|A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway, from 1768 to 1771, aboard the Endeavor, which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook, who became the first person to have ever spotted New Zealand and a respected member of the Royal Navy. Reprint. *Author: Hesse, Karen/ Parker, Robert Andrew (ILT) *Publication Date: 2002/06/01 *Number of Pages: 315 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 4-6 *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.00 *Height: 7.50|
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It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S Endeavour, beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by the name of Nicholas Young was a stowaway on that ship.
Newbery winner Karen Hesse re-creates Cook's momentous voyage through the eyes of this remarkable boy, creating a fictional journal filled with fierce hurricanes, warring natives, and disease, as Nick discovers new lands, incredible creatures, and lifelong friends.A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.
"Newbery medalist Hesse brings the dramatic voyage to life, weaving fascinating facts into the fiction and showing how Nicholas grows in spirit over the three years." - Kathleen Odean March/April 2001 New York Times Book Review
"Hesse is true to her narrator. Since it would strain belief for Nick to be present at every interesting moment of the tale, he often hears about shore expeditions from older members of the crew, and learns the news retailed in the captain's voice mostly from the captain's teen-age servant, John Charlton. Hesse's Nick has intelligence, curiosity, an observant eye and a great, affectionate passion for animals and birds. He records with tireless interest Banks's collecting of plants and creatures unknown to Europeans; we never lose sight of the 18th-century fervor for cataloging the natural world." - Anne Scott MacLeod 03/11/2001