Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

I have chosen a very special book for my first review.  Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham received the Newbery Medal, and it well deserves it.

Based on the true life story of Nathaniel Bowditch, a young boy who was self-educated, this book details his journey from boyhood to manhood.  Bowditch was best know for writing the "Sailor's Bible" (The American Practical Navigator).

This book contains nothing objectionable whatsoever and is a wonderful read for middle school and up.  The fast-pace of the story also makes it wonderful for reading aloud.  Boys will probably find this book more interesting than girls, due to the nature of the sea adventures, but I enjoyed this very much myself as a young teen girl.

Genre:  Biography, nautical, adventure
Rating: ***** (five stars)
Possible Objectionable Content:  None
Reading Level:  Middle School and up


ladyfelicity said...

I'm in my twenties and I still enjoy reading "Carry On, Mr Bowditch"! It's such a good book - and while being easy and fun to read, it's such a good lesson ... whatever comes your way, pick yourrself up and try again. Nat feels like a friend after many readings! :)

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