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Heroes of the Surf
Adventure on the high seas!
Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
On sale now at Barnes & Noble
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!"
"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
--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!
Buy Heroes of the Surf
Awards and Honors
Junior Library Guild Selection
* Starred reviews Kirkus, Booklist
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 an 2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young
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."