The House of Windjammer

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Bloomsbury USA, May 30, 2006 - Juvenile Fiction - 352 pages
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In the autumn of 1636, tulip fever is sweeping Amsterdam, and Europe's fortunes rise and fall with the promise of the New World. That year, the great Dutch family of Windjammer suffers the loss of their entire trading fleet and they face certain ruin. The only person who can save the family's home, fortune, and reputation is Adam, the family's young heir. But he faces many enemies encouraged by the despicable banker Hugo van Helsen, and stirred up by the wicked preacher Abner Heems. Only one hope remains:a dark secret, a rare treasure called the Black Pearl. It is not the precious jewel that Adam imagines, but a flower:a tulip:one of the rarest and most valuable. In fact, it is worth enough money at the height of tulip fever to save the House of Windjammer. Adam is determined to find this hidden treasure, but he is not the only one on a mission to find the Black Pearl.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Stronger on 17th-century historical detail than plot or character, this overblown series opener stars a dimwitted, unlikable Amsterdam teenager who suddenly finds himself heir to a family business ... Read full review

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User Review  - clue - LibraryThing

A YA book that takes place in Amsterdam in 1636. The story revolves around the young heir to the once mighty House of Windjammer and how he saves the family's fortune and reputation after the death of ... Read full review


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V. A. Richardson had the idea for writing The House of Windjammer when he visited an exhibition of Dutch paintings. He lives in London.

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