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The Cruise of the Arctic Star: A Voyage from San Diego to the Columbia River
     

The Cruise of the Arctic Star: A Voyage from San Diego to the Columbia River

by Scott O'Dell
 

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In The Cruise of the Arctic Star, Scott O'Dell takes a voyage up the length of the California coast in his cedar-hulled offshore cruiser named Arctic Star. With his wife Elizabeth along as skilled navigator and cook, a friend Del as cohort and deckhand, and an unpredictable hired hand named Rodney Lambert, the crew journeys up the coast and experiences first hand the

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In The Cruise of the Arctic Star, Scott O'Dell takes a voyage up the length of the California coast in his cedar-hulled offshore cruiser named Arctic Star. With his wife Elizabeth along as skilled navigator and cook, a friend Del as cohort and deckhand, and an unpredictable hired hand named Rodney Lambert, the crew journeys up the coast and experiences first hand the delights and drama of life at sea along this beautiful shoreline. Along the way, the author relates the colorful narratives of California's past through the stories of men and women like Cabrillo, Viscaino, Junipero Serra, Kate Sessions, Kit Carson, Jedediah Smith and many more. Drawing from journals of other notable visitors like Richard Henry Dana, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Francis Drake, readers are given a window into life in California hundreds of years ago.

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School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–9—O'Dell relates an account (Houghton Mifflin, 1973) of his journey up the coast of California from San Diego to the Columbia River in his boat, the Arctic Star. The boat carried the author, his wife, a friend, and a rather unreliable hired hand. Along the journey, the author recounts historical tales of the discoverers, explorers and settlers of California adventurers , such as Kit Carson and Jedediah Smith, and provides information about geography and the environment along the way. The narration also includes a great deal of information about sailing. Published 40 years ago, some of the material is dated, such as the lack of cell phones. Robert Blumenfeld narrates in a strong voice, but his failure to differentiate the factual aspects of the book from the storytelling segments is a problem. Alsok, his voicing of the dialogue is stiff. The print version is a better choice.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455858033
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
11/25/2012
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
7.12(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.

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