In the exciting tradition of Patrick O'Brian comes the saga of one boy's life in the British Navy during the Napoleonic Wars. Thirteen-year-old Sam Witchall had always dreamed of a sailor's life, but he didn't realize how dangerous and gruesome life at sea could be until he is pressed into service aboard H.M.S. Miranda. Beginning his naval career as a "powder monkey"-assistant to a gun crew on the warship-Sam learns the hard way how to cope with enemies both in battle and on the Miranda herself. With enough conflict, storms, and shipwrecks to thrill any fan of the Master and Commander series, this epic tale introduces a new generation to this exciting historical period, when even a lowly powder monkey could become a hero. Recognition Powder Monkey has been named a NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Reviews "Readers will be absorbed in the day-to-day life of young Sam, and his vivid tale will keep them on edge as he tries to escape his commission. . . . Not for the faint of heart, this novel is a brilliant introduction to the likes of C. S. Forester's classic 'Horatio Hornblower' [ saga." -School Library Journal "Readers who prefer their decks awash in blood 'and worse' will not be disappointed. . . . Voracious fans of the nautical genre will happily sign on." -Kirkus Reviews "Fans of the Master and Commander series or movie will enjoy this seafaring adventure. Sam is an engaging narrator who includes tremendous detail about life aboard ships: Maggots in food, lavatory facilities (or lack thereof), floggings, and gruesome deaths-both in and out of battle--are described in vivid detail." -Voice of Youth Advocates "Sail with young Sam Witchall on a ship of the British navy. Pressed into service, Sam leads an exciting and dangerous life as a powder monkey, handling gunpowder for the cannons, and surviving sea battles, storms and shipwrecks. A gripping adventure story on the high
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Published October 10, 2012
by Bloomsbury USA Childrens.
Young Adult, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, War.