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Stormstruck! by John Macfarlane


by John Macfarlane

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12 yea- old Sam overhears his parents talking one night about putting down their old Labrador Retriever, Pogo. Sam feels the only way to save him is to take him away, and so they embark on a sailing adventure. The saying, "When it rains, it pours"y aptly describes this novel, as they first seek shelter from a storm on an island, but then calamities come quickl when he sails off with heavy fog, a run in with a passing barge, loss of his boat, and a hungry shark to top off this challenging lost-at-sea scenario. When he feels hope at being rescued from a shipwreck, the elderly rescuer slips and breaks his ankle and Sam is now left caring for not only his dog and a hurt bird from the wreck, but now also an elderly hermit. One thing that rings true is that although the Coast guard is searching, they do not see him and so he comes to the realization he must do something himself if he is to live. This is a powerful point in the story and the place where Sam finally is coming to terms with death. This is an emotional survival story and one that will appeal to the Middle School Crowd looking for survival stories. 141 pages. ( )
  sgrame | Oct 21, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823433943, Hardcover)

This gripping adventure-at-sea skillfully blends a suspenseful survival story, a heart-wrenching boy-and-his-dog tale and the sensitive treatment of a youngster coming to terms with the death of a family member.

When twelve-year-old Sam overhears his parents talking about their elderly and infirm Labrador retriever, Pogo, he's convinced they plan to have the dog put down. To save Pogo, Sam sets sail with the dog in a fourteen foot boat for an island off the coast of Maine. The elements conspire against them as they move from one danger to another: fog, near decapitation by a tugboat cable, a storm at sea, a lurking shark and the loss of their boat. Sam summons courage and ingenuity to meet each new challenge, helped along the way by Pogo's loyalty, a one-eyed cormorant, a retired ornithologist, and a lifetime of good nautical advice from his older brother. As he battles nature's fury, Sam is finally able to come to terms with what he has truly been running from: his brother's death in Afghanistan.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:14:00 -0400)

Believing his parents are going to euthanize Pogo, a beloved golden Labrador that had belonged to his deceased brother, twelve-year-old Sam sets sail with the dog and gets caught in a terrible storm along with Magnus, a hermit, and his pet tern, Fuego, whom they meet on an island.… (more)

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