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Elizabeth WardThe novel pulses with a passion for the way things work, especially nautical things, that would do David Macaulay and Patrick O'Brian proud. Kluger obviously believes there are 10- and 12-year-olds out there who are wired the same way and isn't afraid to hit them with plugs and trunnels, keelsons and garboards, steamboxes and the intricacies of sails and riggings. Miraculously, there's not a boring sentence in the book. It could have kids all over America building boats in their backyards.
—The Washington Post