The Wanderer, by Sharon Creech

“The sea, the sea, the sea. It rolled and rolled and called to me. Come in, it said, Come in.” Sophie hears the sea calling to her, promising adventure as she sets sail for England with her three uncles and two cousins. All boys.

Cody, the second cousin, is just as enthusiastic for adventure as she is. His one chance to prove he is capable and helpful to his father, who never takes him seriously.

As the crew battles the ocean to reach their grandfather, Sophie manages to offer what none of the men expected. As they sail towards England, each person learns something about each other, the world, and themselves.


Sorry to disappoint you, but this is not really an adventure story. Less adventure, more feeling. And no, it isn’t historical fiction. I can’t exactly remember why exactly they decided to sail, other than why not?

This book….it has always left a deep impression on me. It is written with a lot of emotion poured into it, and is a good balance between dialogue and lyrical-ness. The conversation was so deep and moving it always manages to make me cry. Yes, I have read it quite a few times. It’s the kind of book in which I always keep a bookmark at my favorite parts.

A great read for both boys and girls. Probably not a good read-aloud, as it is written in diary form.

Definitely my favorite Sharon Creech book, except for maybe the Castle Corona, which was just a little wittier.

Overall Rating: 5/5

Violence: 1/10

Language: 0/10 (maybe?)

Inappropriateness/Romance: 1/10

Audience: Ages 10 and up


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