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Thunder from the Sea: Adventure on Board the HMS Defender
 
 
Author
Jeff Weigel.
Publisher Putnam  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.75 x 11.25 x 0.3 inches
ISBN 9780399250897
Pages/Publication Date 48/2009
Daedalus Item Code 22727
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Presented as a graphic novel in the spirit of the Horatio Hornblower series or the novels of Patrick O'Brian, but with sidebars full of historical information, this book for readers 8 to 11 follows the thrilling adventures of 12-year-old Jack Hoyton, who joins the Royal Navy in 1805 at the height of the Napoleonic wars. He serves as the lowliest crewmember aboard the frigate HMS Defender, learning about the hard work, strict discipline, and constant danger of life at sea while the ship patrols the French coast. But when Jack is captured ashore with a raiding party, he finds it is up to him to escape and warn the Defender of a trap.

"While the story of the 12-year-old and his life aboard the midsize ship is fiction, sidebars provide an enormous amount of supporting information about ships, the British Navy, and the conflict with France, and define words and phrases having to do with ships and sailors, such as 'press gangs,' 'powder monkeys,' and 'heaving on a reef.'... The illustrations, maps, and diagrams are chock-full of details. A rich reading and visual experience."School Library Journal

 
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