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Cabin 102
     

Cabin 102

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by Sherry Garland
 

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Twelve-year-old Dusty has an overwheming fear of drowning, and his wild excuses to avoid water have given him a reputation as a habitual liar and troublemaker. But his lies and excuses can't get him out of a Caribbean cruise aboard the historic ocean liner the Historia.

While cruising with his father, stepmother, and stepsisters, Dusty hears sorrowful crying

Overview

Twelve-year-old Dusty has an overwheming fear of drowning, and his wild excuses to avoid water have given him a reputation as a habitual liar and troublemaker. But his lies and excuses can't get him out of a Caribbean cruise aboard the historic ocean liner the Historia.

While cruising with his father, stepmother, and stepsisters, Dusty hears sorrowful crying coming from the cabin next door, Cabin 102. Upon investigation, he discovers a mysterious girl dressen in a leaf skirt and wearing a crown of tropical flowers. Drowned when a hurricane capsized the Spanish galleon Estrella Vespertina in 1511, Tahni is the ghost of an Arawak Indian girl trying to return to her little island so her spirit can rest in peace.

Through his friendship with water-loving Tahni, Dusty gradually overcomes his terror of water as he put his concern for her before his own fears. In the climactic ending, dusty helps Tahni return to her beloved island, and with his newly found confidence and maturity he admits to his fears.

Sherry Garland deftly weaves a story of growth and courage with historical information about Arawak/Taino way of life and the Spanish conquest of the Caribbean Islands.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7Dusty almost drowned when he was 5; now 11, he lies to avoid swimminga sport his father, new stepmother, and stepsisters adore. When his stepmother wins a Caribbean cruise for the whole family, Dusty is terrified...until he meets someone with a dilemma more serious than hisa Taino girl who lived and died in the 1500s. Dealing with phobias, family problems, ghosts, and genocide may seem overwhelming, but Garland creates a resilient central character who overcomes adversity not through heroics, but by willingly responding to each situation to the best of his ability. In so doing he overcomes his fear of water, bonds with his father and new family, saves the ship, and helps a spirit come to rest. Information about the Tainos is woven into the story as Dusty tries to find out more about his friend, not realizing until the end that she is a ghost. Several of the supporting characters are well developed and move the plot along nicely. This compelling and at times powerful novel could engage reluctant readers; it delivers the ``good Taino/bad Spaniard'' message with subtlety, and is a good companion to Michael Dorris's Morning Girl (Hyperion, 1992). A fine choice for those who enjoy reading about teen angst and ghosts.Jody McCoy, Casady School, Oklahoma City

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152006624
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/15/1995
Pages:
252
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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Cabin 102 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is the best book in the whole world! Sherry Garland entails a story of a boy who is afraid of water and his stepmom and dad make him go on a cruise. on my side I love cruises and water. But the story tells alot about Taino and the Spanish conquest. This is a great book!!!!!! I recommend that you read it. Also I hope Sherry writes a sequel!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Are you scared of water? I am. The book Cabin 102 is one of my favorite books. This story takes place on the ocean. The book is really thrilling. It has information on the Taino people, memebers of an Indian tribe. It was intersting to read if you like stories about ghosts. The book is very descriptive and you can picture what the author is telling you. Cabin 102 caught my eye when I saw the book cover. I give Cabin 102 a rating of 5 out of 5.