Marooned by Robert Kraske
The Strange but True Adventures of Alexander Selkirk, the Real Robinson Crusoe

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In 1704, Alexander Selkirk was voyaging across the South Pacific when, after arguing with the ship’s captain, he was put ashore— alone—on an uninhabited island. Equipped with little more than a musket and his wits, Selkirk not only survived in complete solitude for more than four years, but to came to be quite comfortable and happy. After being rescued by a British privateer in 1709, he took a leading role in several dramatic captures of merchant ships. Although he returned to civilization a rich man, he couldn’t find a place in society and always longed to return to the paradise of his island.

Selkirk’s well-documented adventures so inspired Daniel Defoe that they became the basis for his perennial classic, Robinson Crusoe. In an account that is every bit as fascinating as Defoe’s novel, Robert Kraske provides vivid descriptions of Selkirk’s days on the island and aboard ship, including details of the violent, bloody, and legally sanctioned pirating that went on in the early 18th century. Author’s note, glossary, bibliography, index.
 

About Robert Kraske

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Robert Kraske has written 16 previous books for young readers, among them Harry Houdini: Master of Magic (Scholastic). This is his first for Clarion. He lives in Stillwater, Minnesota.
 
Published October 17, 2005 by Clarion Books. 133 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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Sent off alone, with minimal supplies, to an uninhabited island far from the Chilean coast after a clash with his ship’s captain, Selkirk learned survival skills through trial and error as he slowly adapted to the total lack of human company.

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