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Children's LiteratureGary Paulsen is an author of many children's books, and a Newbery Honor winner. He writes mainly adventure stories, books on fishing, hunting and outdoor sports. In this book, Paulsen writes about his love of the water and his experience on a maiden voyage on the Pacific ocean. Although he had never sailed on the ocean nor knew much about boats or the sea, he wanted to experience first-hand traveling over the water from Acapulco, Mexico to Vancouver, Canada and beyond and back to Mexico. Paulsen writes about fighting sea storms, getting lost at sea, and being humbled by the sea. He wonders why he has ever taken on such an adventure because he knew so little about the power of the ocean. Still, Paulslen prevails even after battling storm and storm, wondering if he would survive his ocean journey. When he does, he vows to take another journey, maybe around Cape Horn. Author Paulsen has the talent for bringing the reader into his adventures, tasting and feeling the sea, shivering with cold, muscles aching from trying to keep the boat afloat. This is a short book of 103 pages, but it is packed with lots of action and adventure. 2001, Dell Laurel-Leaf, Ages 10 up.
— Della A. Yannuzzi