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Publish Date: 9/1/2008
14 to College
|Stormy seas unravel in this journey of discovery and drama, as three brothers set out to find the answers to the sinking of the Army Foster.|
|From the Publisher:
THERE IS A THIN LINE BETWEEN GENIUS AND MADNESS.
When young Nathan sails with his older brothers in search of a lost treasure ship, he is expected to do exactly as they tell him. But when one of his brothers mysteriously dies and the other declares he is Captain Ahab straight out of Moby Dick, Nathan worries about what orders he might have to carry out.
Then a mysterious object appears in the bay that seems to have floated out of the very pages of Moby Dick. Something very strange is happening at sea, but how. . . and why?
"Figures and events from Moby Dick are given eerie, shadowy counterparts ... So quietly, so persuasively is this accomplished that when Ishmael's ocean-going coffin drifts out of Melville's seas in O'Dell's, it carries no shock for either Nathan or the reader."
- Washington Post Book World
Sixteen-year-old Nathan sails from nineteenth-century Nantucket to a remote California bay with his two older brothers and finds himself in mysterious circumstances involving the death of one brother and the strange obsession of the other.
Scott O'Dell published his first work for children, the 1961 Newbery Award-winner ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS, when he was 52. Before writing this book O'Dell had many careers, including newspaper journalist and laborer on a citrus ranch. He also wrote several novels for adults. Three of O'Dell's novels for children, THE KING'S FIFTH, THE BLACK PEARL, and SING DOWN THE MOON were named Newbery Honor Books. In 1972 he received the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for his body of work. Before his death, he established the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, an annual prize meant to recognize excellence in historical fiction for children.