Today we hear from Bookbabbler Emily…
The Edge of Nowhere – John E Smelcer
This is an astonishing tale of survival; a poignant Robinson Crusoe story, based on true events. When Seth and his dog, Tucker, are washed overboard from his father’s fishing boat during a torrential storm, they are assumed drowned. But by good fortune, Seth and Tucker make it safely to one of the hundreds of islands that line the Alaskan coast. Over many months, the boy and his dog make their way, island by island, towards home, while Seth’s desperate father never gives up hope. Along the way, Seth learns many hard lessons about survival, and even harder lessons about himself.
The book called The Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer is different from other books that I have read and really a very peculiar book. A boy and his dog fall overboard a boat,and spend a long period of time trying to return to their village. Unlike most books I have read, there is not a lot of adventure or lots of characters. The story is mostly about the thoughts going through the main character’s head.
Although is was not what I was expecting there were quite a few bits I really liked. An interesting part is that he remembers old phrases in a different language that his Grandmother told him. I liked that his dad was so loyal, never giving up hope that his son is out there somewhere while everyone else thought he was dead.
People will need a wide vocabulary to tackle this book. I think older boys may prefer this book more than girls would. I personally would not read this book again. My rating is 5/10 as I thought The Edge of Nowhere was an average book.
Thanks, Emily and thanks to Andersen Press for the book.