Stowaway (Lib)(CD)

Stowaway (Lib)(CD)

by Karen Hesse

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307582522
Publisher: Listening Library, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Best known for her book written in verse Out of the Dust, which won a Newbery Medal in 1997, Karen Hesse is an acclaimed author of children’s literature. Out of the Dust is a heartrending story about a girl trying to cope during the Dust Bowl. Many of her most notable books are steeped in history, including Witness, Stowaway, and Letters from Rifka.

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Stowaway (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
la_librarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story of Nicholas Young and his adventures on the Endeavor are told in diary form. Although it's fiction, the story is based upon actual ships logs and diaries from the voyage of the Endeavor, led by Captain Cook.The author describes this exploratory voyage through the eyes of Nick who is eleven years old at the start of the voyage. It's filled with details and historical accuracy. My only complaints are that the author doesn't go into more detail about Nick's past, or his future and the second half of the book get a little tedious because it drags on. This is probably due to the fact that very little is known about the actual Nicholas Young aside from his association with this voyage and the "dragging plot" towards the end is due to the author staying true to the actual tale.Aside from those frustrations, Stowaway is a great nautical adventure.
Hamburgerclan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One drawback to reading the books assigned by my daughter's curriculum is that I start to get bored with reading about the same events or the same settings. A few months back I had gotten my fill of Leonardo da Vinci, Queen Elizabeth I and the whole Renaissance. These days, as my daughter studies the age of exploration and colonization, I'm starting to tire of reading accounts of ocean voyages. If I read about seasickness, scurvy and wormy biscuits too many more times, I'm going to have to start seeking out a copy of Dune or Lawrence of Arabia or something. On the other hand, sometimes a book is so well written that one can gloss over the same old, same old and enjoy the milieu afresh. Such is the case of this book. Stowaway is the fictionalized tale of Nicholas Young, a young lad who journeyed around the world with Captain James Cook on his 1768 to 1771 voyage. Young's name suddenly appears in the ship's log eight months after the ship sailed from England, leading historians to speculate that he was a stowaway. Ms. Hesse has taken that idea, as well as the historical records of the voyage, and woven them together to make a great tale. She made the voyage come alive, allowing me to taste the joy and emotional hardships experienced by young Nick. I'll never complain about flight delays again... well, at least not often. Anyway, I'm really toying with the idea of hanging onto the book after the kids' school days have passed. One thing is certain, though, Stowaway is well worth checking out.--J
debnance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stowaway reminded me of author Karen Hesse's book, Out of the Dust, in a couple of ways. Both had young teen main characters with one parent who died and one parent who didn't handle single parenting well. Both characters are forced to handle big adult issues (the suffering and death of loved ones) too early in life. Both books are written in the form of diary, with short choppy entries. And both center around historical events (OOTD-The Great Depression in America; S-Captain Cook's voyage around the world). If you have read and enjoyed OOTD, you will probably also enjoy Stowaway.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's always fun to see what form Karen Hesse's books might take from free prose in Out of the Dust to journal in Stowaway. The book is a fictionalized journal based on a real stowaway on an actual voyage of Captain James Cook.
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Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
I was forced to read this book by my teacher. Nough said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I looove this book! It's very interesting and you'll know the hardships the crew encountered while traveling. 33
Guest More than 1 year ago
This awesome book is about a boy named Nicholas Young who embarks on a long journey with Captain James Cook and other many sailors. He wanted to get away from his old life with the Butcher and Mr. Smythe where his father wanted him to go because his heart was too soft. This book includes the weather they endured, deaths,natives they trade with--including Tupia and Tarheto who comes with them, and finds along their way. Stowaway will want to make you smile. It'll also want tp make you cry because of two people's death that were very special to Nick. This book is worth a read. Very worth.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an unbelievable bargain and a fascinating read. It is replete with boring trivial entries that seem EXACTLY what the boy would have written on an actual voyage.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you feel like you were actualy there experiencing Captain Cook's amazing journey by just reading what Nicholas Young, an eleven year old stowaway wrote in his journal. With near death experiences, wild seas, and canabalistic natives this book intregues you and keeps your attention until you finish this amazing book. Read this book if you like fantatasy or realistic adventure books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stowaway is an adventure story about a boy named Nicholas Young. He escapes a cruel apprenticeship and sneaks onto the ship Endeavour. He travels around the world as a member of the crew for over three years. On his voyage he encounters many hardships and returns to England a mature young man. Stowaway is a great book for those who like sea adventure stories. A bit lengthy, but nonetheless enjoyable. It effectively shows the results of colonization and the dangers faced by sailors during the time period. The book is set in the late 1800's and is written in journal form. A good story about survival and a young person's struggle to grow up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a junior high library media teacher, I booktalk titles almost daily, and Stowaway is one of my--and the kids'--favorites. I was so disappointed, however, with Parker's vague, scribbly illustrations. How lovely it would have been to complement the text instead with 'Audubon'-style sketches of the birds and fish the party found on their exploration of the Pacific.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was very descriptive and it is also a true story. It is about a boy who wants to leave his life in London so he asks some crew members to keep him secret on the ship, but little did he know that it would be more then a regular ship ride for an eleven year old boy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stowaway is an awesome book!!!! Its really cool! I'm on the part where Nick describes the captain from Mr. Banks. Its sort of confusing because theres alot of people in the book. But other then that its really good.