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Title:
The journal of Brian Doyle : a greenhorn on an Alaskan whaling ship
Author:
Murphy, Jim, 1947-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
188 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Summary:
In 1874, Brian Doyle records in his diary how he ran away from his home in San Francisco, joined the crew of a whaling ship, and endured storms, hostile shipmates, and being stranded in the Arctic.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
970 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.9 6.0 76348.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 6.4 11 Quiz: 34518 Guided reading level: W.
ISBN:
9780439078146
Format :
Book

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Summary

Jim Murphy once again writes an exciting story of a young boy on the cusp of a great, and sometimes violent, world. Jonathan Dodge has run away from his father's house, fleeing his father's wrathful punishments. He signs on as a greenhorn, a sailor on an Alaskan whaling ship. On the high seas Jonathan finds more adventure and danger than one boy could have hoped for.


Author Notes

Jim Murphy is the celebrated author of more than thirty-five books for young readers, most notably TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING and THE GREAT FIRE, a Newbery Honor Winner. His carefully researched, engaging, and elegantly written nonfiction has garnered the most prestigious awards in the field. He lives in Maplewood, New Jersey, with his wife and their two sons.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Brian Doyle, 14, decides he has had enough of his alcoholic, abusive father and leaves San Francisco to sign on to a whaling ship. From the beginning, the voyage appears to be plagued by bad luck: the sailors find very few whales and must journey to the frigid, dangerous seas around Alaska. Brian's journal details the trials of living aboard the Florence, including the clash of personalities, bad weather, an incompetent captain, and the illness and death of some crewmembers. When they enter the Bering Strait and the ice closes around the ship, the sailors must abandon the vessel and split up with the lifeboats. When Brian's group reaches land, he sets off on his own to look for a settlement and brings back help to rescue the rest of the men. Murphy does a good job of combining a gripping adventure with Brian's coming-of-age experience and plenty of meaty details about shipboard life and whaling in the 1870s. A small selection of photos is included, and a historical note provides interesting information about the whaling industry.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library District, IL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.