Alone on A Wide Wide Sea

Alone on A Wide Wide Sea

Book - 2006
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How far would you go to find yourself? The lyrical, life-affirming new novel from the bestselling author of Private Peaceful

There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye...

That is all I remember of England.

When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie - a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?

I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I'd never built a finer boat.

Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, 2006
ISBN: 9780007230587
9780007230563
0007230567
Branch Call Number: J MOR
Characteristics: 312 p. :,maps

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BeccaC123
Jul 15, 2016

There was so much to gain from this book: learning to stand up for someone and not giving up are two of the main focuses followed by the characters, and I think this gives such a fantastic message to so many people. As the plot is based on a true situation - children with no homes or real identity being sent away into some unknown, terrifying place with strangers. In WWII, thousands of children were sent to Australia, and while many were lucky to live happy lives, others suffered exactly like Arthur, not knowing anything about who they were and what their future would look like. I laughed along with Arthur in his happiest moments, and when Allie succeeded in her mission, I cheered along with her in delight. I really do recommend this book to others!

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