Luke on the High Seas by Bonnie Pryor

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When Luke Reed left his prairie home to accompany Uncle Eli to Boston, he passed hordes of fortune seekers heading west to join the Gold Rush. It seems there's money to be made out there, and Uncle Eli doesn't want to miss out on any of it. In this new adventure, the duo is off again, this time making the perilous voyage by clipper ship to the goldfields of California.

Luke and his friend Toby wonder how they'll keep themselves occupied on the long voyage, but not for long. Besides the everyday risks of stormy weather and shark-infested waters, they face a whole set of unexpected challenges, including a cabin boy with a mysterious secret and a pirate ship that they just can't seem to outrun.

Full of action and gripping suspense, this American Adventure will have readers turning the pages to find out how Luke braves the turbulent seas.


About Bonnie Pryor

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Bonnie Pryor was born in California and raised in Spokane, Washington. She has lived in Ohio with her husband Robert and six children for the last 30 years. She has written 32 books, both picture books and novels for elementary age children. Her books include mysteries, family stories and historical fiction. Many of the family stories are loosely based on true family incidents and she often use her own children as characters in her books. A painter, teacher and illustrator, Bert Dodson is the author of the best-selling North Light book "Keys to Drawing". He's illustrated more than 70 children's books and worked as an animation designer for the PBS series "Intimate Strangers".
Published May 31, 2000 by HarperCollins. 176 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Adult readers will probably find the plot a bit creaky: facile friendships between Luke and Toby (the son of Uncle Eli’s former slave housekeeper Miss Maisie) and the orphaned cabin “boy” (who’s really a girl in disguise), a conniving thief who conspires to hijack the ship, a mysterious letter (w...

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