Mother and I have just concluded a whirlwind of book signings during the Marblehead Christmas Walk and we want to thank everyone who has welcomed our book with such enthusiasm.
Below you will find a few reactions from early readers. If you are looking for a Holiday gift for someone who loves history or adventure or just a good story, please consider giving them a voyage to the Grand Banks of Newfoundland. Just don’t wait too long. Our ship is leaving port soon!
"A Terrific Book” (First Review on Amazon)
This is a terrific book, and not just for kids. It tells the story of a fishing voyage from Marblehead in the latter 1800s with accurate and evocative detail. In many ways it is more engrossing and more realistic in its characters than Kipling's Captains Courageous, which is the only predecessor in its class. Although told from the point of view of a 16 year old, the old salts aboard are fully drawn, and have their own experiences. Clamber aboard from your armchair for a satisfying and informative experience. (John Kimball, author of Disasters Etc., the Maritime World of Marblehead, 1815-1865.
"A Fabulous Story"
Thank you for writing such a fabulous story. . . . It is a moving story of people caring for each other, with the tensions of camaraderie, coming of age, accusation, covetousness, and affection beautifully woven together. Thanks for a great read and educational adventure. . . . While not a children's book only, it is certainly a fabulous read that any young person can appreciate.
(Head of University Libraries, with special interest in Children's Literature; formerly at the Libra)ry of Congress)
"A Story that Every Marbleheader Should Read!"
Just a short note to let you know how much I appreciated reading your book. Although I have read many other books about Marblehead and its wonderful history, Molly Waldo captures Marblehead history and spirit in a unique an thoroughly entertaining way. ... It is truly a story that every Marbleheader should read! (Resident of Front Street in Marblehead, MA -- Locale of home of J.O.J. Frost)
If going to sea in the chilly north Atlantic is not your cup of tea, remember you can always go to the sunny south with Until Brazil.
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Wherever December finds you, I wish you a wonderful holiday season and the very best in 2014!