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Powder monkey

By: Dowswell, Paul

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Part of the The adventures of Sam Witchall series
074759595X / 9780747595953
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20 cm 275 p. : 1 ill.
Children's (6-12)  Learn More
Reprint. Originally published: 2005.

Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world.

He seizes the chance to join a merchant ship, but soon discovers that a life at sea is harsh and often short, especially when his ship is attacked by a French privateer.

About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, but the privateers are driven off by the appearance of a Royal Navy ship.

Sam's relief is short-lived. Soon after, another Navy ship sends over a press gang, and he is forced to join the frigate Miranda.

War with France and Spain is raging and Sam is caught in the middle with a dangerous job as a powder monkey in the company of a brutal crew.

This is an amazingly well-researched adventure giving a glimpse of one boy's incredible life at sea.


5AK Interest age: from c 9 years, YFC Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), YFT Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)

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