Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to the desolate Pea Island off North Carolina's coast after his mother's death. Life on the island at the end of the 19th century is far from quiet, and Nathan finds work alongside the African-American crew of the nearby U.S. Life-Saving Station. But post-Civil War racism starts to show itself, ...
Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to the desolate Pea Island off North Carolina's coast after his mother's death. Life on the island at the end of the 19th century is far from quiet, and Nathan finds work alongside the African-American crew of the nearby U.S. Life-Saving Station. But post-Civil War racism starts to show itself, affecting Nathan's dreams.
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the suspense in this book is so envigorating. When the Emma C. Cotton wrecked, the boy helped pull the surfboat to the wreck area and watched as the surfman followed their job. even though they didn't alert the oregon inlet surfman of the wreck, they still did their job right before the waves took the boat after the last man was taken ashore. then later on the boy realizes that his dream of becoming a surfman is pointless so he starts working with his father more often, showing that he wants to be a fisherman helper. the excitement of this book will keep you on your toes, and make you never want to put the book down! i read this book and i went 3 days straight during school reading it when i had time; because this book had plenty of excitement. later in the book the boy "nathan" is injured after disobeying Mr. Browser and jumping into the surfboat. the boy is catapulted from the surfboat and slams into the sea. then he is hit forcefully in the head by a blunt floating object. when he comes back to after the incident the first words he says are straight from a medical book! hows that for an enterance? well enough of me giving the book away. if you want to hear more, why not buy the book? it will keep you guessing, and it would take you a good 6 to 9 hours to read. enjoy.
Publishers Weekly, 2000-12-18 Carbone (Stealing Freedom) bases her inspiring and little-known tale on actual rescues made by seven courageous African-Americans during the late 1800s on Pea Island, on the Outer Banks of N.C. The island acted as the base for a division of the United States Life-Saving Service (precursor to the Coast Guard). Twelve-year-old narrator Nathan lives close to the station with his grandfather and widower father, both fishermen who often assist in the rescues. From the outset, Nathan outlines the cause of racial tension between the Pea Island crewmen and the nearby Oregon Inlet crewmen ("Grandpa says they have the same surnames because back before the war the granddaddies and great-granddaddies of the Oregon Inlet crew used to own the granddaddies and great-granddaddies of the Pea Island crew, and they shared their family names with their slaves") and sets the stage for several incidents that discourage the boy's dream of someday joining Pea Island's Life-Saving crew, the only such crew manned by African-Americans. Yet the determined boy pores over books he finds in the station's library, learning about rescue procedures and first aid, proves himself a competent helper in sea rescues and eventually finds his own calling. Though a surfeit of detail occasionally encumbers the story's pace and weakens its impact, Carbone includes some suspenseful descriptions of the rescue crew's feats, and the affecting passages between Nathan and his loving grandfather are the novel's greatest strength. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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