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VOYASteeped in Viking lore, this novel is an adventure story in the tradition of seafaring stories inspired by the success of Pirates of the Caribbean. Young Finn, a poet, is left at home while his brothers and father go to explore the "Wineland" (Newfoundland). After a year, they have still not returned, but Leif Ericsson, aka "Leif the Lucky," and his crew arrive aboard the Sea Sword. Finn is soon discovered as a stowaway on Leif's ship and made a deckhand, despite the belief that stowaways bring bad luck. After many adventures and some seasickness, Finn realizes that "sea monsters weren't what he had to fear. It was the sea itself." When Leif and his crew reach their destination, Finn is dismayed to find the wreckage of his father's boat, but his journey is not yet over. Young teen readers will understand Finn's need to find his father and enjoy taking this journey of exploration with him. Moodie has seafaring experience and has previously written seafaring tales for an adult audience, including a collection of short stories titled A Sailor's Valentine (St. Martin's, 1994). A brief map outlining the Viking voyages to North America circa 1000 AD is included. Unfortunately there is no historical note to give readers more information about the real Leif Ericsson or further reading on the subject, although this information is very briefly touched upon in an author's note. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2005, Roaring Brook, 165p., Ages 11 to 15.