The Great Wide Sea

The Great Wide Sea

by M.H. Herlong


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Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother's death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. Tensions flare between Ben and his father, but they gradually learn to live together in close quarters. Then one morning the boys wake up to discover their father has disappeared—and they are lost. What happened to him? Where are they? And what will they do when a terrible storm looms on the horizon?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142416709
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 05/13/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 140,231
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

M. H. Herlong lives in New Orleans, Louisiana. The author's four sons inspired this debut novel.

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The Great Wide Sea 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Bookworm8765MC More than 1 year ago
This book was fantastic. full of thrilling storms, Heart break and family. This book kept me up all night reading! i just couldnt put it down. this book was a fantastic read and i would recommend anybody to read this book...Whether or not they were 12 or 90. it was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love how these kids go through tough times with their father. Read it on my nook and could not put it down! Read this book and rate it stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nikki Busalacchi More than 1 year ago
I read this from tne real book but then came back to read it on my Nook. Its really a page-turner. Love it!
sharmond tanner More than 1 year ago
This book was great and should be made into a movie.
Will Todd More than 1 year ago
best book ever!!!!!!!!!
Taylor Gorski More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing i would definutly recomend it to anyone it could never put this book down it was truly amzing
Brianna Kehoe More than 1 year ago
this book was amazing!!!!
alex del dago More than 1 year ago
Thiss book is a page-turner! The way the author uses details is AMAZING!!! This book is MUST-READ!!!!!!!
Cristina Ocanas More than 1 year ago
this book is so intresting it shows courage and a few words its just incredible
lyndsaykaye More than 1 year ago
The Great Wide Sea was a great book to read. I thought the way that the story was told through the eyes of the older brother Ben was excellent. This book dealt with issues that young children face everyday. It is a story of how to grieve and how to survive when life throws you curve balls. Ben and his brothers are put to the ultimate test when they have to deal with the death of their mother and then when their dad decides to uproot them and take them on a boat and turns up missing. Seeing how the boys come together to deal with the hand that life has dealt them is amazing. It would motivate any person no matter what age to pick themselves up and live life no matter what the circumstances. It was a great book! I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for school, and I felt like it was going to be a pretty good book. For the first few chapters they go to a new island, then the Dad gets tired of that island and they have to leave. Then they go to another island. It's kind of repetitive. Also (I won't spoil the book for you) something happens to the brothers at the end of the book and everything falls apart. It's pretty depressing. Maybe I just thought that because I don't like sad books, I don't know. If you think you'll like it then read it, but it's not my first pick.
marcus debaise More than 1 year ago
I read the sample ready to buy it but somethinng didnt click does anybody think i should buy this book?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is like a diamond in rough. I was enthralled by the character development and story. The relationship between these brothers is very tender and believable. The survival element is also fantastic. Absolutely terrific read...couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Written with thoughtful insight into the relationships between these three brothers, their father and their lost mother. This is also an exciting story of sailing and survival with lots of plot twists along the way. Just an all around great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An awe inspiring emotional roller coaster. I am moved at every turn. M.H. Herlong is going to be a legend.
lilibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After their mother's death, three boys leave on a year-long sailing trip with their grieving dad who just wants to get away. At the end of the year, dad decides he's not ready to go home yet, and turns the boat towards Bermuda - 900 miles of open ocean away. One morning the boys wake up, their father is no longer on the boat, and they have no idea where they are.
KarenBall on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sailing adventure and survival! Ben's father has done the unthinkable: he's sold the family home, bought a 30-foot sailboat, and anounced that Ben and his two little brothers will all be joining him on a year-long sail arond the Caribbean. Ben's mother died in a car accident recently, and the family is grieving her loss. Learning to sail and manage chores and schoolwork on a small ship is hard enough, but Ben can't get any time alone to think... none of them can. When their father announces that they will be sailing overnight to Bermuda, Ben goes to sleep expecting Dad to awaken him for the early morning watch. When he finally wakes up on his own, Dad has disappeared overboard along with the distress beacon, and they are headed into a violent storm. Survival becomes the goal, with each brother contributing what he can to help. A great story of family relationships as well as sailing and survival! 7th grade and up.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After their mother's death, Ben's dad sells the house and tells his three boys they'll be living and sailing on a boat for the year. Of course, the worst happens when Dad disappears from the boat and the boys are on their own facing an incredible storm. The brothers each have a unique set of skills which are needed in their attempt to survive. An engaging page turner.
suzanneriches on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very exciting story about three boys and their father who set sail for a year-long voyage through the Bahamas after the death of the boys' mother. The book takes many unexpected twists and turns as the voyage progresses. Grief and despair are tempered by deep family bonds and respect. Beautiful writing!
mjspear on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ben celebrates his 16th birthday... on a sailboat in the middle of the Caribbean. Let's back up: Ben's mother is killed in a random car crash. Grief-stricken and looking for a fresh start, his Dad pulls up stakes and takes Ben and his two brothers on a sailing adventure. What starts as kinda weird 'adventure' turns into a life-and-death drama. At one point, Ben and his brother are left to fend for themselves through abandonment, tropical storm, shipwreck, and disease. Ben comes to realize that he has strength and determination he never thought he possessed. This story has lots of page-turning moments as well as many heart-felt incidents -- a near classic tale of physical and emotional survival.The brothers relationship is particularly well-drawn. The Dad's stubborn and, at times, cruel actions make him not very sympathetic. The sailing terms may put off some and the 180' turn-around at the end of the books is a bit too neat -- definitely worth book-talking.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book so impressed me. The action was fast and furious yet the descriptions of setting and the characters were tremendously well drawn. I could not put it down.
cherylruth60 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this cover much better than the one shown on the right.....I have tried to "sell" this book to kids at my 7th/8th grade campus and I always have had to say - don't get discouraged by the boring cover - it's a great book! The old cover is the cover of the one in my library so I'm going to be looking for this new cover when I buy the 2nd copy for the library. The kids adore this book - a great tale of survival and family relationships.
millme on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the loss of their mother and the disappearance of their father, Ben, Dylan and Gerry must try to survive alone on an uninhabited island.Not a great ending; how were they not trying harder to be rescued?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good yarn.
MelanieNealeMN More than 1 year ago
SPOILER ALERT--I loved this book. I'd rank it up there with some of the great YA books of survival and adventure, like The Island of the Blue Dolphins, that I loved as a kid. And as an adult and a parent, I appreciated it even more than I would have then. There were a few places where I questioned the credibility of some of the details (taking an illegal speargun to the Bahamas, the fact that the dad didn't look harder for his kids, the geographical likelihood that they would have been found, etc.), but I can overlook all of these details because it was such a good story about strength, coming of age, family and love.