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Windcatcher
Simon & Schuster, 1991
 
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Windcatcher

Tony can hardly believe it. He's sailing with the wind, maneuvering through the narrow channels between the offshore islands with amazing skill. And he's just learned to sail! But suddenly Tony is confused. Which way had he come? Which way is he headed? And who are the mysterious couple with the high-powered motor boat who are too busy searching beneath the water to answer his call for help?

Tony does some searching on his own. What he discovers leads him on a daring hunt for a 200-year-old shipwreck … and a dangerous confrontation with treasure hunters who will stop at nothing to keep Tony from learning their secret.

Behind the Book

Avi writes: I once shared a house on a small lake. We had a small—one-person—sailboat, in which I loved to mess about. It was exactly like the boat in Windcatcher. I also find maps fun to study. It was by looking at maps that I found the Thimble Islands—off the coast of Connecticut. I loved the name, loved the individual names of the islands. In my head I put together the adventure story of the boy, the boat, and the islands. But I do have a confession to make: I’ve never actually been to the Thimble Islands. But then, sometimes imaginary islands are better than the real ones.

Awards and Honors

Bank Street Teachers College, One of the Best Books of the Year, 1991

Review

“… a potent brew of mystery and adventure in this tale of an 11-year-old boy involved in a search for a centuries-old shipwreck.” (Publishers Weekly)

 
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