The Lost Sailor by Pam Conrad
(A Laura Geringer Books)

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A sailor famed for his seamanship and luck is shipwrecked on a tiny island, where his darkest hour gives rise to rescue and a new life.

About Pam Conrad

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Pam Conrad wrote many award-winning books for children, including the immensely popular "The Tub People " and " The Tub Grandfather, " both illustrated by Richard Egielski. She is also the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including Prairie Songs, a 1986 ALA Best Children's Book of the Year and a 1985 ALA Golden Kite Honor Book, and " Stonewords, " winner of the 1991 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Juvenile Mystery. Beddows is the illustrator of a number of books for young readers.
Published September 1, 1992 by Harpercollins Childrens Books.
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The captain's unequaled luck seems to be the result of his phenomenal powers of observation--he can even steer through fog "by instinct, by the feel of the air on the hairs of his arms and the breath of the ocean in his nose."

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Conrad's evident attempt to make the protagonist a kind of epic figure--we know him only as ``the sailor'' or ``the lost sailor,'' for he is not given a name or any other personal characteristics--distances the reader and results in a narrative that, despite some deft turns of phrase, is devoid o...

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