Oliver's Surprise: A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938 (Paperback)
A Boy, a Schooner, and the Great Hurricane of 1938
GemmaMedia, 9781934848623, 150pp.
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
Longing to feel closer to his favorite grandfather, Oliver skips school on a sparkling September afternoon and hides out on a tired schooner. When he wakes up on the ways of his grandfather's boatyard and realizes he's been transported back to 1938, he must decide what to do before the dangerous hurricane he'd been studying in school hits. While the main character is a 12 year old boy, Oliver's story, and the story of a powerful weather event that still reverberates along the east coast, is more than appropriate for an adult audience. Written by a 2004 Olympian in sailing, this charming story includes 8 original illustrations, a glossary of nautical terms and a short history of the Great Hurricane of 1938 that devastated the eastern seaboard. The revised edition includes more photographs, maps, a History of Coastal Schooners and is accompanied by a new Teacher's Guide.