Nautical Fiction (Teen)

Avi.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.  Y FIC Avi  // Y PB A
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Campbell, Eric.  The Shark Callers.   YPB C
Two teenage boys, one on a shark hunt and the other traveling with his family, face the challenge of their lives when a volcano erupts causing a massive tidal wave in the South Seas.

Creech, Sharon.  The Wanderer.  Y FIC Creech / YPB Creech
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing aboard the Wanderer, a forty-five foot sailboat, which, along with uncles and another cousin, is en route to visit their grandfather in England.

Defoe, Daniel.  Robinson Crusoe.  YPB D
During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600s, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly thirty years on a deserted island.

Duane, Diane.  Deep Wizardry.  JPB Duane
During a summer vacation at the beach,  thirteen-year-old wizard Nita and her friend Kit assist the whale-wizard S’reee in combating an evil power.

Hemingway, Ernest. The Old Man and the Sea.  FIC Hemingway
A triumphant yet tragic story of an aging Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal–a relentless battle with a giant marlin.

Hesse, Karen.  Stowaway.  Y FIC Hesse / YPB H
A fictionalized journal relates the experiences of a young stowaway from 1768 to 1771 aboard the Endeavor which sailed around the world under Captain James Cook.

Lawrence, Iain.  The Wreckers Y Fic Lawrence
Shipwrecked after a vicious storm, fourteen-year-old John Spencer attempts to save his father and himself while also dealing with an evil secret about the English coastal town where they are stranded.

Melville, Herman.  Billy Budd and Other Tales.  Y PB M
Featured in this volume are “Billy Budd”,  “Bartleby, the Scrivener; ”  “Benito Cereno”,  “The Town-Ho’s Story” and a chapter from Melville’s masterpiece, “Moby Dick”.

Melville, Herman.  Moby Dick.  Y PB M
A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

Paulsen, Gary.  The Voyage of the Frog.  J FIC Paulsen
When David goes out on his sailboat to scatter his recently deceased uncle’s ashes to the wind, he is caught in a fierce storm and must survive many days on his own as he works out his feelings about life and his uncle.

Rocco, John.  Swim That Rock.  Y FIC Rocco
When his dad goes missing in a fishing-boat accident, fourteen-year-old Jake refuses to think he may have lost his father forever. But suddenly, nothing seems certain in Jake’s future, and now his family’s diner may be repossessed by loan sharks. In Narragansett Bay, scrabbling out a living as a quahogger isn’t easy, but with the help of some local clammers, Jake is determined to work hard and earn enough money to ensure his family’s security and save the diner in time.

Taylor, Theodore.  The Cay.  Y PB T
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, a twelve-year-old white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old man are stranded on a small desert island in the Caribbean where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Zindel, Paul.  Reef of Death Y FIC Zindel
While helping an Aboriginal girl search for her people’s missing treasure near the Great Barrier Reef, seventeen-year-old PC finds himself fighting an evil scientist and a deadly underwater  monster.


Other Non-Fiction Titles to enjoy

Armstrong, Jennifer.  Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World : The Extraordinary True Adventure of Shackleton and the Endurance.  Y 919.89 A 
Describes the events of the 1914 Shackleton Antarctic expedition when, after being trapped in a frozen sea for nine months, their ship, Endurance, was finally crushed, forcing Shackleton and his men to make a very long and perilous journey across ice and stormy seas to reach inhabited land.

Blumberg, Rhoda.  Shipwrecked! : The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy JB Nakahama B
In 1841, rescued by an American whaler after a terrible shipwreck leaves him and his four companions castaways on a remote island, fourteen-year-old Manjiro learns new laws and customs as he becomes the first Japanese person to set foot in the United States.

Hays, David.  My Old Man and the Sea: A Father and Son Sail Around Cape Horn.  (ADULT) 910.45 H
David and Daniel Hays, father and son, designed and built a small boat together, then set out to sail it around the tip of South America, a journey that David had dreamed of ever since childhood. Along the way they fought and swore and sweated and shared triumphs large and small.

Junger, Sebastian.  The Perfect Storm : A True Story of Men Against the Sea.  (ADULT) 974.45 J / PB NF J
The incredible true account of the most extraordinary storm of the 20th century, this is the story of a tempest born from so rare a combination of factors it was deemed “perfect” and of the doomed fishing boat with her crew of six that was helpless in the midst of a force beyond comprehension. Told in exquisite detail, this “New York Times” bestseller has already left an indelible impression on critics and readers everywhere.

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