Literature Circle set ( 6 copies) available at Classroom Support Centre
Red Maple Nominee 2010 , 251 pp.
“Fourteen year old Al changes his destiny by following his dream to become an explorer. Al’s journey begins off the rugged coast of Newfoundland in his handmade submarine. As he travels through east coast waters he rescues a family of four, finds a lost treasure, eludes the coast guard and the navy, befriends a seagull and an abandoned dog, meets a “queen” of the sea, and saves a lost boy. Al’s nautical adventures make him a celebrity but his ability to evade the police makes him an outlaw.”
Review by Karen:
Meet Alfred — a fourteen year old boy who steadfastly refuses to follow in the family tradition of going to sea as a fisherman. However a chance glance through a hole in the local junkyard fence sparks Albert’s imagination and lights the flame of adventure and exploration. Unexpected friendships, responsibilities and self discovery all become a part of Alfred’s own journey “out to sea”.
Highly recommended !!
Theme: Self-discovery; Adventure; Friendship
Teacher / Curriculum Connections: Canadian Geography /History (Eastern Maritime History)