The Lost Voyage of John Cabot by Henry Garfield

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1498. Sebastian Cabot age fifteen, can only wait and wonder. His famous father has abandoned him at home in Bristol, England, but has taken the boy's older and younger brothers, Ludovico and Sancio, on his second voyage in search of the Asian mainland. On his first journey, sailing north across the Western Ocean in 1497, John Cabot had discovered the New Found Land. He returned to England a hero.

Five years earlier, Spain had given Christopher Columbus a similar welcome. He had found Asia, he claimed. And by a southern route.

Cabot was skeptical and set out to the north again to prove his old friend a fraud.

But silence followed.

Now, Sebastian and history are confronted with a tantalizing mystery. What has become of Cabot's second endeavor? Letters to the boy from fourteen-year-old Sancio tell of a fearsome storm and its aftermath. They, and the surprising climax to Sebastian's and Sancio's shared story, make for unforgettable voyaging.

About Henry Garfield

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Henry Garfield lives in Belfast, Maine, where he keeps a small sailboat for explorations of the coastal waters. He is the author of three mystery-suspense novels: Moondog, Room 13, and Tartabull's Throw, and writes a regular column for, an Internet newspaper in Maine. He is the great-great-grandson of President James A. Garfield, the last U.S. president born in a log cabin.
Published May 8, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 320 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s 1498, and 15-year-old Sebastian Cabot is ready for adventure.

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The story unfolds through the alternating points of view of two of Cabot's sons: 14-year-old Sancio and middle son Sebastian, 16.Through the perspective of Sancio, who accompanies his father on board the Pandora , Garfield captures the boy's sense of wonder as he records his impressions of the ne...

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Clipper ship tales are quite popular these days, and this exciting story of John Cabot's last voyage is sure to be enjoyed for its insights and wonderful historical pictures.

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