Oh, what a book! This wonderful true story tells of a boy in difficult circumstances, coming from a home with problems, who rises far above his situation and becomes world-known for saving countless sailors from a watery grave due to his calculations and his authorship of The American Practical Navigator. The story is easy to read and enjoy, but inspires us to study hard, follow our dreams and be determined in our goals. A beautiful study of persistance, set in the days of Salem's shipping industry. For young adults. Paperback, 251 pages. A Newbery Award book.