Heroes of the Surf

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Viking, 2012 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
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Adventure on the high seas!

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!"

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!

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User Review  - abbylibrarian - LibraryThing

An imagined story based on a true event, this book tells about brave members of the Life-Saving Service who watched the coast during rough weather, saving people aboard the British steamship Pliny ... Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Based on a true story of shipwreck and rescue, Carbone's tale is leavened with narration by Anthony, a venturesome lad whose penchant for playing pirates helps him through the harrowing event.It's ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Elisa Carbone lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Hendricks, West Virginia.

Nancy Carpenter lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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