Battle Fleet: Adventures of a Young Sailor [NOOK Book]

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When the truth about Sam Witchall's false conviction is finally revealed, he can at last escape Australia and look toward home. On the journey back to England he faces pirates and a terrible storm before making the longed-for trip back up the river Thames. Finally reunited with his family in Norfolk, Sam realizes how much life at sea has become part of him. So when he hears that Napoleon plans to attack England, he is tempted to join the British navy once more, and finds himself midshipman on none other than the ...
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Overview

When the truth about Sam Witchall's false conviction is finally revealed, he can at last escape Australia and look toward home. On the journey back to England he faces pirates and a terrible storm before making the longed-for trip back up the river Thames. Finally reunited with his family in Norfolk, Sam realizes how much life at sea has become part of him. So when he hears that Napoleon plans to attack England, he is tempted to join the British navy once more, and finds himself midshipman on none other than the Victory, preparing for one of the most epic battles in history: Trafalgar.
Loyal readers will not want to miss the stirring conclusion to this dramatic series.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Sulock
Dowsell's third novel about Sam Whitchall follows the teen sailor in 1805 as he travels from Australia to return to Britain. In this first-person narrative, Whitchall faces a host of dangers—pirates, natives, a deadly tiger, a volcano, smallpox and a terrible storm—and soon decides he is done living a sailor's life. Upon returning to his hometown he realizes the sea is calling him and rejoins the Royal Navy to become a midshipman. He is assigned to the historic HMS Victory and struggles to fight heroically at the Battle of Trafalgar. Fans of Dowswell's other historical novels and Susan Cooper's Victory will enjoy this well researched, sea shanty of a journey. However readers new to early 19th century naval history may find it difficult to understand some of the lifestyle differences that are alluded to but not explained in detail. A suspenseful and gripping read that transports readers through time. Reviewer: Elizabeth Sulock
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Gr 6-10

In this sequel to Powder Monkey (2005) and Prison Ship (2006, both Bloomsbury), Sam and his friend Richard have a rocky voyage from Australia back to England on a merchant ship. Meanwhile England is at war with France, and the British navy is sending out press gangs to "recruit" sailors. When Sam is in London, he barely escapes a gang and decides to accept Viscount Neville's offer to purchase him a post in the navy as an officer. He is on the same ship as Admiral Lord Nelson and fights with him in the legendary Battle of Trafalgar. Sam's sailing story starts slowly, taking several chapters for the wind to come into the plot sails. Even then, it feels more like a choppy travelogue than an adventure story. One can only wish that Sam mused less about what he should and should not do. Dowswell, however, does give a wealth of historical detail about 19th-century sailing without detracting too much from the plot. The author is at his best describing the Battle of Trafalgar and the funeral of Admiral Lord Nelson, which he based on eyewitness accounts. Fans of the series will be interested in this new segment of Sam's life, and teens interested in sailing stories may be willing to swim through it as well.-Samantha Larsen Hastings, West Jordan Public Library, UT

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599908618
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 358,311
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written over 60 books, including Ausländer, nominated for the Carnegie Medal, the Red House Children's Book Award and the Booktrust Teenage Prize. Paul lives in Wolverhampton with his family.
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