The Voyage of the Frog

The Voyage of the Frog

by Gary Paulsen

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Slowly, David opened his eyes and looked around the horizon, wincing again with the new movement. There was nothing sticking above the water as far as he could see. He was alone.

Fourteen-year-old David Alspeth intended only to fulfill his uncle's last wish when he set sail in the Frog, but when a savage storm slams the tiny sailboat, David is stranded. No wind. No radio. Little water. Seven cans of food. And the storm is just the first challenge David must face... An American Association Best Book for Young Adults

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780833562111
Publisher: Demco Media
Publication date: 10/28/1990
Product dimensions: 5.14(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Gary Paulsen has written more than 175 books and some 200 articles and short stories for children and adults. He is considered one of the most important writers for young adults today. Three of his novels - HATCHET, DOGSONG, and THE WINTER ROOM - were Newbery Honor books, and his works frequently appear on the best books lists of the American Library Association.
Mr. Paulsen and his wife, Ruth Wright Paulsen, an artist who has illustrated several of his books, divide their time between their home in New Mexico, a boat in the Pacific, and adventures in the wilderness.

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Voyage of The Frog 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SadieReads on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Voyage of the Frog is the adventure of David, a fourteen-year-old boy who gets lost at sea when he takes his departed uncle's sailboat, The Frog, out to scatter his remains. Not long after laying his uncle to rest, David finds himself in the middle of a savage storm that knocks him unconscious and sails the boat hundreds of miles from the Ventura port. While out to sea, David faces becalmed waters, sharks, whales, and the fear of running out of food and drinking water. Things turn around once the wind picks up again and David is able to attempt to sail home. A smaller storm hits again, but David and The Frog fare better, and David realizes that he has sailed all the way to Baja. Finally knowing where he is, David once again sets sail for home. He meets up with a whale research ship that offers to take him home, but David refuses to leave The Frog. As the story ends, we lave David on the ocean, making his final approach home.Having read Hatchet to my students every year for the past five years, I found many parallels between Hatchet and The Voyage of the Frog. I'm sorry to say, this did not improve my opinion of this story. David could very well have been Hatchet's Brian, only lost at sea rather than lost in the Canadian wilderness. The same themes of damage and assessment, hunger and rationing, nearly found but left stranded, and survival based on luck and one's own determination were prevalent in both stories. The main character in each story also found himself in his particular situation because of an unfortunate event in his life that took place before the story began. Although David faced one danger after another in rather quick succession, I didn't really feel the thrill of adventure from this writing. Perhaps I would have liked the story better if I had not read Hatchet.This book would appeal mostly to 6th and 7th grade boys. The idea of a middle schooler who has to survive on his own out in the pacific ocean is intriguing. There is also one point in the story in which David reads his uncle's journal which states that one day Uncle Owen "made love" to his girlfriend on the boat.
Jecia.Woodard on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The voyage of the frog is about a 14 year-old boy named David who sets out on a journey to dump his uncle's ashes on a boat called the Frog. During this journey, David faces many dangers and difficulties like: sharks, whales and no food. His uncle was the one who taught David about the things on the Frog.My opinion about this book is that it is an interesting book and very adventurous but half of the things David was doing or saying I could not understand. Most of the word in the book hand to deal with a boat and I knew nothing about the boat or about anything he was doing.All i knew was that he was trying to fix the boat and get back home.
Andre.cbec6671 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is about a boy who has an uncle that died. He told hom to to have him cremated and have his ashes thrown into the sea. So far out that you can't see land anywhere. He wants his nephew to do it, but he's only fourteen. His uncle tells him thats how old he was when he first got on a boat. He's had that boat a long time, and he called it "The Frog." His nephew agrees to do it, unaware of the risks that await him.I thought this story was cool, because one part might be calm, and the next one might be filled with peril. I don't I could've put up with the struggles that the boy faced. The boy dumps the ashes without too much trouble, but on his way back he hits a storm and gets lost. Things on the boat were damaged, and he lost some food and water as well. He tries to presevre it as much as he can, trying to stay alive. Eventually he ends up in Southern California, hundreds of miles from where he started. He reaches land by a whale-watching science research station, and they offer to take the boy back home. He refuses, asking only for something to navigate home. He makes it home safely on The Frog and gets to see his parents again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tick tock.... Ochhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Voyage Of The Frog by Gary Paulsen is an astounding book. When I read this book, i never knew what would happen next. In this book, David, the main character is given the Frog by his Uncle Owen who dies sadly of cancer. Owen requested that David sailed out to sea to spread his ashes among the ocean. As David does Owen's upsetting request, there is an amazing adventure ahead of him. Owen, David's uncle, had died of cancer. Owen owned the Frog before he passed away. Owen wanted to know all of things there is to know-but death came too soon. Before he died, Owen gave David his boat, the Frog. The plot of this story is for David to get home, due to the harsh storm he went through. David was supposed to spread Owen's ashes and head home, but the storm came and the boat got beat up by the waves. everything was ruined, and David suffered injuries, also. His clothes were completely soaked, and David had a limited supply of food. David must compete with the ocean to survive. The setting of this book is present-day sailing on the Pacific Ocean on the Frog. The theme of this book is survival. David tries to survive on the Frog. I liked this book because David is always on-task; meaning he gets done what needs to get done and doesn't worry so much that he doesn't get things done. I also liked it because it was a touching story. When I started reading about Owen when he was sick, Gary Paulsen described how Owen looked with his cancer. He was pale and weak, and there are other words Paulsen used that described Owen, and I immediately thought of my mother when she was sick. She was pale, no hair anywhere, and most of all, weak. When I started reading further in the book, David became alone and I thought of The Ugly Duckling when it was alone and sad, too. A related book I have read is probably be Elsewhere because Liz tries to get back to her home, too.
ACook10 More than 1 year ago
Introduction The Voyage of Frog an overall pretty good book. It is an adventure and an action book. The book is for mainly for young readers aged from 10-15. The reason for this review is to inform readers of how much of a good book this is. Description and summary of main points The author of the book is a big fan of sailing and the ocean, probably because he grew up on the ocean. The book is a somewhat fictional book, but mostly leans toward nonfiction. The reason the book is realistic is because the author knew what he was talking about because of personal experience. I'm judging the book on the realism, how the story flows, and the number of pages. The main conflict in the book is when David goes out to scatter his dead Uncles ashes in the sea. Owen, his uncle, asked him to scatter them where no land can be seen. When David is out of sight of land a massive violent storm strikes. Evaluation David and Owen have a close relationship, and both love to sail. When Owen gets cancer before he dies, Owen ask David to scatter his ashes out at sea. When the storm strikes David tries to put down the sails to he won't get swept away by the wind, but the wind was to strong and David lost control of the sails and was hit on the head by the sail pole. David made it inside and went unconscious during the storm. When he woke up it was calm and no wind was blowing. After he figured out there was no way for him to make it home without wind he started looking at what materials he had to survive. He gets concerned when he finds out that he doesn't have much food, but his spirits are lifted when he finds out he has plenty of water. He goes through many bad times, like when he is attacked by a shark, or when he is almost ran over by an oil tanker. Over al I think the book achieves its goal of a entertaining thriller. Also the book is as good as or better than other books I've read in the same genre. Conclusion The Voyage of the Frog is an overall pretty good book. The Voyage of the Frog is a book about a boy named David and He takes His uncle Owens ashes out to sea to scatter them in the water. Anyone who wants a good book that is exciting and fast paced you should try this book. Your Final Review The voyage of the Frog is a good book anyone who likes adventure should read this book.
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The Voyage of the Frog

My book is called The Voyage of the Frog. Gary Paulsen wrote it. David Alspeth is the main character in this story. He is 14 years old. He loves sailing with his Uncle Owen on the open sea. On a sorrowful day David¿s Uncle Owen dies from cancer. David then has to sail out to the sea and fulfill his Uncles dying wish, to have his ashes spread out to sea. One problem, a big storm hits David. He is then strung off course and can¿t find his way home. He has to struggle just to survive. He has to survive getting his boat attacked by a shark. A giant boat almost runs him over! This story starts in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, and stretches all the way to Baja California. Although it doesn¿t say when exactly it takes place, it seems to take place in the present. I believe the theme for this story is that if you keep trying you will succeed. I loved this book, it is one of my favorite books. It is very intense and keeps you reading all nightlong (that¿s what I did) I have had some similar feelings like David felt. I have been lost before in the desert while riding quads. I have also felt very lonely at times, which is the way he felt because he was out in the middle of the ocean without anyone. Hatchet is written by the same author and is based around the plot of getting lost. In my opinion The Voyage of the Frog is one of the best books I have ever read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Voyage Of The Frog is an okay book in the fact that it kind of talks about the same thing throughout the book and has no real exciting sections in it. It kind of carries on though the book saying the same thing over and over agian. I dident like the fact that his purpose in the story was to spread ashes and to sail this boat to honor his uncle and never let his spirit die. Good book overall but carries on the same topic for way too long. Good but not recomended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the worst book I have ever read. It dragged on and on, never reaching a pivotal point. Horribly written, don't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't like Voyage of the Frog a whole lot, mostly because it was poorly written. It is about a boy named David who is sent to scatter the ashes of his dead uncle in the Sea of Japan. Pretty bad stroyline, huh? Well, it gets even worse. David gets stuck in the middle of the ocean (somehow) and it seems like he does nothing from there. Paulsen could seriously sum up a majority of the chapters by writing 'David stayed in the Frog and did absolutely nothing'. There has to be some sort of plot twist. The only exciting part I can think of is when David encounters a group of whales, and that's not really exciting, due to the fact that it is poorly written. Don't read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I was in junior high this was the only book I ever read on my own, other than the assigned literature. I graduated and ever since then every time I pick up a book I remember how much I enjoyed reading this book. It's not the greatest literature ever written but the 'Voyage of the Frog' has stayed with me since junior high. Basically I enjoyed reading this book and am still reading it today. I recomend this book to anyone whos just looking to read a good easy to read story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, if I was in the same situtation David was in (and trust me, I would never be that stupid to begin with) I would probably do exactly what he did. He was very smart, strong in character and heart, and also very affectionate towards the Frog and the ocean. I think he grew a lot in the process. I think I would grow a lot too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE VOYAGE OF THE FROG is about a 14 year old boy named David Alsepth who wants to fulfill his uncle's wish and so David sets sail in the FROG(boat),and David has enormous adventures, but on the way there and back David has some of problems.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but it wasn't as good as some of the other Paulsen books, like the Hatchet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The voyage Of the frog is the best book I have read you have to read it.It is about a boy David that is put up to a task from his close uncles death, this task is Hard for he boy due to the fact that there are a bunch of obsticles he encounters! THIS IS A MUST READ BOOK!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a story of troubles and lots of action. There was a lot of problem solving and thinking. Good for people ages 11-13.