Lost at Sea by Jonathan Neale

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Orrie and Jack don’t know much about sailing. One day they are basking on a beach in the Canary Islands where their mum has taken them on holiday. Two days later they board a small yacht, along with their little brother, their mother, and her new boyfriend, Skip, to sail across the Atlantic on a lark. Then Skip, the owner of Good Company, falls overboard. Something is wrong with their mother. She won’t leave her cabin. Orrie and Jack are used to taking care of her, but now it is up to them to navigate the thirty-six-foot boat to Antigua safely.
Lost at Sea, written in the alternating voices of two very smart, funny, and real kids, tells the story of a family working through their problems. It is also an intense and gripping adventure at sea that will have readers on the edge of their seats to the very last page.
 

About Jonathan Neale

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Jonathan Neale was born in New York City and now lives in London. He is the author of books of nonfiction and fiction for adults, though this is his first novel for young people. He has traveled in India, Nepal, Japan, Vietnam, the islands around Tahiti, Egypt, Sudan, Kenya, Venezuela, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. He has also sailed across the Atlantic in a small boat.
 
Published April 29, 2002 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 112 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Can three children and their catatonic mother survive crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat?

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PW called this novel about two siblings who sail with their mentally unstable mother and her boyfriend from the Canary Islands to Antigua in a small craft during a fierce storm "a white-knuckle read."

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When she and her boyfriend, Skip, announce that Jack, Orrie and their seven-year-old brother will be sailing with them from the Canary Islands to Antigua in Skip's small craft, the news thrills Jack, who has decided Skip is "all right," but distresses Orrie.

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