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During World War II, a German agent landed in Canada from a U-boat. Curtis Parkinson has used this true historical event to tell a fast-paced, exciting story. Sixteen-year-old Scott and his friend Adam find summer jobs as deckhands on the Rapids Prince, a ship that plies the waters between the town of Prescott, on the St. Lawrence River, and Montreal. Scott overhears conviDuring World War II, a German agent landed in Canada from a U-boat. Curtis Parkinson has used this true historical event to tell a fast-paced, exciting story. Sixteen-year-old Scott and his friend Adam find summer jobs as deckhands on the Rapids Prince, a ship that plies the waters between the town of Prescott, on the St. Lawrence River, and Montreal. Scott overhears convincing information that a German agent is actually on board the boat. He has a good reason for not telling anybody, but his silence eventually leads him into more trouble than he can imagine, including a possible murder and a kidnapping. It is up to the boys to expose the agent in order to save the Rapids Prince and the innocent passengers on board. Curtis Parkinson has written an impossible-to-put-down novel that combines history with high adventure....

Title : Man Overboard!
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ISBN : 9781770492981
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Man Overboard! Reviews

  • Alex Baugh
    2019-03-05 10:52

    Man Overboard! is a novel whose opening action takes place on the very real Rapids Prince, one of several large steamships which ran the rapids on the St. Lawrence between Prescott and Montreal, Canada before the St. Lawrence Seaway was built. Though dangerous when it passed through the maelstrom, the trip was otherwise routine. So, when high school friends Scott and Adam took summer jobs as deckhands on the Rapids Prince, they never expected to have the kind of adventure it turned out to be, and all because of Scott’s passion for a Packard Twelve Touring Sedan and a delicious piece of apple pie with ice cream.It all started when the chauffeur driven car arrived at the dock and a a very wealthy-looking man got out and boarded the Rapids Prince under the name G. Phillip Dale. Scott wanted to take a look at the car, and asked the chauffeur, named Twitch, if it would be OK. Twitch promptly told Scott to get lost. Meanwhile, Adam, now a waiter instead of a deckhand, slipped the apple pie to Scott. Looking for a quiet place to eat it, Scott decided to sit on the car’s running board.That was when he overheard the conversation between Twitch and Mr. Dale who was really named Mr. Vandam. Vandam was telling Twitch that their contact, Heinrik, was being followed, presumably by a government agent. Vandam and Heinrik plan to deal with this agent onboard the Rapids Prince, while Twitch takes the car to Montreal.Things went smoothly onboard ship until it reached the beginning of the maelstrom, the most turbulent part of the rapids, when someone suddenly screamed “Man Overboard!” Turns out, it was Canadian Agent Dereck Patterson, a name Scott recognized from the overheard conversation between Vandam and Twitch.What to do? Tell the Captain or police why he was on the running board of a car would mean getting both Adam and himself in trouble, maybe even fired, and the Captain’s temper was legendary. To make matters worse, the German spies had seen him running from the car and knew what he looked like. Scott hoped that they were no longer interested in him, but when the boat docked in Montreal that hope was dashed. Yet, the spies managed to capture Adam instead, threatening to hurt him if Scott told anyone what he knew. As the Packard drove off with Adam inside, Scott jumped on the back and held on for dear life in an attempt find out where the spies were hiding out.Parkinson based Man Overboard! not just on the real Rapids Prince, and his first hand knowledge of the area in which the story takes place, but also on reports about the German spies who really did enter Canada via submarine on three different occasions during World War II, just as they has in the United States, and were quickly arrested These unsuccessful attempts to infiltrate the US and Canada always make such good fictionalized adventure stories and Man Overboard! doesn’t disappoint on that score.What I liked most about Man Overboard! was that it reminded me of some of the books I read growing up, books like the Hardy Boys. The characters aren’t particularly deep, but they don’t have to be, what counts is the action. And there is plenty of that. It is an exciting, fast paced action packed story from beginning to end that is sure to please middle grade readers, particularly boys.And right now, there is still time to sign up to win 1 of 2 copies of Man Overboard! on Goodreads courtesy of the publisher. The giveaway runs from January 10, 2012 to February 10, 2012. You can enter to win a copy hereThis book is recommended for readers age 10-12This was was received as an E-ARC from

  • Bookworm1858
    2019-02-23 17:09

    This book caught my eye when I noticed that it was set during WWII; I didn't really read beyond that but I figured boating and war is an interesting combination.Thus I got to be surprised to discover that this book is set in Canada on a riverboat between Prescott and Montreal where two best friends have secured jobs for the summer of 1943 as most of the other men are off at war. Scott and Adam become involved in preventing German espionage, inspired by the real-life fact of German agents arriving in Canada to promote their war effort.In the beginning, everything happens very quickly. Scott accidentally stumbles upon the secret German agents and is threatened, an Allied agent "falls" overboard, and Adam is kidnapped in place of Scott as leverage to keep Scott quiet. Then there felt like a rather long stretch of the novel where Scott worried about what to do and Adam held tight while waiting for an opportunity to escape. For the end though it picked up as they scrambled to rescue Adam and to prevent anything bad from stopping the Canadian war effort.On the surface, this was a really fun book with some cool historical facts and great villains-I am always in favor of making Nazis the bad guys because they are the quintessential bad guys of the twentieth-century (this also holds true for movies: see the good Indiana Jones films and the recent Captain America). But Adam and Scott did not feel like real people to me; they were just characters doing x in service of y plot line. Generally when I love a book, it is because of the passion the characters inspire in me and this book just didn't have it.Overall: A fun historical story about a lesser-discussed part of WWII.Cover: I really like the bold font for the title and author-I think it calls out to the reader and grabs the attention.

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2019-03-05 14:06

    Reason for Reading: Sounded like a book my seafaring adventure loving son would enjoy. Plus I had not heard of this Canadian author before and yet he has written a handful of books!A very satisfying book! This book is mostly going to be enjoyed by a specific audience. Boys from the ages of 10 to 12. However the main characters are around sixteen, with girlfriends, thus it will also appeal to reluctant teen readers. The plot is an action-packed adventure without too much time for character development but enough to get a sense of where these teens come from, what type of families, the kind of upbringing they've had and their character. No time is wasted with introductory passages. The reader is set right into the story as Scott overhears information about a German spy aboard the ship upon which he works. What ensues is typical action/adventure as he and his friend Adam get involved. Sneaking around at night, getting kidnapped, blindfolded, lives threatened, hearing plans of a bombing and a daring escape to save not only their ship but the future of the war effort at home. A patriotic story with some fascinating WWII history for teens who may not have learned just how close the Germans came to Canada during the war. It is a matter of record that German U-boats landed German spies on Canadian soil on at least three separate occasions. I'm saving this one for a bedtime read for ds; it will be right up his alley and have him on the edge of his seat.

  • Shelley
    2019-02-24 12:50

    In July of 1943, Adam and his friend Scott take jobs on the Rapids Prince to make some money during the summer. Adam moves up to a server in the ship's dining room and Scott works as a deckhand by the always find ways to spend their time together. When Scott overhears a suspicious conversation about Nazis who are planning to block the St. Lawrence River in Cananda, he realizes he has been spotted and he is in danger. Adam comes to his aid and creates a diversion so he can get away but Adam is captured instead. This is only the beginning of their story.This book has the fast paced action that draws in boys from ages 10-adult. Its story is also rooted in fact when German agents were reported to be coming into Canada on U-boats and trying to find ways to help the war effort in Germany by infiltrating the United States. The content is written in a way that even a novice of boating can understand though their is quiet of bit of mariner terminology. The story was good, the pace was excellent and the chapters were not to long that they could be read in small quips. The content is clean and I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up.

  • Christina
    2019-03-06 16:05

    An excellent action-packed adventure novel, great for middle-grade boys who like a story to start right off with the action, no waiting around for slow character or setting-building. Right off the bat we are on a ship cruising the rapids of the St. Lawrence River, and someone is about to fall overboard, and our hero, Scott, 16, a deckhand on the ship, is afraid to reveal that he knows there is a Nazi spy on board! Whew! And away we go! The book is long on action--spies, double agents, kidnapping, thugs, and some nautical adventures--and short on character development for any of the side characters (Scott's girlfriend Lindsay is nice, but you know nothing about her; his best friend Adam, also 16 and a waiter on the ship, falls in love with a French girl who is given a name and helpful nature but not much else). But that's okay, it's a lot of fun, a story about a little-seen aspect of World War II, with a Canadian twist as the action takes place in Canadian towns along the northern border of the river. I would recommend it for boys in 4th-6th grades or older low-level high interest readers.

  • Hilary
    2019-03-12 14:06

    Curtis Parkinson lives on a sailboat and uses his knowledge about sailing as the basis for several of his nautical novels for young adults. In “Man Overboard!” 16-year-old Scott and his friend Adam score summer jobs as deckhands on the “Rapids Prince,” a hip that travels between Montreal and Prescott, a town on the St. Lawrence River. When Adam stumbles onto information about a German agent, he decide not to tell anybody. Adam is afraid that if the captain finds out where Adam was when he overheard the conversation, he will lose his job. His silence leads to trouble, including a possible murder and a kidnapping. The innocent passengers on board the “Rapids Prince,” are in jeopardy unless the boys expose the agent, who may have planted a bomb on board the ship. Will they be in time?Reminiscent of the Hardy Boys mysteries, Parkinson has written a fast-paced, gripping tale that is sure to engage teen readers. Drawing on elements of a true historical event, the plot provides clues at a pace guaranteed to keep young mystery lovers turning the pages.

  • Joanna
    2019-02-22 18:14

    Compared to the other ratings and comments this book got, I feel like it was a let-down. The characters were flat, the story predictable, and the "action" was unsatisfying. I'm normally not one to read historical-fiction, and I can see why. The premise of this book is great but the execution lacked. We had characters introduced who are never mentioned again, yet have significant importance to the plot of the story. One of these was the red-haired man who not only saves Scott once, but twice! He's an FBI agent who you think would help but disappears about two chapters after being introduced. It shouldn't irk me as much, seeing as how this book was intended for boys from 11-14 and I'm a 17 year old female, but it does. I'm sorry but this book could have been so much better.

  • Carmen
    2019-03-24 17:45

    I received this book as a giveaway. When the package first got here, my 11-year-old son stole it out of my hands, saying, "Finally, a book for me!" He disappeared for half a day, and when he emerged he made me order Curtis Parkinson's older books so he could read those as well. I also enjoyed this young adult book - it was fast-paced, full of dilemma, mystery, and a wee bit of romance - just right for a boy of a certain age. The combination of ships, Nazis, kidnapping, and a diabolical plan were spot on. Is he an author I would read more? No. But for my boys, he is the kind of writer that I will direct them toward.

  • Les Gehman
    2019-02-26 13:07

    Man Overboard! by Curtis Parkinson is a very nice young adult mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The mystery isn't particularly deep, or mysterious, but Parkinson still manages to impart tension and suspense to the reader. It is a relatively short book (152 pages) so there isn't a lot of room for plot twists, but still Parkinson manages to effect a sense of suspense and excitement about the mysterious German agent. A good read for young adults.

  • Mark Nenadov
    2019-03-15 11:49

    Man Overboard! is a fairly fun juvenile story set in Canada in 1943. Through the characters Scott and Adam and others, Curtis Parkinson weaves a World War II era tale that mixes friendship, summer jobs, and the threat of Nazi spies. Even though, being 30-something, I'm not close to being within the intended target age of this book, I find this book actually quite endearing and for the most part well-written. There were certainly a handful of eye-rolling moments where the book's plot simply stretched the boundaries of the plausible, but overall not bad at all!

  • Rachel Seigel
    2019-03-04 14:45

    This was a decent read, but not as exciting or "unputdownable" as I was expecting. Based on historical fact, but not a particular event, there wasn't enough substance to it to really draw me in. If someone hands this to a kid, they will be engaged enough to keep reading, but it won't blow anybody away.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-01 15:07

    Good elementary read. Isaac even listened to a few chapters.

  • Alice
    2019-03-16 16:06

    fast-paced adventure that had me on the edge of my seat until the end! Just the right length for reluctant readers.

  • Sarah Horner
    2019-03-12 10:09

    Quick read, fast paced, and a peak into a piece of Canadian History.