Stormstruck! (Hardcover)

By John Macfarlane

Holiday House, 9780823433940, 160pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2015

List Price: 16.95*
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Twelve-year-old Sam is convinced that his parents plan to have Pogo, their elderly and infirm Labrador retriever, put down. To save Pogo, Sam sets sail with the dog on a fourteen-foot catboat, heading for an island off the coast of Maine. The elements conspire against them as they move from one danger to another: blinding fog, lurking sharks, a gathering storm. Sam summons unimaginable courage and admirable ingenuity to meet each challenge, helped along the way by Pogo's loyalty, a one-eyed cormorant, a retired ornithologist and a lifetime of good nautical advice from his older brother.

About the Author

John Macfarlane, a United States Navy veteran, former commercial fisherman and advertising copywriter, has written books and stories for adults and young readers, all with nautical themes. He has sailed the same waters Sam did in Stormstruck! He and his wife live in Franklin, Massachusetts, where for many years they shared their home with a beloved yellow Lab who was the inspiration for Pogo.