To the Edge of the World by Michele Torrey

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ORPHANED BY THE plague and penniless, Mateo must find his way in the world. By chance he is made a cabin boy on the celebrated voyage of Captain-General Ferdinand Magellan. The destination is secret, but the crew whispers that Magellan will be the first to sail east to the Spice Islands by going west—and everyone shall return with untold riches.

At sea, Mateo discovers the meaning of friendship, loyalty, and hard work, as well as the delight of first love. But when the ocean rages and brother turns against brother, both Mateo and Magellan are in danger—and it’s not clear if anyone will survive. . . .

“Torrey deftly maintains the taut thread of adventure that, along with the cast of memorable characters, keep the pages turning.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred

“This deserves to be in the hands of every reader who loves history and adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews

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About Michele Torrey

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Michele Torrey, an explorer herself, has traveled to almost 30 countries. The author lives in Auburn, Washington.
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction

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In their bid to sail west to get to the Far East and return home by circumnavigating the globe, Mateo and his fellow voyagers experience murder, mutiny, marooning, starvation, beautiful native women, a forest of ghosts, menacing seawolves, and a graveyard of mummified giants.

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Mateo grows to manhood while learning the often bitter lessons of loyalty, friendship, honor and "the courage of endurance," through seasickness and storms, the sweet taste of first love, a brutal winter at the tip of Cape Horn, hostile natives and a stint as a castaway, as well as tensions in th...

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