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The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

The Wanderer (2000)

by Sharon Creech

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Sophie & Cody carry the story line via their separate journal entries as they sail across the Atlantic Ocean one summer with their uncles & a cousin. We learn why the adults were so secretive/cautious around Sophie after their boat sustains damage from a storm. Of course there are relationship tensions on such a small boat, but they all learn acceptance from the voyage.
Read with my son, who wasn't highly interested in the book, so will pass it on. ( )
  juniperSun | Jan 13, 2019 |
Sophie is about to sail across the Atlantic on a boat with three uncles and two cousins, both boys. Brian is a geeky obsessive obnoxious jerk. Cody is a fun-loving, never serious cut-up. All three are about 13 years old. The journey is to visit Bompie, the kid's grandfather, in England.
The tale is told in log entries by Sophie and Cody. Sophie's log begins the book, and we hear how eager she is to see Bompie again and such. But when Cody's log begins, we quickly learn something odd... Sophie is an orphan, adopted into their family, and she's never even met Bompie. Sophie is at least partially, living in a world of self delusion.
This is a good tale, well told. Only drawbacks... Brian is unnecessarily obnoxious. He mocks Sophie for being an orphan. Who would actually do that? And in the first third of the book, Cody is buffoonish enough to be pretty annoying too, though not cruel.
(Note on the cover: Like many books, this one has had multiple covers. Mine is the one with the disembodied heads of Sophie, Brian and Cody floating in the air over the boat. It's a terrible cover! Generally, when I read a book with pictures of the characters on the cover, I can't help but picture the characters in my mind as they are on the front of the book. Not so here. The three cover characters are so far off from those described in the book it's laughable. The characters are 13, and normal kids. All three on the cover look between 16 and 18, and all three look like they came straight from a modeling agency.) ( )
  fingerpost | Nov 13, 2018 |
13-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crosing aboard the Wanderer, a 45' sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
This chapter book is about a young girl named Sophie. At the start of the story you learn that Sophie has to travel across the sea to visit her family. Thirteen year old Sophie has a love/fear relationship for the sea. As the story goes on more and more is revealed about young Sophie and how she was adopted. While traveling the sea she learns to work as a team with the other people traveling on the boat. This book includes may adventures Sophie and her cousin endure on the way to England.
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This book is great for children who love mystery and adventure. The characters in this book really come to life as the story goes on.
Classroom Extension Ideas:
After having my students read this book I would ask them to draw a picture of what they believe Sophie would look like and to list her character traits at the bottom of the page.
Another idea would be to have my students describe a time where the had to conquer their fears like Sophie had to do when traveling the sea.
  ToriMackey | Apr 20, 2017 |
This is such a great book. I actually read it back in 4th grade and still have the copy my teacher gave me that year! This book, which is written as journals between the main character and somebody else on the ship. It's completely poetic and has characteristics of traditional poetry like rhyme scheme. It also has characteristics of a more old time poetry and is considered a ballad. The main character struggles to survive on a ship, sailing across the atlantic as the only girl. She is young and has to overcome obstacles such as puberty, which is relatable to many girls this age. She feels as though it is important for her to see her family in England and Ireland which is why she is making the journey. Through out the book her inner strength is challenged, especially when they hit storms. She has to pull her weight and not only act like a grown up, but a grown man. She doesn't want to be thought of as a little girl. As the book progresses she learns to do a lot on the ship, which bothers some of the boys. She really shows that anybody can do anything if they put their mind to it, which is basically the moral of the story. It doesn't matter where you come from or how bad the oast what as long as you continue to make the best of what you have and where you are going. ( )
1 vote Kacie11 | Sep 12, 2016 |
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To quote KLIATT's March 2000 review of the hardcover edition: Sophie, age 13, heads off on the adventure of a lifetime: she will spend a month crossing the Atlantic in a sailboat called The Wanderer with her three uncles and her two teenaged cousins, fusspot Brian and devil-may-care Cody... a force-10 gale hits and they barely survive the storm, but finally manage to make it to England where their grandfather Bompie now lives. On the trip, Sophie tells them stories of Bompie and his childhood escapades, in which he always nearly drowns but manages to pull through. These stories entertain but puzzle the others, because Sophie was just adopted three years ago, and she has never met Bompie... Sophie, of course, is a "wanderer" too, who has longed for years to belong to a family. Told in alternating journal entries written by Sophie and by Cody, this is an exciting and touching story of adventure on the high seas and of emotional discoveries. Life on the sailboat is described in careful detail, and the six on board realistically have their squabbles and their differences. The terror of the gale is particularly convincing, reminiscent of The Perfect Storm. Fanciful b/w drawings, resembling woodcuts, decorate each chapter opening. As in Walk Two Moons, Creech's Newbery Medal-winning novel, an important theme here is coping with loss, and the power of stories to help us deal with grief. The ending is full of hope, and readers will empathize with both Sophie and Cody as they survive their ordeal at sea and strive for understanding of themselves and others. (Editor's note: A Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults, among other honors.) KLIATTCodes: J*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 2000, HarperTrophy, 306p. illus.,
added by sriches | editKLIATT, Paula Rohrlick (Jul 22, 2009)
Like Creech's Walk Two Moons and Chasing Redbird, this intimate novel poetically connects journey with self-discovery. When 13-year-old Sophie learns that her three uncles and two male cousins plan to sail across the Atlantic to visit the uncles' father, Bompie, in England, she begs to go along. Despite her mother's protests and the men's misgivings, Sophie joins the "motley" crew of the 45-foot The Wanderer and soon proves herself a worthy sailor. The novel unfolds through travel logs, predominantly penned by Sophie (with intermittent musings from her clownish cousin, Cody) that trace each leg of the eventful voyage; each opens with a handsome woodblock-like print by Diaz (Smoky Night). The teens' insightful observations reveal the frailties of both the boat and its six passengers, whose fears and regrets anchor them down. Sophie, who was adopted just three years ago, proves the most complicated and mysterious of all the characters; her ambivalent feelings about the sea ("The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me... but some said I was too young and the sea was a dangerous temptress...") correlate to a repressed memory of a tragic accident. Stories Sophie tells about Bompie, as well as clever throwaway bits (such as the brothers' given names: Ulysses, Jonah and Moses), temper the novel's more serious undercurrents. Creech once again captures the ebb and flow of a vulnerable teen's emotional life, in this enticing blend of adventure and reflection. Ages 8-12. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
added by sriches | editPublisher's Weekly, Cahners Business Informaiton (Jul 22, 2009)
"The sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, come in." Thirteen-year-old Sophie has begged her way aboard The Wanderer, Uncle Dock's 45-foot sailboat, for a voyage from Connecticut across the Atlantic Ocean to England and her grandfather, Bompie. It will be a dangerous voyage, but Sophie welcomes the challenge. She is a seasoned sailor whose seafaring skills match those of her three uncles and two cousins. The inevitable friction between close relatives in close quarters adds spark to the tale as these sailors face a storm that almost sinks their boat. They wonder if they'll live to see land again. Each character in this story comes to life on the pages. The perils and mysteries of the sea are so realistically presented that readers will feel the wind, hear the snap of the sails, and taste the salt spray as they find themselves intrigued by the mysterious Sophie herself. Why does she deny being an orphan? How can she know personally told tales from a grandfather she has never met? What happened to her parents? Newbery Medal winner for Walk Two Moons (HarperCollins, 1994), Sharon Creech, presents answers to these questions slowly and obliquely through logbook entries written by Sophie and her "dangerously charming" cousin, Cody. David Diaz's ink drawings at the chapter headings help pull the reader into the swirling sea scenes. Through words and pictures, readers come to understand and appreciate Sophie's love/hate relationship with the sea as her inner thoughts touch on profound ideas that readers can ponder as they relate her life to their own. Out here, there isn't day and night and then a new day. Instead, there are degrees of light and dark, mergingand changing. It's like one long stream of time unfolding in front of you, all around you . . . maybe people never die, but simply live on and on, leaving other planes behind . . . maybe we're not each just one person, but many people existing on millions of different planes . . .Sophie and the sailing ship are both wanderers in this story of adventure, courage and personal growth. The invitation is there for readers to test their own mettle by joining them. 2000, Harper Collins, $15.95. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Dorothy Francis — The Five Owls, May/June 2000 (Vol. 14 No. 5)
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For my daughter, Karin, who journeyed across the ocean and inspired this story. From the mother who worried while you were gone.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0064410323, Paperback)

"I am not always such a dreamy girl, listening to the sea calling me. My father calls me Three-sided Sophie: one side is dreamy and romantic; one is logical and down-to-earth; and the third side is hardheaded and impulsive."

Thirteen-year-old Sophie, skipping between "dreamland or earthland or muleland," hears the sea calling her. Much to the concern of her adopted parents, she decides to join her uncles and male cousins on a sailing voyage from Connecticut across the Atlantic to England (and her grandfather Bompie) on a 45-foot sailboat. Not only does she want to make the trip, she feels she has to.

This perilous cross-Atlantic journey will make young readers feel the wind in their hair and the salt spray on their face. Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech (Walk Two Moons) describes the sailing experience with astonishing precision--from the smell of the sea to the intricate workings of The Wanderer itself.

Along the way, Sophie proves her bravery and competence to the rather grumpy all-male crew; intrigues and captivates her cousin Cody with her beautiful, odd stories of Bompie that always somehow end in underwater disaster and apple pie; and spills her heart into a daily journal. Readers get another angle on her, too, as Cody keeps a log that alternates with hers. He grows to know, and like, and wonder about, his new cousin Sophie along with the reader, and as her mysterious past reveals itself bit by bit, we are all right there on the edge of our seats, ready for the boom to crash over to the other side.

Sophie's adventures take her not only straight into perilous waves higher than buildings, but deep into her hidden past. This profound, suspenseful novel will pull you into its swift current and barely let you surface for breath. (Ages 9 to 13) --Karin Snelson

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Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

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