The True Adventures of Charley Darwin (Paperback)

By Carolyn Meyer

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9780547415642, 336pp.

Publication Date: February 22, 2011

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (1/26/2009)

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Young Charley Darwin hated school—he much preferred to be outside studying birds’ eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined.
     Historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures of the author of the legendary book The Origin of Species. It’s the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.

About the Author

Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at

Praise For The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

"Fans of Jane Austen–style prose will be rewarded with an utterly authentic chronicle of thwarted romance and grueling exploration. . . . Those already interested in Darwinism will find his early inklings of natural selection and doubts about religion fascinating; there are plenty of vivid historical details that will keep most other readers entertained as well."--Booklist
"Told from Charley’s point of view, this creative biography offers a fresh perspective on a man whose work the world has celebrated, albeit one who most readers know very little of as a person. . . . both inspires and informs its readers."--Children's Literature