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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
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!"

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

Awards and Honors

Kirkus Best Books of 2012
Junior Library Guild Selection
Capitol Choices Award Nominee
* Starred review Kirkus
* Starred review Booklist

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