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Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Animal Attraction by Jamie Ponti
The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
Atlantis Gate by Greg Donegan
Best-Loved Art From American Museums by Patricia Failing
Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Counterfeit Gentleman by Clarence Budington Kelland
Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment by M. Rickert
Falling Angel by Eugene Mirabelli
Fatal Vows by Joseph Hosey
Finders Seekers by Gayle Greeno
A Foreign Country by Wayne Wightman
Gentle Giant Octopus by Karen Wallace
It's About Your Friend by Phillip Scott
Leave by Robert Reed
The Liar by Stephen Fry
Love and Sand by Howard M. Layton
Mort by Terry Pratchett
The Only Known Jump Across Time by Eugene Mirabelli
Pinkalicious by Elizabeth and Victoria Kann
Planetesimal Dawn by Tim Sullivan
Requiem of the Author of Frankenstein by Molly Dwyer
Ring of Hell by Matthew Randazzo V
The Scarecrow's Boy by Michael Swanwick
Strike Anywhere by Dean Young
Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce
Waiting for the Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Walking the Rainbow by Richard René Silvin
The World I Imagine by Debbie Jordan
Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins


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4 stars: Good but flawed
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2 stars: OK
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Comments for Captains Courageous

Captains CourageousCaptains Courageous: 11/19/08

I usually picture Indian settings when I think of Rudyard Kipling. His 1896 novel Captains Courageous has nothing to do with India. For the most part, it's set mostly on the Atlantic Ocean on the schooner "We're Here."

What the book shares with the more typical Kipling fare is a young boy as a protagonist. In this case, the boy is fifteen year old Harvey Cheyne the spoiled son of a railroad tycoon based in California.

Harvey falls over board and ends up on the schooner during fishing season along the Grand Banks. Young Harvey spends the season learning how to fish. Along with the fishing he learns responsibility.

I enjoyed most of the novel but the time at sea seemed to drag on too long. The sea chapters are padding with a number of sea shanties. Kipling did a good a job of showing how multicultural the fishing industry was and how sailors would need to know a handful of languages well enough to communicate with the other ships. Yet, Captains Courageous doesn't seem like a Kipling novel; it reads more like a parody of a Joseph C. Lincoln novel.

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