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Heroes of the Surf

Adventure on the high seas!

Heroes of the Surf
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
ISBN 978-0-375-82247-6
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Based on a true story

WHAM! The Pliny jolts as if Black Beard himself has just punched her in the belly. Pedro and I slide and smack--bang--into the bulwark.

"We're grounded," cries the first mate. "We've hit a shoal!"

Review excerpts

"A storm, a shipwreck and possibly pirates! What more could you want from a historical seafaring adventure? . . . Young children may clutch your forearm as you read this one aloud, but isn’t it a nice change of pace — in this time of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Titanic” — to tell them a seaborne adventure featuring genuine heroes?"
-- New York Times book review, May 16, 2012

"Riveting reading"
--*Kirkus starred review

"Carbone ... writes an exciting first-person narrative here, with plenty of sensory details ... and a consistently boy-like perspective. Shaded with colors, lines, and crosshatching, Carpenter's drawings ... capture intense emotions in a series of beautifully composed, often dramatic scenes."
-- *Booklist, starred review, April 1, 2012

"... [a] spirited introduction to historical fiction."
-- Horn Book, March 1, 2012

Heroes of the Surf

In May of 1882, a large steamship ran aground off the coast of New Jersey. Elisa Carbone imagines what it was like for two boys on that ship: waking up in the middle of the night, waves crashing over the side, the storm too big to lower the lifeboats. And then the flashing of light from shore--the surfmen, true "heroes of the surf," come to rescue them. The award-winning author's meticulous research combined with Nancy Carpenter's spectacular illustrations make this thrilling adventure on the high seas one not to be missed!

ISBN 978-0-670-06312-3
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Cliff Hanger
Elisa climbing The Dangler (5.9) at the Shawangunks in New York.

Elisa Carbone is a full-time writer and a part-time rock climber, windsurfer, and white water paddler. Her books include Stealing Freedom, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, Storm Warriors, an ALA Notable and winner of the Virginia Library Association's 2002 Jefferson Cup Award, The Pack, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year for 2004, Last Dance on Holladay Street, a New York Public Library Best Book for the Teenage, 2006, and her popular middle grade novels, Starting School With an Enemy and Sarah and the Naked Truth. Her most recent historical novel, Blood on the River: James Town 1607 is a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year for 2006 and winner of the Virginia Library Association’s 2007 Jefferson Cup Award. Her first picture book, Night Running, How James Escaped With the Help of His Faithful Dog, illustrated by E.B. Lewis, was a 2008 Parent Choice Award recommended book. Her latest novel, Jump (Viking, 2010) is a 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults.

"One minute she is buried in documents researching deliveries of paint to Manteo and Pea Island, North Carolina in 1895. The next minute she is windsurfing or rock climbing or kayaking the whitewater of the Potomac River. Elisa Carbone pays attention to accuracy and detail whether she is working on her next historical novel or finding the best crevice for her foot on the next rock."
Washington Parent
(Feature excerpt.)


Book Titles

Heroes of the Surf (May 2012)
Picture book based on a true rescue at sea story Illustrated by the very talented Nancy Carpenter

Jump (May 2010)

Night Running: How James Escaped With the Help of His Faithful Dog (January 2008)
Picture book based on a true Underground Rail Road story
Illustrated by the very talented EARL B. LEWIS

Blood on the River: James Town 1607 (May 4, 2006)
Be prepared to be taken back to the year 1607 when 104 English settlers landed in the New World.

Last Dance On Holladay Street (2005)

The Pack (2003)

Storm Warriors (2001)

Stealing Freedom (1998)

Sarah and the Naked Truth (2000) NEW EDITION, 2006

Starting School With an Enemy (1998) NEW EDITION, 2005

Corey’s Story: Her Family’s Secret (1997)
[first published as My Dad’s Definitely Not a Drunk! (1992)]

Teaching Large Classes: Tools and Strategies (1998)

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