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"The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in."

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie's cousin Cody isn't sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The ...

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"The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in."

Thirteen-year-old Sophie hears the sea calling, promising adventure and a chance for discovery as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. Sophie's cousin Cody isn't sure he has the strength to prove himself to the crew and to his father. Through Sophie's and Cody's travel logs, we hear stories of the past and the daily challenges of surviving at sea as The Wanderer sails toward its destination—and its passengers search for their places in the world.

Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

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Editorial Reviews

From Barnes & Noble
With Walk Two Moons, Newbery Award-winning author Sharon Creech captured the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now, she takes us on a memorable new journey, with The Wanderer. In this moving and adventure-filled novel, 13-year-old Sophie is the only girl amongst the six-person crew of The Wanderer, sailing across the Atlantic. She's eager to face the challenges of the sea, though her cousin, Cody, doesn't seem to be serious about anything. Through Sophie's and Cody's engaging travel logs, the perilous journey of these six wanderers unfolds. But for Sophie, the true journey is into her past -- as she unlocks the pain she has been hiding from herself, and discovers what it means to belong to a family.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
“Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Creech again crafts a profound tale of simultaneous inner and outer journeys.... [The Wanderer] is a multilayered tale, combining bracing, open-air adventure with personal growth, in its protagonist and in much of the strong supporting cast as well.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Like Creech's Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird, this intimate novel poetically connects journey with self-discovery. When 13-year-old Sophie learns that her three uncles and two male cousins plan to sail across the Atlantic to visit the uncles' father, Bompie, in England, she begs to go along. Despite her mother's protests and the men's misgivings, Sophie joins the "motley" crew of the 45-foot The Wanderer and soon proves herself a worthy sailor. The novel unfolds through travel logs, predominantly penned by Sophie (with intermittent musings from her clownish cousin, Cody) that trace each leg of the eventful voyage; each opens with a handsome woodblock-like print by Diaz (Smoky Night). The teens' insightful observations reveal the frailties of both the boat and its six passengers, whose fears and regrets anchor them down. Sophie, who was adopted just three years ago, proves the most complicated and mysterious of all the characters; her ambivalent feelings about the sea ("The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me... but some said I was too young and the sea was a dangerous temptress...") correlate to a repressed memory of a tragic accident. Stories Sophie tells about Bompie, as well as clever throwaway bits (such as the brothers' given names: Ulysses, Jonah and Moses), temper the novel's more serious undercurrents. Creech once again captures the ebb and flow of a vulnerable teen's emotional life, in this enticing blend of adventure and reflection. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review of this Newbery Honor book, PW wrote, "Like Walk Two Moons, this intimate novel poetically connects journey with self-discovery. Creech once again captures the ebb and flow of a vulnerable teen's emotional life, in this enticing blend of adventure and reflection." Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
KLIATT
To quote KLIATT's March 2000 review of the hardcover edition: Sophie, age 13, heads off on the adventure of a lifetime: she will spend a month crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat called The Wanderer with her three uncles and her two teenaged cousins, fusspot Brian and devil-may-care Cody... a force-10 gale hits and they barely survive the storm, but finally manage to make it to England where their grandfather Bompie now lives. On the trip, Sophie tells them stories of Bompie and his childhood escapades, in which he always nearly drowns but manages to pull through. These stories entertain but puzzle the others, because Sophie was just adopted three years ago, and she has never met Bompie... Sophie, of course, is a "wanderer" too, who has longed for years to belong to a family. Told in alternating journal entries written by Sophie and by Cody, this is an exciting and touching story of adventure on the high seas and of emotional discoveries. Life on the sailboat is described in careful detail, and the six on board realistically have their squabbles and their differences. The terror of the gale is particularly convincing, reminiscent of The Perfect Storm. Fanciful b/w drawings, resembling woodcuts, decorate each chapter opening. As in Walk Two Moons, Creech's Newbery Medal-winning novel, an important theme here is coping with loss, and the power of stories to help us deal with grief. The ending is full of hope, and readers will empathize with both Sophie and Cody as they survive their ordeal at sea and strive for understanding of themselves and others. (Editor's note: A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults, among other honors.) KLIATTCodes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2000, HarperTrophy, 306p. illus.,
— Paula Rohrlick
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech's latest novel is a multi-layered story that encompasses family drama, mystery and intrigue, and death defying sea adventure. It is also a touching coming of age saga about a girl coming to terms with grief. Thirteen-year-old Sophie is determined to join her three uncles and two cousins on a transatlantic journey aboard the 45-foot sailboat, The Wanderer. Sophie's grandfather, Bompie, awaits the family in England. During their journey, Sophie engages her travel companions with stories from Bompie's childhood. Sophie's anecdotes about Bompie ring true but they have the family puzzled. Sophie has never even met her grandfather--she is an orphan and has only been in the family for a few years. But there is no time to ponder such mysteries--the wave of Sophie's worst nightmare batters the sailboat and for some time the family's very survival is in doubt. The novel is related through the journal entries of Sophie and her thirteen-year-old cousin, Cody, a device that proves to be extremely effective. When the family finally reaches its destination, Sophie is able to gain closure from the tragic events of her early childhood. 2000, Joanna Cotler Books/HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12, $15.95. Reviewer: Christopher Moning
From The Critics
"The sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in." Thirteen-year-old Sophie has begged her way aboard The Wanderer, Uncle Dock's 45-foot sailboat, for a voyage from Connecticut across the Atlantic Ocean to England and her grandfather, Bompie. It will be a dangerous voyage, but Sophie welcomes the challenge. She is a seasoned sailor whose seafaring skills match those of her three uncles and two cousins. The inevitable friction between close relatives in close quarters adds spark to the tale as these sailors face a storm that almost sinks their boat. They wonder if they'll live to see land again. Each character in this story comes to life on the pages. The perils and mysteries of the sea are so realistically presented that readers will feel the wind, hear the snap of the sails, and taste the salt spray as they find themselves intrigued by the mysterious Sophie herself. Why does she deny being an orphan? How can she know personally told tales from a grandfather she has never met? What happened to her parents? Newbery Medal winner for Walk Two Moons (HarperCollins, 1994), Sharon Creech, presents answers to these questions slowly and obliquely through logbook entries written by Sophie and her "dangerously charming" cousin, Cody. David Diaz's ink drawings at the chapter headings help pull the reader into the swirling sea scenes. Through words and pictures, readers come to understand and appreciate Sophie's love/hate relationship with the sea as her inner thoughts touch on profound ideas that readers can ponder as they relate her life to their own. Out here, there isn't day and night and then a new day. Instead, there are degrees of light and dark, mergingand changing. It's like one long stream of time unfolding in front of you, all around you . . . maybe people never die, but simply live on and on, leaving other planes behind . . . maybe we're not each just one person, but many people existing on millions of different planes . . .Sophie and the sailing ship are both wanderers in this story of adventure, courage and personal growth. The invitation is there for readers to test their own mettle by joining them. 2000, Harper Collins, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Dorothy Francis — The Five Owls, May/June 2000 (Vol. 14 No. 5)
VOYA
Thirteenyearold Sophie joins three uncles and two male cousins for a sailing trip from New England to the British Isles. Their story is told through journal entries from both Sophie and her cousin Cody. On the surface, this novel seems to be a story of siX people learning to get along in small quarters despite personality differences and a variety of skill levels, but Creech tells another story here as well. By the siXth chapter, when we see Cody's first journal entry, we learn that Sophie was adopted into the family only three years before, even though she talks as if she always has been a member. Sophie's difficulty dealing with the death of her natural parents creates some tension with the other members of the crew. These emotional components of the story are as suspenseful and dramatic as the sea voyage itself. Both stories are told in an understated style with humor, making this novel rise above other adventure stories or angstridden tales of loss and acceptance. It will appeal to readers with many different tastes. Physically, the book also is of the highest quality, with small line drawings by Diaz heading each chapter. The Wanderer belongs in every young adult collection. PLB $15.89. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2000, HarperCollins, 288p, $15.95. Ages 12 to 15. Reviewer: Alice F. Stern

SOURCE: VOYA, December 2000 (Vol. 23, No. 5) <%ISBN%> 0060277300

School Library Journal
Gr 3 Up-In this delightful collection of songs and stories, storyteller Diane Ferlatte is accompanied by Erik Pearson on banjo and guitar and by students from the Meadows Livingstone School in San Francisco. Some of the numbers are just plain fun like "The Word the Devil Made Up." "Donkey and the Lion Skin" relates a personal experience, and "Dog, Dog" is a flashback to social customs in the old south when Ferlatte's mother was a child. "The Talking Eggs," one of the longer selections, is sure to entertain youngsters who have read the African-American folktale. "Thank you M'am," a short story by Langston Hughes, is skillfully rendered, but there is one mistake. The woman's name is Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones. Other stories include "Feed My Cow," "The Talking Skull," "Juba," and "Hambone." The overall aural quality of the CD is excellent. Ferlatte has a pleasant voice that is particularly well suited for storytelling and singing. Listeners will enjoy these stories that touch on the importance of respect, honesty, caring, and sharing.-Shelia Brown, Normandy School District, St. Louis, MO Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Enicia Fisher
This inviting book will encourage the readers in your crew to take and early plunge into their summer reading.
The Christian Science Monitor
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Sophie is a quietly luminous heroine, and readers will rejoice in her voyage.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064410328
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 59,177
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 830L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharon Creech

Sharon Creech is the author of the Newbery Medal winner Walk Two Moons and the Newbery Honor Book The Wanderer. Her other work includes the novels The Great Unexpected, The Unfinished Angel, Hate That Cat, The Castle Corona, Replay, Heartbeat, Granny Torrelli Makes Soup, Ruby Holler, Love That Dog, Bloomability, Absolutely Normal Chaos, Chasing Redbird, and Pleasing the Ghost, as well as three picture books: A Fine, Fine School; Fishing in the Air; and Who's That Baby? Ms. Creech and her husband live in Maine.

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including smoky night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Me, Frida by Amy Novesky, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. Mr. Diaz lives in Southern California.

Good To Know

In her interview with Barnes & Noble.com, Creech shared some fun facts about herself:

"One of my most interesting jobs was in graduate school, working with the Federal Theatre Project archives (a Library of Congress collection, then based at George Mason University). I catalogued original illustrations for set and costume designs, some by Orson Welles. It was fascinating work!"

"I once fell 20 feet from a tree, was knocked unconscious, and when I picked myself up and straggled home, my parents thought I was making it up. However, when my brother and I fabricated a story about an encounter with a bear, they believed that! So maybe I learned very early on that fiction was more interesting to listeners!"

"As readers can probably tell from my books, I love the outdoors. I love to hike, kayak, and swim. I also love to read (which is probably not a surprise) and I love the theater and art museums. I especially love all the instruments of art: inks, pens, paintbrushes, watercolors and oils, fine papers and canvases, and although I love to mess around with these tools and objects, I have minimal artistic skills."

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    1. Hometown:
      Pennington, New Jersey
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 29, 1945
    2. Place of Birth:
      Cleveland, Ohio
    1. Education:
      B.A., Hiram College, 1967; M.A., George Mason University, 1978

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The Wanderer

Chapter One

The Sea

The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.

And in I went, floating, rolling, splashing, swimming, and the sea called, Come out, come out, and further I went but always it swept me back to shore.

And still the sea called, Come out, come out, and in boats I went'in rowboats and dinghies and motorboats, and after I learned to sail, I flew over the water, with only the sounds of the wind and the water and the birds, all of them calling, Sail on, sail on.

And what I wanted to do was go on and on, across the sea, alone with the water and the wind and the birds, but some said I was too young and the sea was a dangerous temptress, and at night I dreamed a terrible dream. A wall of water, towering, black, crept up behind me and hovered over me and then down, down it came, but always I awoke before the water covered me, and always I felt as if I were floating when I woke up.

Chapter Two

Three Sides

I am not always such a dreamy girl, listening to the sea calling me. My father calls me Three-sided Sophie: one side is dreamy and romantic; one is logical and down-to-earth; and the third side is hardheaded and impulsive. He says I am either in dreamland or earthland or mule-land, and if I ever get the three together, I'll be all set, though I wonder where I will be then. If I'm not in dreamland or earthland or mule-land, where will I be?

My father says my logical side is most like him, and the dreamy side most like my mother, which isn't entirely fair, I don't think. Myfather likes to think of himself as a logical man, but he is the one who pores over pictures of exotic lands and says things like "We should go on a safari!" and "We should zip through the air in a hot-air balloon!"

And although my mother is a weaver and spins silky cloths and wears flowing dresses, she is the one who gives me sailing textbooks and makes me study water safety and weather prediction and says things like "Yes, Sophie, I taught you to sail, but that doesn't mean I like the idea of you being out there alone on the water. I want you to stay home. Here. With me. Safe."

My father says he doesn't know who my hardheaded mule side resembles. He says mules don't run in the family.

I am thirteen, and I am going to sail across the ocean. Although I would like to go alone -- alone! alone! flying over the water! -- I'm not. My mule-self begged a place aboard a forty-five-foot sailboat with a motley crew: three uncles and two cousins. The uncles -- Stew, Mo, and Dock -- are my mother's brothers, and she told them, "If the slightest harm comes to my Sophie, I'll string you all up by your toes."

She isn't worried (although maybe she should be) about the influence of my cousin Brian -- quiet, studious, serious Brian -- but she frets over the bad habits I might learn from my other cousin, Cody. Cody is loud, impulsive, and charming in a way my mother does not trust. "He's too charming," she says, "in a dangerous sort of way."

My mother isn't the only person who is not thrilled for me to take this trip. My uncles Stew and Mo tried their best to talk me out of it. "It's going to be a bunch of us guys, doing guy things, and it wouldn't be a very pleasant place for a girl," and "Wouldn't you rather stay home, Sophie, where you could have a shower every day?" and "It's a lot of hard work," and yakkety-yak they went. But I was determined to go, and my mule-self kicked in, spouting a slew of sailing and weather terms, battering them over the head with all the things I'd learned in my sailing books, and with some things I'd made up, for good measure.

Uncle Dock -- the good uncle, I call him, because he's the one who doesn't see any harm in my coming -- said, "Heck, she knows more about boats than Brian and Cody put together," and so they caved in.

There are two other reasons my mother has not tied me to my bed and refused to let me go. The first is that Uncle Dock gave her an extensive list of the safety provisions aboard the boat, which include a satellite navigator, the Global Positioning System. The second reason, not a very logical one, but one that somehow comforts my mother, is that Bompie is on the other side of the ocean. We will end up in Bompie's arms, and she wishes she could join us just for that moment.

Bompie is my grandfather -- my mother's father, and also Uncle Dock, Stew, and Mo's father -- and he lived with my parents for many years. He is like a third parent and I love him because he is so like me. He is a man of three sides, like me, and he knows what I am thinking without my having to say it. He is a sweet man with a honey tongue and he is a teller of tales.

At the age of seventy-two, Bompie decided to go home. I thought he was already in his home, but what he meant by home was the place where he was born, and that place was "the rolling green hills of England."

My father was wrong about mules not running in the family. When Bompie decided to return to England, nothing was going to stop him. He made up his mind and that was that, and off he went.

Bye-bye, Bompie.

The Wanderer. Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Table of Contents

I. Preparations
1. The Sea 15
2. Three Sides 17
3. Slow Time 21
4. The Big Baby 25
II. Shakedown
5. Afloat 35
6. Slugs and Bananas 40
7. Wildlife 42
8. The Dolt and the Orphan 46
9. Beheading 50
10. Ahoy 56
11. Juggling 58
12. Blah-blah-blah 63
13. Shakedown 64
14. Bompie and the Car 70
III. The Island
15. Grand Manan 75
16. Stranded 80
17. Tradition 82
18. Bompie and the Train 89
19. Wood Island 95
20. The Little Kid 103
21. The Baptism 107
22. Bompie and the Pastor 112
IV. Under Way
23. Whoosh! 119
24. Oranges and Pizza 125
25. Fired 127
26. Code 130
27. Insurance 132
28. Charlie-Oscar-Delta-Yankee 136
29. Blips 139
30. Knots 148
31. Rosalie 150
32. Bompie and the Swimming Hole 157
33. Life 162
34. Little Kid Nightmares 167
35. The Blue Bopper 170
V. Wind and Waves
36. Bouncing 181
37. Wind 182
38. Howling 184
39. Bobbing 185
40. No Time 188
41. Surfing 189
42. Battling 193
43. Weary 194
44. The Son 195
45. Alone 196
46. Bompie at the Ocean 197
47. Force Ten 200
48. Night 202
49. Spinning 204
50. The Wave 208
51. Limping 213
52. Jumbled 214
53. Bompie and His Father 217
54. Mr. Fix-it 219
55. Wet 221
56. Useful 223
57. Thinking 226
58. Little Kid: Push and Pull 227
59. New Dreams 230
60. Questions 235
VI. Land
61. Ahoy Ahoy 241
62. Land 244
63. Bursting 246
64. New Body 249
65. Push-Pull 251
66. The Visitor 253
67. Phone Calls 255
68. Wales 258
69. The Little Girl 260
70. The Castle 266
71. The Cottage 267
72. Bompie 269
73. The Story 272
74. Apples 278
75. Oh, Rosalie! 282
76. Gifts 286
77. Remembering 290
78. Home 294
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First Chapter

The Wanderer (rack)

Chapter One

The Sea

The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in.

And in I went, floating, rolling, splashing, swimming, and the sea called, Come out, come out, and further I went but always it swept me back to shore.

And still the sea called, Come out, come out, and in boats I went'in rowboats and dinghies and motorboats, and after I learned to sail, I flew over the water, with only the sounds of the wind and the water and the birds, all of them calling, Sail on, sail on.

And what I wanted to do was go on and on, across the sea, alone with the water and the wind and the birds, but some said I was too young and the sea was a dangerous temptress, and at night I dreamed a terrible dream. A wall of water, towering, black, crept up behind me and hovered over me and then down, down it came, but always I awoke before the water covered me, and always I felt as if I were floating when I woke up.

Chapter Two

Three Sides

I am not always such a dreamy girl, listening to the sea calling me. My father calls me Three-sided Sophie: one side is dreamy and romantic; one is logical and down-to-earth; and the third side is hardheaded and impulsive. He says I am either in dreamland or earthland or mule-land, and if I ever get the three together, I'll be all set, though I wonder where I will be then. If I'm not in dreamland or earthland or mule-land, where will I be?

My father says my logical side is most like him, and the dreamy side most like my mother, which isn't entirely fair, I don't think. My father likes to think of himself as a logical man, but he is the one who pores over pictures of exotic lands and says things like "We should go on a safari!" and "We should zip through the air in a hot-air balloon!"

And although my mother is a weaver and spins silky cloths and wears flowing dresses, she is the one who gives me sailing textbooks and makes me study water safety and weather prediction and says things like "Yes, Sophie, I taught you to sail, but that doesn't mean I like the idea of you being out there alone on the water. I want you to stay home. Here. With me. Safe."

My father says he doesn't know who my hardheaded mule side resembles. He says mules don't run in the family.

I am thirteen, and I am going to sail across the ocean. Although I would like to go alone -- alone! alone! flying over the water! -- I'm not. My mule-self begged a place aboard a forty-five-foot sailboat with a motley crew: three uncles and two cousins. The uncles -- Stew, Mo, and Dock -- are my mother's brothers, and she told them, "If the slightest harm comes to my Sophie, I'll string you all up by your toes."

She isn't worried (although maybe she should be) about the influence of my cousin Brian -- quiet, studious, serious Brian -- but she frets over the bad habits I might learn from my other cousin, Cody. Cody is loud, impulsive, and charming in a way my mother does not trust. "He's too charming," she says, "in a dangerous sort of way."

My mother isn't the only person who is not thrilled for me to take this trip. My uncles Stew and Mo tried their best to talk me out of it. "It's going to be a bunch of us guys, doing guy things, and it wouldn't be a very pleasant place for a girl," and "Wouldn't you rather stay home, Sophie, where you could have a shower every day?" and "It's a lot of hard work," and yakkety-yak they went. But I was determined to go, and my mule-self kicked in, spouting a slew of sailing and weather terms, battering them over the head with all the things I'd learned in my sailing books, and with some things I'd made up, for good measure.

Uncle Dock -- the good uncle, I call him, because he's the one who doesn't see any harm in my coming -- said, "Heck, she knows more about boats than Brian and Cody put together," and so they caved in.

There are two other reasons my mother has not tied me to my bed and refused to let me go. The first is that Uncle Dock gave her an extensive list of the safety provisions aboard the boat, which include a satellite navigator, the Global Positioning System. The second reason, not a very logical one, but one that somehow comforts my mother, is that Bompie is on the other side of the ocean. We will end up in Bompie's arms, and she wishes she could join us just for that moment.

Bompie is my grandfather -- my mother's father, and also Uncle Dock, Stew, and Mo's father -- and he lived with my parents for many years. He is like a third parent and I love him because he is so like me. He is a man of three sides, like me, and he knows what I am thinking without my having to say it. He is a sweet man with a honey tongue and he is a teller of tales.

At the age of seventy-two, Bompie decided to go home. I thought he was already in his home, but what he meant by home was the place where he was born, and that place was "the rolling green hills of England."

My father was wrong about mules not running in the family. When Bompie decided to return to England, nothing was going to stop him. He made up his mind and that was that, and off he went.

Bye-bye, Bompie.

The Wanderer (rack). Copyright © by Sharon Creech. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Interviews & Essays

Barnes & Noble.com Interviews Sharon Creech

With Walk Two Moons, Newbery Award-winning author Sharon Creech captured the hearts and imaginations of readers everywhere. Now she takes us on a memorable new journey with The Wanderer. In this novel, 13-year-old Sophie is the only girl among the six-person crew of The Wanderer, sailing across the Atlantic. She's eager to face the challenges of the sea, but her goofball cousin, Cody, doesn't seem to be serious about anything. Through Sophie's and Cody's engaging travel logs, the perilous journey of these six wanderers unfolds. But for Sophie, the true journey is into her past -- as she unlocks the pain she has been hiding from herself and discovers what it means to belong to a family. Jamie Levine of Barnes & Noble.com spoke to Sharon Creech and found out more about The Wanderer, her work, and her family life.

Barnes & Noble.com: Did you want to be a writer when you were growing up?

Sharon Creech: A writer was one of the things I wanted to be. I think like a lot of kids, I changed my mind about every six months. I wanted to be a singer, and an ice skater...and the closest thing to being a writer I wanted was to be a reporter. Because I thought that's what writing was. My brothers and I would interview people in my neighborhood for our own made-up newspapers, but often I didn't like their answers, so I would change them. I realized later, maybe when I was in middle school or high school, that there was this thing called fiction where you could change the facts of the story. I think that's when I really became interested in fiction -- really in college, when I studied good stories.

B&N.com: The dedication in The Wanderer is "For my daughter, Karin, who journeyed across the ocean and who inspired this story. From the mother who worried while you were gone." Tell me about that.

SC: My daughter is an amazing person. She does all the things that I am not brave enough to do. When she graduated from college, she and six of her friends -- all male -- sailed across the ocean, from Connecticut to Ireland, as a sort of celebratory "we-finished-college" trip. I was terrified when she set off on this trip -- it meant three weeks without being able to call her and check on her -- but she kept reassuring me, "Mom -- don't worry, everything's going to be fine." And she was going to keep a journal of the trip, and she said she'd share it with me when she got back. So about 12 days into their journey, I got a phone call that had been relayed from a ham-radio operator saying that they were fine, they were about halfway across, and there were no problems. So I relaxed a bit. And then another two weeks went by, and I finally got a call from Karin in Ireland, and she was just breathless and she said, "Mom -- we almost died!" Oh -- I was just shattered! So when I finally did hook up with her again, and she gave me her journal, it was just fascinating to read this story of living on a boat and then encountering a terrible storm that ripped the booms and the sails and knocked out their communications equipment. There were several days there when they didn't think they were going to make it. So ever since I read her journal, I've been wanting to sort of fictionalize that trip -- take characters on that same geographical journey and have them encounter a storm. That's really what The Wanderer came out of.

B&N.com: So you have no familiarity with sailing, yourself?

SC: Well, I do have a little bit. I have sailed, and I did take a course in sailing right before I started writing this book. I can sail on a lake or a river, but I would never, ever attempt the ocean!

B&N.com: Many of your characters -- including Sophie in The Wanderer -- spend a lot of time with their extended families. What was your family life like when you were growing up?

SC: It was very much like that -- extended families. I spent a lot of time with grandparents and aunts and uncles, and my father was from a really big family. Most of them lived in southern Ohio and Kentucky, and when they would come up to visit, it wasn't just two people coming, it was maybe eight people. And they would stay for several weeks. There were always people like that around me. I think that when I start developing a character, I naturally begin thinking, "What's the family like?" Actually, when I wrote Walk Two Moons, I was trying to create an opposite of my family -- just a single child in a family, whereas there are five kids in mine. But then almost immediately, I had to snare in the grandparents, because I couldn't identify with just one child, two parents, no extended family. So I think that just naturally comes up in every book I write.

B&N.com: So many of your stories are about teenage girls on journeys of discovery, dealing with difficult issues like loss and abandonment. Is there any particular reason why you keep returning to this theme?

SC: I thought about this after writing Walk Two Moons, because I was very puzzled when people started asking me this. I wrote Walk Two Moons right after my daughter went away to college. We were living in Europe, and she returned to the States. I'd encouraged her to do this, because she hadn't lived around Americans since she was seven years old, and yet I was practically in mourning when she left; I could hardly bear it. What I did in the story is that I turned it, flipped it, so that it wasn't the mother writing about the daughter who goes away; it was the daughter writing about the mother who goes away. And I wasn't doing that consciously. I think I was just exploring the idea of "How do you deal with the fact that someone you love is gone?" And that's just the form that it took.

When I try to put myself in the mind of a 13-year-old, it seems to me that one of the things I keep coming back to, what they're all sorting out that's universal, is "Who am I?" You don't question that when you're very young -- you're just part of a family, part of a unit. But there comes that point at age 10, 11, 12, 13, where you start trying to be like your friends, trying on all these different identities, and trying to figure out, "What am I going to be? What am I going to be like?" I think that's so interesting. It's such fertile ground for stories.

B&N.com: The Wanderer is told through the travel logs of two cousins -- a boy and a girl. Was it difficult writing in a boy's voice for a change?

SC: No. It was kind of fun. I have three brothers, and I have grown up more around boys than girls, so that's where it comes pretty easy for me. And I like the personalities of my brothers. They're very funny people. I mean, there's a serious tone to them, but they like humor. So it's nice to kind of pull from boys like that.

B&N.com: Do you have a favorite book you've written? Is there a character with whom you most identify?

SC: I know that most people expect me to say Walk Two Moons is my favorite, and it does have this special life all its own because of the Newbery, but it's sort of like if you had five children and someone said, "Which is your favorite?" You can't do it -- you can't choose. They're all so different, and there's this love that went into making each one of them. And as far as my characters, I think if you took the main character in each book and maybe the secondary character and put them all together, that would be me. Like in Walk Two Moons, Salamanca has a very lyrical voice, she's very calm, and yet there's a humorous edge to her. And Phoebe is this sort of wacky, off-the-wall, yackity person. But I'm like both of them at different times.

B&N.com: What kind of advice would you give to kids who say they want to be authors?

SC: Continue to read a lot and write a lot -- all different kinds of stuff, like plays, poems, and short stories -- and just experiment with different things. Kids shouldn't expect to have the whole story in their head before they begin. I think that's what scares so many people [away] from writing. But if you just start out with a person and a place and start thinking "Who do they know?" or "What would happen to them? What are they like?", if you just start describing all that, then the story will come. And it's OK to stop something and put it away for a couple of weeks and then go back to it. I think that's reassuring to a lot of children.

B&N.com: I recently spoke to Chris Raschka, and he told me you have a picture book coming out in the fall (which he illustrated). Tell me about that project.

SC: It's been the most fascinating process. I've never done a picture book before. I had given a talk somewhere, and in this talk, I told a story about going with my father when I was young to look for the house he was born in. We couldn't find the house, and later we went fishing, and while we were fishing, I sort of re-created the house in my mind. I could remember vividly this picture, this image, and after I gave this talk, one of the editors from HarperCollins said, "Have you ever thought of doing a picture book? Because it seems like that might make a great picture book story." So that's how I came to write Fishing in the Air. And it was about that time that I had met Chris Raschka at another conference where we were both speaking. He's so amazing, and I just remember thinking, "His brain is so incredible -- I want to work with that person!" When I turned the manuscript in to the editor, one of the first people she suggested as an illustrator was Chris Raschka, and I said, "Please, yes!" So he took on the project.

The book is about a father and a son, and they go fishing, and they're not just fishing for fish; the more important thing is that the father is transferring things in his imagination to the kid's imagination -- sort of like how we learn how to see the world through other people, like our parents. But most of the action in the book is mental -- the kid imagining things. And I'm sure that was one of the challenges for Chris -- how to illustrate that. But he has done this amazing thing where the book becomes very active in the middle -- just through the line and the way the characters are swirling around the page -- and he's been able to portray, visually, this action of the imagination. I think he's done a brilliant job.

B&N.com: What else are you working on now?

SC: I've just finished the fourth draft of a book called Ruby Holler. That's a name of a place in Kentucky. It's like a Bybanks kind of place -- but further out in the country. It's sort of weird how that book came about. It came from one line in a letter my aunt wrote to me. She was telling me a story about when my father was younger and she said, "I think that was when we lived in the Holler." And I thought, "They lived in the Holler? What Holler?" And then several months ago...some of my relatives have a family web site, and one of the pictures that somebody posted was the house in the Holler. And to me, it was just so terrific -- it's a falling-down cabin, and this great, big, huge family lived there for a time, probably during the Depression. I just had to write about this place. And out of that came this story of two kids -- a boy and a girl -- who hook up with an elderly pair, a grandparent-like man and woman. And the kids are very rough-edged and rambunctious, and the older people have this very humanizing effect on them -- and the place, the Holler, has this effect, a sort of tranquilizing effect, too.

B&N.com: What are some of your favorite children's books?

SC: Actually, I hadn't read very many before I received the Newbery. It was sort of like I came in through the back door to children's literature. I had studied and taught classic adult literature, and when I wrote Absolutely Normal Chaos,, which was about a 13-year-old, it was my agent who said, "You know I think that's a children's book." So I thought I'd better find out about children's books! And after Walk Two Moons received the Newbery, I thought, I really have to go back and read some of this stuff, because people were always asking me about my favorite children's books and authors. And I didn't know any. But now I have lots of favorites. Like Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's Shiloh. Christopher Paul Curtis's books; I especially liked his first one, The Watsons Go to Birmingham. I like Patricia MacLachlan's Sarah, Plain and Tall. It's such a simple gem of a book. Katherine Paterson's books -- anything she's written I like. And Gail Carson Levine. I especially like Ella Enchanted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Awesome

    This book is my favorite book its so awesome there is lots of adventure in this book if you like adventires this is a great book for you even if you dont like adventures you will still like it because its the best book in the entire universe
    Jenni(cupcake)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    The Wanderer

    An amazing beautiful story! I expected nothing less from the legendary Sharon Creech! -Kiran

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    READ!!!

    great read with 2 interesting povs! Cleaverly written! U MUST READ IT!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 15, 2010

    I highly recommend this book- Great author!

    Do you think a voyage with all boys would be fun? It may not be in Sophie's point of view. Sophie, Brian, Cody, Uncle Dock, Uncle Mo, and Uncle Stew go on a dangerous voyage across the ocean on a boat to England to find Bompie (Ulysses) who is the grandpa of Sophie, Brian, and Cody, and the father of Uncle Mo, Dock, and Stew. On their way, they are taking rest stops by Uncle Dock's command. No one else knows why, but really Dock is trying to find his love Rosalie. They also find out new things about each other, and they learn new skills, such as helping each other survive on their voyage, and they also learned juggling and Delta Code. Everyone, especially Brian, is wondering what happened to Sophie's real parents and if the stories she is telling about Bompie are true.


    We rated this story a 4 out of 5 because it has a lot of adventure, detail, and it is suspenseful. You will not want to put this book down! It is a perfect level book for middle schoolers. We recommend reading this book because we really liked it, and I am sure you would too! Sharon Creech is a great author! Read this book as soon as possible. You don't know what you are missing!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Oh my gosh!!!!!

    This book i read in my class and i loved it! The adventurous book is told through 2 diaries. THIS BOOK IS AMAZING YOU MUST PUT DOWN YOUR OTHER BOOK THAT YOU ARE READING RIGHT NOWAND READ THIS ONE INSTEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Hi

    I w"ll defnitaly get! :) -Crystal

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    The Wanderer is a very great book. The setting is not one place

    The Wanderer is a very great book. The setting is not one place throughout the book, but a few places like the ocean. It is about a girl named Sophie. She loves boats and the seas. Her and her Uncle Dock, Mo, Brian, Cody, and Uncle Stew go on an amazing trip to see her &quot;Bompie.&quot; Bompie is Sophie's grandfather. He lives in Grand Manan by himself ever since his wife died. My favorite part is when her and Cody go to a mysterious Island where there is to be a ghost. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting, wanting more.The conflict in this story is that Sophie can't remember her family past and just wants to learn more. Even though shes just with men trapped on a boat she still shows women can do things just as well as anyone could do. I would recommenced this book to anyone one who likes boats, or adventures, because this has had to been my favorite adventure book. So, go out there and read, &quot;The Wanderer&quot;, By Sharon Creech.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    Very Good Book

    An amazing story lie, mysterious characters, and a slight sence of humor makes Sharon Creech's The Wanderer a mysterious and passionate novel i will never forget. The characters were all belivable. What i like most about them is how they all have a secret to them. It keeps the story interesting and entertaining. The setting is also real and belivable. The theme was brilliant. i would recommend this book to middle school kids because theyd enjoy the dramatic turns in the story.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Great

    I luv this book and sailing

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    A Really Cool Book By A Really Great Author!

    THE WANDERER This book is about a gilr named Sophie. The sea is calling her, and suddenly she knows she has to go with her three uncles and two cousins on the boat Uncle Dock is building. Her Mom thinks it will be too dangerous, but does Sophie care? Nope, she goes anyway. Her bratty cousin Brian is making lists of every possible thing you could think of, and her cousin Cody, (who is okay) is always goofing off at serious times. Sophie hopes she can make it across the sea with these five boys and great adventures. I think anyone would like this book who is interested in books with really good descripiton. It is a really good book because it is about a girl who has a lot of adventures with her cousins and feels bad because she is with a lot of boys. I like this because I can relate to it because I am the only girl in the family so I like someone else to know what the expierience is like to be stuck between so many crazy boys! I love this book. Anyone considering reading it, READ IT!!!!!! Ü Smile when you read the book! Ü

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2014

    The Wanderer is awesome!!!!!!!!!!

    I have the book ar home and at my school but why is there so many chapters in the book? :-):-):-);-);-)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I love it

    This is on of Sharon Creech best book! Woderful story about adventure. I felt like I was in the book. So many wonderful characters and very good events.

    This book was one of my favorites about adventure. This book is recomended for fourth graders and up. :) engoy the book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    Wonderful coming of age story for girls

    I read this book in my book club, and then purchased it for my daughter to read when she was old enough to deal with the content. It is a wonderfully written story, vivid imagery, great characterization and a satisfying conclusion. Great for adults as well as children 10+ I'd recommend. Sharon Creech has never let us down. A favorite author in our household. Also B&N - your service is exemplary, and I will never order books from another site, or shop at another store - you deserve all the business.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Amazing Book

    Best book i have ever read!!!! You will not regret buying it! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    Great book

    This book has a lot of pages but are short you connect with the characters and your mind gets castded away with the stoy its anenjoyable read and i recomend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2013

    More stars

    OH MY GOD THIS BOOK MADE ME CRY IT IS SO MOVING GI SAVE UP ENOUGH MONEY TO BUT THIS BOOK AND BUT IT ASAP NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Coolio

    It is pretty cool but i am going to put 4 stars because sophies uncle stew is all about a girl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    A review

    Ok. Umm.....wow. I read rhis book in fifth grade. I actually DO recommend this. You can connect with Sophie an her life actually had depth. As an orphan whose parents died on a ship I can't believe she ad the courage to do this. I also loved Cody.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2013

    I love this book

    I love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    I read this book more than 10 years ago when I was teaching fth

    I read this book more than 10 years ago when I was teaching fth grade.  Fantastic adventure story for both boys and girls.  As we read the story, the class learned to juggle, use the military code system, etc.  Wonderful family story.  One cannot go wrong with Sharon Creech, but this is one of her best.

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