The Wanderer

by Sharon Creech

Most of this elegantly designed novel is set on the ocean. The story features two... read more

Most of this elegantly designed novel is set on the ocean. The story features two 13‑year‑old cousins, Sophie and Cody, who sail with three uncles and another cousin across the sea to visit Bompie (their grandfather) in England. The alternating voices of Sophie and Cody’s travel logs move the 78‑chapter story quickly. As the novel unfolds, Sophie makes more than one perilous journey. In his own way, so does Cody, and the trip’s dangers change each teenager. Sharon Creech telegraphs her theme while spinning her tale, so that younger, thoughtful readers won’t miss the internal journeys even while the waves are high. Devotees of Creech’s Newbery Award winner Walk Two Moons (HarperCollins, 1994) will be pleased that there’s a new book by this popular author, and that it explores similar thematic territory at an easier level and in a new way. Diaz’s black-and-white artwork decorates the first pages of each chapter. (Ages 11‑14)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2001

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