Young Adult Fiction. GHOSTS OF THE PACIFIC, the fourth volume in the best-selling SUBMARINE OUTLAW series, begins with Alfred and his crew of Seaweed the seagull and Hollie the dog undertaking a harrowing journey through the icy gauntlet of the Northwest Passage on the way to the South Pacific. Alfred wants to see those dark places of the earth where horrendous events have taken place. He sets his sights on exotic Micronesia—a beautiful place, but home to the nuclear testing of Bikini Lagoon; the Suicide Cliffs of Saipan; the airfields of Tinian, where the Enola Gay lifted off with the atomic bomb; and the Marshall Islands, which may conceal secrets to the mystery of Amelia Earhart's final days. Yet even with these past tragedies in mind, Alfred discovers that the world is facing an even greater threat today. As they sail into the hot, hazy world of the Pacific, they encounter the ruthless killing practices of shrimp trawlers and an island of plastic the size of Texas. Along the way, Alfred, Hollie and Seaweed befriend the crew of an environmental protection ship, who help to inspire him to take on a new goal: to protect the oceans of the world.
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Philip Francis Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He grew up beside the ocean, and it now features in many of the stories he writes. His university studies included music and history, but he also knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels. SUBMARINE OUTLAW, his first published novel, was the result of a lifelong fascination with submarines and a secret desire to build one. "If teens enjoy reading SUBMARINE OUTLAW half as much as I enjoyed writing it," says Philip, "I will feel very rewarded indeed."
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Some reviews of Ghosts of the Pacific: “Roy’s writing keeps getting better and better. He has a fun, original concept. Ghosts of the Pacific is a page-turning adventure with depth. Roy has done his research, and he has a brilliant plot device with which to work. Alfred is a thoughtful, practical, sympathetic narrator. The book is packed with information—geographical, historical, political—but it never feels didactic….an excellent series to have in the classroom. Suspenseful, exciting, thought-provoking and fun…for any age. Highly recommended!” –CM (Canadian Materials) Magazine “This is an award-winning series that will appeal to young readers, particularly boys who are drawn to adventure stories and the technical elements of sea travel….Readers who follow the entire series will see real growth in Alfred as a character —from a single-minded fourteen-year-old who just wants to explore to a sixteen-year-old world traveler who has learned the beauty and dangers of the sea, witnessed firsthand man’s destruction of the oceans, and pledges to do something about it by becoming an environmentalist.” —VOYA Magazine “Like a great adventure, Ghosts of the Pacific does not allow the reader the opportunity to be distracted or bored….The plot is relentless, always enriched with unexpected subplots, steeped in a multifaceted landscape of cold and warmth, hardness and softness.” —CanLit for Little Canadians “[Ghosts of the Pacific] will draw in boys as well as girls, and perhaps even reluctant readers as Roy’s writing is clean and simple while the story is gripping and full of adventure.” —Resource Links
I've read the entire Submarine Outlaw series with my children, and Ghosts of the Pacific, the fourth novel in the series, just might be our favourite. But it's hard to say, and that's because Roy's fifth book in the series (Outlaw in India) is a real contender, too. So what makes this novel so special? Well, for one thing, Philip Roy's love for animals and his concern for the environment is palpable. My kids (and I) really identify with this. And it's also filled with adventure. And history, too, lots of fascinating details about World War II. Then Roy also created this terrific character named Cinnamon, who is a trapeze artist. Cinnamon is Al's age, and she's part of a travelling (floating!) circus. My girls loved how strong and resilient Cinnamon was as a character. And then, how many world explorers get to have face-to-face encounters with polar bears, and also spend time with Inuits? (Al travels to the South Pacific vis-a-vis the Northwest Passage, so that's a really interesting part of the book, too!) This book has rightfully been nominated for the Hackamatack Award in Atlantic Canada. (Alright, it probably is my favourite in the series--but again, it's hard to say!)