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 ages, boys and girls, and we were all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye, I thought they were waving good-bye. None of us spoke. It was a grey day with drizzle in the air, the great sad cranes bowing to the ship from the docks as we steamed past. That is all I remember of England... When orphaned Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WW II he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. The coming years will test him to his limits, as he endures mistreatment, neglect and forced labour in the Australian outback. But Arthur is also saved, again and again, by his love of the sea. And when he meets a nurse whose father owns a boat-building business, all the pieces of his broken life come together. Now, at the end of his life, Arthur has built a special boat for his daughter Allie, whose love of the sea is as strong and as vital as her father's. Now Allie has a boat that will take her to England solo, across the world's roughest seas, in search of her father's long-lost sister... Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together?
Publisher: London : HarperCollins Children's, 2006
ISBN: 9780007230563
0007230567
9780007230587
Branch Call Number: J MOR
Characteristics: 312 p. :,maps

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cocobellamonkey
May 17, 2018

This book is absolutely amazing

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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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Mar 10, 2018

cocobellamonkey thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

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