Shipwreck Season

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Sixteen-year-old Daniel is appalled at the prospect of spending eight months at the lifesavers' station. And yet, in the autumn of 1880, Daniel finds himself on the train to Cape Cod, where he will live among the coarse, dull surfmen and take orders from his crude, unsympathetic uncle, Captain Alder, the man in charge. At first Daniel's new life seems as comfortless and unrewarding as he had imagined, but the work is unexpectedly challenging, and to his surprise Daniel finds himself beginning to respect and ...

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Overview

Sixteen-year-old Daniel is appalled at the prospect of spending eight months at the lifesavers' station. And yet, in the autumn of 1880, Daniel finds himself on the train to Cape Cod, where he will live among the coarse, dull surfmen and take orders from his crude, unsympathetic uncle, Captain Alder, the man in charge. At first Daniel's new life seems as comfortless and unrewarding as he had imagined, but the work is unexpectedly challenging, and to his surprise Daniel finds himself beginning to respect and admire the surfmen who risk their lives to save those lost in shipwrecks off the coast. Breathtaking adventure punctuates this lively, insightful coming-of-age story. An afterword traces the history of U.S. lifesaving from its origins to the present-day Coast Guard.

In 1880, forced to work with his uncle at a lifesaving station on Cape Cod, sixteen-year-old Daniel finds himself maturing as he encounters unexpected comradeship, challenges, and danger.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-8In the 1800s, crews of surfmen patrolled the treacherous Eastern coastline of America and rescued passengers and cargo from shipwrecks. Daniel, a 16-year-old from Boston, is doing poorly in school and begins to associate with the wrong crowd. His mother sends him to live with his demanding uncle, who is the captain of one of the crews. At first, Daniel detests his new environment and feels far superior to the unrefined men who made up the crew. However, as he adjusts to his new living conditions and takes part in their drills, he learns to appreciate the men's noble qualities and eventually wants to become one of them. In addition to his lifestyle changes, Daniel must also overcome a fear of heights. He later becomes a crucial player in the competition between different crews, and he even plays Cupid in the romance of one of the crewmen. While most of the action is in the daily details, in one daring rescue episode, Daniel proves that he is growing up. The historical period is nicely captured and the portrayal of the seacoast environment is in simple, but beautiful prose. The characters are well drawn and interesting. A short history of the United States Life-Saving Service is appended.Tim Rausch, Crescent View Middle School, Sandy, UT
Kirkus Reviews
In this rousing cousin to Kipling's Captains Courageous, a teenage Boston dandy catches up on life lessons when he is consigned to a lifesaving station on Cape Cod. Furious at being forced to leave his high-living friends, Daniel arrives at isolated Perkins Hollow Station surly and arrogant, but after the boat crew's warm welcome and an invigorating taste of the work, patrolling beaches and keeping watch over the local rocks and sandbars for ships in trouble, he soon pitches in with a will. Weaving in plenty of engrossing details about 19th-century lifesaving procedures and equipment, Hill takes Daniel from a spoiled brat full of preconceived notions to a sturdily confident young man, then tests his mettle with a wild, brutal climactic rescue that leaves several of the crew injured or dead. A cast of larger-than-life characters, including a Harvard-educated descendant of Massasoit and Daniel's huge, heroic uncle Elisha, give the yarn an epic quality, and the author pays due tribute to a preĆ¾Coast Guard government service that saved thousands of lives in its time. (Fiction. 11-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395866146
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,436,169
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 670L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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