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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (751 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Hesse Narrator: David Cole Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2002 ISBN: 9780807210048
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In 1767, 11-year-old Nicholas Young stowed away on Captain James Cook’s “Endeavour.” Cook’s three-year mission was secret: he was charged by the British Navy to search for a lost continent, believed to be located between the southern tip of South America and New Zealand. Young’s journal charts the voyage and with every port of call a new adventure awaits. This is the story of a great voyage of discovery seen through the eyes of a boy who was actually there.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tammy | 2/15/2014

    " This book drug on FOREVER it seemed. Maybe it would have been okay as a reader, but as a read-aloud book it was just too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jodee | 2/13/2014

    " This was more master and commander than pirates of the carribean. It was told in a journal entry type reading. If I hadn't been listening to it on CD I don't know if I would have finished. Sailing is a rough and hard life. It was a good story and did have moments of excitement but overall was just a narrative that didn't really keep me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 2/12/2014

    " It's always fun to see what form Karen Hesse's books might take from free prose in Out of the Dust to journal in Stowaway. The book is a fictionalized journal based on a real stowaway on an actual voyage of Captain James Cook. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting, but slow (but then again, so was the 3 year around-the-world journey described). I'm not sure I would recommend it to my 5th grade students...but we might read excerpts during our exploration unit to get a picture of living on a ship. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Natalie Rice | 2/7/2014

    " This was a pretty good read as far as diary accounts go. Quite entertaining fiction. However it was somewhat narrow in its story and geared for a younger audience. Easy and quick book that doesn't take much thought or analysis. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jack | 2/4/2014

    " me and my mom tried to read it but didn't succeed. too long/ boring im sorry Karen Hesse im sorry "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Camille | 1/27/2014

    " This book was so boring that I just stopped reading it halfway through. It put me to sleep "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 1/22/2014

    " 5 stars to me means that I want to own this book. And I do. For its genre - middle grade historical fiction - I thought it was fantastic. There was character development and growth, the story itself is fascinating, and I like the diary format. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/18/2014

    " This story was a great way to show students the adventures of a real person that stowed away on the Endeavor. It was very long, but the story would be able to keep the interest of children. They will be able to relate to the character and learn lessons along the way. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 1/13/2014

    " Totally enjoy this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " This was a good historical fiction told from the perspective of an 12-year-old stowaway on Captain Cook's boat Endeavor on his first journey around the world. It was interesting to see through his eyes all the adventures, hardships, and travels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pepsi | 12/12/2013

    " This book is filled with adventure and excitement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 11/18/2013

    " An interesting read despite being a kid's book. I learned a lot! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danae | 11/17/2013

    " Quite interesting, a little depressing, an enjoyable trip I am glad I did not really have to take! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Claudia | 11/9/2013

    " One of the worst books I have ever read. Slow, boring, tedious, any other adjectives to describe wanting to tear the book to pieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emmy | 10/24/2013

    " I didn't like this book so much. The beginning good, the middle is boring, and the ending is sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 3/31/2013

    " Mediocre. Lots of historical background. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mrs Bond | 1/3/2013

    " Pace was a bit too slow. Perhaps I should not venture a long sea voyage... Otherwise, filled with great details -- reader will certainly come away with knowledge of what it was like to be on Captain Cook's Endeavor. Useful appendices: glossary, ship's company and ship's itinerary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 N.S.A. (Search for the Truth) | 11/29/2012

    " Its great, but its slow in the begining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Manz | 11/13/2012

    " This book was exciting and sad. I would recommend it to middle school students. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ashley | 9/25/2012

    " I thought it was a pretty good book. I don't know why he would stowaway on a ship and risk being killed, but otherwise, it was really good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 8/22/2012

    " Wow, good book. Umm... learned a lot about sailing terms. This is probably the best historical fiction book I have ever read. About a boy named Nicholas that stows away on Endeavor and is found. He becomes an able-bodied sailer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharon Zink | 5/26/2012

    " I read this book because it is by Karen Hesse, who is a good writer. This book was in diary form, and it was hard to sustain my interest. It is about the voyage by Captain Cook when he discovered australia. "

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About the Author
Author Karen Hesse

Karen Hesse is the author of some fifteen books for children, and was recently awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” for her contribution to literature for children and young adults. Her many novels have garnered considerable success, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the IRA/YA Award, 5 Notable Books for Children, 4 Best Books for Young Adults, and the Newberry Medal. Hesse has spent many years promoting her books to the school market, and is well-known in classrooms throughout the country. She and her husband, Randy, live in Brattleboro, Vermont.