Friday, November 9, 2012
Book Review - Samuel Sail "Round the Horn
It is October 1850, talk of the discovery of gold in California is rampant, and sixteen-year-old Sam Nelson has just made a lifechanging decision. After he sneaks away from his family in the middle of the night with nothing but a carpetbag and a desire for more in life, he arrives at the bustling Newburyport harbor-anxious to find a job on a ship and sail to California to join the Gold Rush. After he finds the captain of a square-rigged sailing ship, Sam quickly secures a job as a cabin boy. As the Callao sets sail on an anticipated four-month voyage to San Francisco, Sam is thrilled. His journey to freedom-and potential fortune-has begun. But it is not long before reality sets in. The demands of the job, loneliness, and unforeseen hardships soon propel Sam into a dark place, where he is forced to grow up quickly and wonders if he made the right decision. But after he is befriended by Jack, the ship's kindly carpenter, and Ben, a young passenger, life begins to look up for Sam. Unbeknownst to him, he is sailing straight into manhood. In this adventurous tale based on true events, a young man with a big dream soon learns more about himself than he ever imagined as he takes the voyage of a lifetime.
About the Author
Lynn Glaze earned a master's degree from Stanford University and is a fourth-generation Californian who has been a teacher and development director. She is the author of Seasons of the Trail. Lynn and her husband, Harry, live in Wilmington, Delaware, and have two adult children.
My Take on the Book
This was a fun tale about one boy's adventure in getting to a new world and a new life. The book was fun to read and experience and the way in which the author shares the journey truly transports you into the tale, but also allows you to feel, hear and experience the story along with the characters. I loved the fact that the story was based on real events, and I enjoyed reading this to my daughter who is an adventure fanatic and opened a door, not only to this, but also to our country's history!
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