only one very specific time in his post-dutchman years is encapsulated - more would have been welcome.
katekf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this intriguing book, Brian Jacques wonders what really happened to create the legend of the Flying Dutchman. The story follows a boy who is caught up in Holland by the ship and finds himself following an unexpected course. I don't want to spoil the story only to say that this is as good a read as any of Jacques' Redwall books with adventure, riddles and friendship. It reminded me of Victorian stories of the supernatural such as MacDonald's or Poe's, which was a treat. This is a book that would appeal to middle school readers and above with its exciting story and sympathetic cast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first book I truly loved and thought about often. I'm a huge fan of adventure stories, so if you are as well, then this book and the ones that follow it are for you! 
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