A Sailor Returns by Theodore Taylor

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Eleven-year-old Evan Bryant¹s life is changed forever when a letter arrives from his grandfather, who has been presumed dead for thirty years. In the dog days of summer, with no school and nothing to do, Evan can hardly wait for the old sailor to take him fishing and share his incredible tales of life on the high seas. But when Grandpa Pentreath arrives, he brings with him a shocking secret‹one he¹s sure will drive Evan and his mother away forever. Dramatic and powerful, this novel shows that it takes tremendous courage to ask for forgiveness‹and tremendous courage to forgive.
 

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Theodore Taylor was born in North Carolina and began writingTheodore Taylor was born in North Carolina and began writing at the age of thirteen as a cub reporter for the Portsmouth at the age of thirteen as a cub reporter for the Portsmouth, Virginia "Evening Star". Leaving home at seventeen to join, Virginia "Evening Star". Leaving home at seventeen to join the "Washington Daily News" as a copy boy, he worked his wa the "Washington Daily News" as a copy boy, he worked his way toward New York City and became an NBC network sportswritey toward New York City and became an NBC network sportswriter at the age of nineteen. Mr. Taylor is the author of a dozer at the age of nineteen. Mr. Taylor is the author of a dozen books for young readers, among them the award-winning "Then books for young readers, among them the award-winning "The Cay". He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Cay". He lives in Laguna Beach, California, with his wife, Flora. Flora.
 
Published January 1, 2001 by Scholastic. 158 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In the summer of 1914, an 11-year-old boy with a clubfoot meets his long-lost maternal grandfather.

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Tom tells Evan that "most things are possible," providing him with an antidote to the bullying of a classmate and to his own father's sternness and insensitivity (he refers to Evan as a "cripple").

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Evan's grandfather, who abandoned Evan's mother when she was three years old, and who was supposed to be dead, is very much alive and would like to come visit her.

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