This is one of my favorite books of all time because it is almost like two stories because first the boys and their dad sail around the Caribbean in their very own sailboat which I've always wanted to do. What tweenage boy read: target audience has the patience for that? Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother's death when their dad decides to buy a boat and take them on a year-long sailing trip. This is a book that has me crying not just at the sad parts. The Great Wide Sea got some rave reviews when it was published back in 2010. Sailing from Florida, they spend every day together in very close quarters.
A great adventure yarn for teens, would probably be enjoyed by fans of Gary Paulsen. An easy recommendation for boys. Ben does not want to be on this trip, but he decides to step up and lead his two brothers through the storm. But then one day, their father disappears. After a violent storm, the boys awaken to find the boat has been pushed off-course and their father is missing. The descriptions were so detailed, that I could almost feel the boat rocking under my feet, the salty wind stinging my eyes, the brutal sun baking my skin, as if I were on there on the boat with them. They allow me to see sides of them that their father would never be let into.
One fell off a cliff. But what will they do when their dad decides to sell the house and sail around the Bahamas for a year? Ben's mom dies in a car accident. After law school, she and her husband moved to New Orleans where they both practiced law. No matter what happened the day before, you wake up and there is life and you have to do something about it. It was sad, uplifting, honest, endearing, engaging and many other superlatives I can't think of at the moment.
Ben, Dylan, and Gerry are still mourning their mother? She looked down at him and said, 'Are you my Noogie? Three of her sons read it immediately and liked it. Following the death of his wife, a father takes his three sons on a yearlong sailing trip. I could not put this book down and I highly recommend it for all Young Adult collections. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an adventure book with multiple battles for survival: weather, sea, and islands. The brothers adapt as best they can until one night their father disappears.
Dad sells everything, loads the 3 boys on a sailing boat, gives them extensive lessons on navigation and sailing, and takes them off to the Bahamas. Dad eventually develops a weird depression and decides to quit poetry all together. You wake up and there is the sun like always. This book is actually pretty easy but it also had a lot of weird relationships and it was very easy to read. They'll protest by falling asleep on your laptop.
The father loses himself in the boat after her death and the boys get dragged into his nightmare. I don't think I could have handled it if they family had broken apart after her death. First his mom dies, shaking his family to its core. They have little time to contemplate this as a huge storms hits and changes everything. They sail through the storm as best they can. After their mother dies in an accident, their father deals with his grief by selling the house and all their possessions, forcing his three sons to leave their lives behind and move onto the sailboat for a year long trip through the islands that make up the Bahamas. I think Herlong did a wonderful job capturing the parent-teenager dynamics in a realistic manner.
A dad, with his three sons, ages 5 to 15, embark on a year-long sail in the Bahamas, with the intent to recover from the death of wife and mother. Their was the two other ones I mentioned earlier and their were alot of flashbacks that told the story of their childhood and how their mom died and what happened after that and how their dad came to decide to take them on this vacation. You do it without looking. Herlong clearly knows her boat terminology well, but I felt left out at times, as it was jargon to me. Ben, at 15-years-old, has an incredibly tense and combative relationship with his father.
Being able to flip back to the picture would have been helpful to visualize what was going on. The lapping of the waves. A touching and thought provoking read — highly recommended. In typical bildungsroman fashion he must pass through the journey to manhood and what he learns I loved this book! Left alone, they must band together for survival. I could picture myself in each of their shoes going through everything that happened. Then they are saved and they find their dad again who explains that he bumbed his head in trying to fix the motor and he woke up drifting in the middle of the ocean. We assume that their dad committed suicide and the boys fight for survival.