Sophie is a thirteen-year-old girl, who loves the sea and begged her way onto “The Wanderer,” her uncle's 45 foot long sailboat. With her cousins Cody and Brian and three uncles, Sophie will be able to experience the ocean first hand on a cross Atlantic trip to visit her grandfather.
The story is told through the travel logs of Sophie and her cousin Cody. Little do they know but both of them will be changed forever by this trip. Cody is a fun loving boy who loves to goof off, but he wants to prove himself to his demanding father. Sophie loves the sea, but she fears it as well, and facing the sea personally will help her to uncover a piece of her forgotten past.
The first time that I read “The Wanderer,” I was highly impressed by Sharon Creech's voice and character development. The plot is very rich and the interrelationships between the six characters who must live in close quarters on the small sailboat make the story interesting. “The Wanderer” is about an epic journey, but the most sublime and important things, I think, happen on the small scale, in the Wanderer's confines.
Sharon Creech's “The Wanderer” is an admirable Newberry Honor book that I would definitely recommend to you.
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