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It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S "Endeavour," beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by the name of Nicholas Young was a stowaway on that ship....

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ISBN : 9780689871207
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Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Stowaway Reviews

  • Will Byrnes
    2018-10-15 00:50

    Stowaway is a YA book my wife picked up for my kids...back when they were kids. This is a journal format book, in which the pre-teen (11) Nicholas Young stows away on the first of Captain Cook’s journeys of discovery. We are treated to a first hand experience of the sights seen, the dangers endured, the people met. The events are reported in a pleasant style, with appropriate language that might have been used by a youngster. I have no way of telling if the dialect is appropriate for the time, or if it was evened out for the twenty first century audience. It was an enjoyable and quick read that provided enough payload to justify the journey. This seems a pretty decent introduction for young readers to a fascinating period in history. Karen Hesse - from ScholasticIf this appeals, check out her site. Hesse has written a lot of YA books that look at history from a young person's perspective. She is a Newbery winner and a MacArthur fellow.

  • Emma Jane
    2018-09-23 23:59

    This was an interesting historical read. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it so much if I wasn't so fascinated by 18th century ships and crews, but if you're interested in that sort of thing I'd recommend it! :-) Not a very happy book, that's for sure; lots of hardships, some talk of savagery, lots and lots of people dying. (Seriously, in the last twenty pages or so, they were dropping like flies! What even!) I REALLY like the character of Nicholas Young, though. He was an engaging narrator and I found myself very invested in him. I was happy with the way he grew in character and integrity on his grueling three-year voyage. In short, I liked it a lot. :-)

  • Madison Jones
    2018-09-28 05:48

    Stowaway is the fictionalized story of the amazing adventures of a real-life boy named Nicholas Young. Only a few facts are known about the real Nicholas Young: 1) he really did stow away on Captain Cook's voyage around the world when he was 11 years old; 2) when he was discovered, Captain Cook commissioned him into the Royal Navy and made him assistant to the ship's surgeon aboard the Endeavour 3) he was the first person on Captain Cook's ship to spot New Zealand; 4) when he grew up, he explored the Antarctic. From these sketchy but fascinating facts, Hesse spins a thoroughly researched yarn, filling in all the blanks to write a complete picture of Captain Cook's voyage, through the eyes of young Nicholas, from August 1768 to July 1771. Nicholas is an educated boy who can read and write. But he runs away from Reverend Smythe's school because the reverend is a cruel man. Then Nicholas's father apprentices him to a butcher, who beats the boy. So Nicholas runs away again. He bribes three seamen to smuggle him aboard a ship ready to set sail, which turns out to be the Endeavour, and he hides in a small landing boat aboard ship. It's cramped and smelly, and even though it's covered, it is not weatherproof. Nicholas's only company, except for the sailors who helped him, are the goat, pigs, and chickens penned nearby. But Nicholas sticks it out for weeks, until it's safe to show himself without being left at port somewhere and returned to England. Nicholas spends three years aboard one of history's most famous ships, an eyewitness participant in a once-in-a-lifetime voyage. He grows from a boy to a young man. What does he learn about himself? What will he decide to do when the voyage is over? Reading Stowaway will bring your history books alive. And you will want to know what happens to Nicholas.

  • Diane
    2018-10-18 01:37

    This is a young adult novel about Captain Cook’s 1768-71 voyage to the South Seas and around the world on the ship Endeavour. The author found documentation that a boy, Nicholas Young, about age 11 had stowed away on the Endeavour. The book is told entirely through the eyes of Nick in his journal. (There was evidence that Nick was literate.) The author has used ship logs and diaries so that the story of the trip is accurate. Read the brief epilogue first.I have read a number of books about sea voyages in the 18th and 19th centuries and Stowaway seems to be fairly accurate. The book is easy to read, and avoids the common over enthusiastic cheeriness of too many young adult books. I enjoyed the story but Nick is pretty modern in his outlook. He serves to point out the social world of his time: the strong class system, that most adults were illiterate, the view the British had of native peoples, the intense interest in botany, the heavy use of corporal discipline, the helplessness in face of disease, etc. I liked being able to consult the listing of all the men on the Endeavour and the Endeavour’s itinerary and the vocabulary. There was a map from the 18th century, but it was too small to be very useful.This is probably more for a pre-teen. By the time I and my girls were 11 or 12 we were reading and reading the Mutiny on the Bounty series.

  • Lydia
    2018-10-06 07:34

    Stowaway was slow at times but if you like adventure stories (particularly taking place on a boat) then you'll love this. The way Hesse writes makes it seem like an actual journal written by an actual boy. Her factual style and young-boy personification makes it even more enjoyable.

  • Doug
    2018-09-28 05:40

    A great adventure story, for readers in the 9-12 year old age group who like adventure/science/nature/history. Highly recommended.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-18 01:47

    I thought it was a pretty good book. I don't know why he would stowaway on a ship and risk being killed, but otherwise, it was really good.

  • Jack
    2018-10-12 01:46

    me and my mom tried to read it but didn't succeed. too long/ boring im sorry Karen Hesse im sorry

  • Mary Beth
    2018-09-19 23:57

    Based off the true story of Captain Cook's first voyage around the world and written in a journal style. Fascinating, and well written you will be cheering for NiK throughout the book!

  • Quince Winstyn
    2018-10-09 06:39

    Awesome book!

  • Adriane Devries
    2018-10-13 00:51

    What better way to trace the explorations of Captain Cook than to stow away on H.M.S Endeavor herself, just before an illustrious three-year voyage of discovery?A boy named Nicholas Young appears to have done just this. Since the historical account of his presence aboard is rather scant, beginning in the ship’s log abruptly some months into the journey, author Karen Hesse fleshes out the life and times of a typical boy growing up in the late 1700’s in England. Son of an angry father, and apprenticed slave-like to an abusive butcher, Nicholas chooses to take his chances on the high sea, to get as far from the despair and hopelessness of home as possible. By paying off several of the ship’s crew (with money stolen from his employer), he secures a front-row seat to the action by stowing away in a covered dinghy on deck, sharing sleeping quarters with the livestock.Seasickness, deprivation, loneliness, are soon displaced by wonder at the novelties of ocean life. Nick observes the ship’s scientists at work as they discover and document all manner of never-before-seen marine plants, animals, and land. Soon, he fears he will never be discovered himself, and languish away hidden and unlamented by anyone in the world. When finally caught, he is accepted into ship society—barely. Like any Darwinian creature from the depths, he must prove himself strong to those around him in order to survive the lowest rungs on the hierarchical ladder. He works diligently with rare manners and intellect among the rough crew, winning favor with those in authority, as well as contempt from peers he might supplant. Having fled danger at home, he finds it waiting on board in the form of a bullying ship mate. Ultimately, he decides that “The best way to banish the darkest mood is to lose myself in a useful pursuit.”Rumors of revolution, undiscovered continents, rough weather and elements, wild animals and cannibals, disease and death, new friends and astonishing beauty, give this voyage a wonderful sense of suspense and awe. Also dreadful are the effects the Europeans have on the pristine environments and aboriginal peoples they encounter. Nicholas fears “these people not so much because of what they might do to us, but because of what we are led so quickly to do to them.” Whether by unnatural or natural selection, no one knows which few will live to return home, or even if the ship herself will survive. This is the harsh reality of the sea.This adventure of discovery no doubt changed young Nick himself as much as it added new lines to the extant maps of the world. In Hesse’s capable imagination, the vivid and unforgettable sights, smells, and events of this nautical journey transform the friendless street urchin into a respectable young man with scientific prospects beyond anything he could have imagined for himself, and gives us a valuable glimpse into the perils and victories of Cook and his Endeavor.

  • RJ Rathsack
    2018-09-30 01:48

    Stowaway Book ReviewBy RJ Rathsack Karen Hesse takes readers on a marvelous journey throughout the book Stowaway. The story is inspired by a real boy who stowed away aboard Captain James Cook's ship Endeavour on its 1768 voyage. It is based on what little is known about 11-year-old Nicholas Young and spins an imaginative tale firmly anchored in fact. The brief diary entries adhere to the ship's actual itinerary and detail Nick's adventures. This historical fiction read is right around a 6th grade reading level.Nick grows into young manhood shaped by the three-year voyage, teaching an illiterate shipmate to read, befriending a Tahitian boy and witnessing cannibalism as well as a share of tragedy while helping to nurse a crew ravaged by accident and disease. The crew of the Endeavour learn to accept and enjoy having Nick as a crewmate. His lively observations keep the action sailing smoothly forward, while Hesse's incredible research hit the novel with a wealth of detail.Karen Hesse re-creates Cook's momentous voyage through the eyes of this remarkable boy, creating a fictional journal filled with fierce hurricanes, warring natives, and disease, as Nick discovers new lands, incredible creatures, and lifelong friends.The author uses great craft throughout the book. Hesse uses a great mix of memory moments and words of the wiser along the story. Most of the memory moments involve Nick remembering being back in England before he runs away. The words of the wise included Nick learning many life lessons from older smarter crew mates. Crewman like Mr. Banks and Mr. Roberts help keep Nick on a safe and smart path throughout the Endeavors journey. I would definitely recommend this book to a reader of any age. The words are not too tough and not very confusing. One concept the reader must understand is a day to day journal because that's the form Stowaway is in. I loved every page of the book and sometimes couldn't put it down.

  • E Wilson
    2018-09-27 01:54

    This is one of my least favorite genres, a fictionalized account of a real person. Very little is known about Nicholas Young except that he was a stowaway on Captain Cook's first voyage to circumnavigate the globe. The author invents a diary written by the young boy.I gave the book 4 stars due to all the details about Cook's voyage and the day to day life onboard a relatively small ship on a voyage that lasted 3 years. Cook was looking for a newcontinent (Antarctica?)that they did not discover. He was also charting the waters aroundNew Zealand and Australia. Joseph Banks, a naturalist, was collecting sea life, birds andplants . Sydney Parkinson, an artist, was tirelessly drawing and painting all of thesespecimens.Captain Cook was an excellent seaman and brought the ship and crew through manydangers. The ship was almost lost when they were driven into the shallows and the shipwas damaged. Only by some lucky winds and the crew's frantic pumping did they survive.They encounter natives on numerous islands , some friendly, some fearful, some warlike.They traded when possible with cloth, beads, nails and hatchets. Two natives fromTahiti joined the voyage and were able to interpret with the natives on many of the other islands.After sailing past New Zealand and Australia the ship docked at Batavia to take onsupplies. Unfortunately, malaria was rampant and almost the whole crew weresickened. At some points there were not enough men well enough to sail the ship.Many died. What a tragedy after they had survived so many hardships and were really on their way home.The diary did become a bit tedious after awhile. I'm sure on a long voyage, daysdo begin to run together. If it had been a real diary I would have accepted that, butsince in was a fabrication I wasn't so generous.

  • Alice
    2018-10-13 00:45

    Nicholas, a young boy in England, decides to escape from his abusive teacher and father. He decides to take a ride with his fellow gentlemen as they ascend the Endeavor for a journey to map unknown countries. He is at first hidden away as a stowaway at the back of the ship for a month. Then, he is revealed to the rest of the crew and is accepted by the captain of the ship, Captain Cook. He has a hard time with Mr. Bootie, one of the most stubborn crew member on the ship. He becomes an apprentice of Surgeon Monkhouse, the doctor of the ship. He learns to heal the ill, but also learns how to fish or hunt. He helps the crew as the youngest boy and also visits natives at different countries. He meets Tarheto, a native from the tribe Otahiti, as well as Tupia. Tarheto and Nick have a close relationship, even though they do not speak the same language. Nick learns many things about ships and journeying over the course of two years and does not want to go home.

  • Benjamin Ely
    2018-09-20 00:48

    I feel that Stowaway has been degrading And the author is not using enough details. I believe this because In the book the author Said “still we search for the island that the captain doesn't believe exists”, when she could've said it with much more color like this. And yet we are still searching for a piece of land the captain says mustn't exist. The author did give great description in some parts I would gladly trade that for a book that had good description all the way through. Were in this book it had some great description, but also just stated some stuff that could be expanded upon and made better. The book is about a very interesting topic but is described mediocrely and that took some stuff away from it. Overall this is a great book the description could be better. but I still would recommend it to any ambitious readers.

  • Erik Byron
    2018-10-11 02:51

    I read this back in middle school, but unlike a lot of other books I found in my middle school's library, this is one that I still have a positive opinion on. It's a quasi-historical novel, and yes it's very informative, but it's driven by characters that I learned to love and care about which is the key to any successful novel, historical or not.But still, it's a kids book, so if you're reading this review and you're above the age of 15, I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Mazzou B
    2018-10-18 07:42

    Quickly re-read this book which I had started years ago. It's a pretty accurate account of the time period and setting. Not the most adventurous book, but a good introduction to the subject. Part 6 (chapter about Tahiti) does have one description about how the native women lacked...attire... which I didn't think necessary for young readers.

  • Donna Culpepper
    2018-09-24 06:35

    This was a book intended for a younger audience than myself but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was hooked from the first page. I love the fact that the characters were real people. I enjoyed the author fleshing them out and giving them a story to tell. I recommend it to all ages especially if your father was a sailor like mine.

  • Amy
    2018-10-08 00:47

    There are no swashbuckling pirates in this story. It is a fictional account of a real person on a real voyage. The writing is straightforward and winsome. Maybe too slow for dragon-loving readers, but well done and I loved it.

  • Lois Letchford
    2018-09-21 05:36

    I love this book! Hess has taken us on the historic journey of Captain Cook in 1770. She writes through the eyes of an 11-year-old stowaway on the small sailing vessel called Endeavor while living with a goat, two cats, and two dogs.

  • Emily
    2018-10-18 07:44

    better than the other Karen Hesse book I read, a bit hard to get through

  • Hannah
    2018-10-08 23:56

    Stowaway had everything going for it, but it didn't deliver. Very slow paced.

  • Ellen
    2018-10-16 00:54

    I enjoyed this, but think I would’ve enjoyed the journal format more as a book, than I did as an audiobook.

  • Patrick
    2018-09-26 03:53

    A very entertaining and different point of view for Cooks voyage. I enjoyed it immensely.

  • Keith
    2018-09-19 00:29

    Nice little exploration tale set as a diary with a young stowaway on Capt. Cook's first exploration journey in the Endeavor where they discovered N. Zealand and circled the world. Fun and sad.

  • Nancy Pacey
    2018-10-15 06:40

    I loved the premise and enjoyed it to a point. The repetitiveness of it started to get to me.

  • Dyane
    2018-10-19 04:47

    Disons que j'ai été agréablement surprise à la lecture de ce bouquin.... Je ne m’attendais pas à ça honnêtement. Après un certain temps d’adaptation, j’ai été prise par le rythme du récit. Il est vrai qu’au début, la formule journal de bord paraît étrange, d’autant plus qu’il est question de temps et de nourriture. Mais après quelques pages… On découvre la vraie portée, et ça m’a plu. Simple, intéressant, symbole de voyage et d’évasion. Voilà comment je pourrais qualifier ce livre. Il est vrai qu’au début j’ai pensé m’ennuyer en le lisant, face à l’écriture simpliste du garçon de onze ans. Mais le vrai secret du livre se cache dans sa longueur. Il n’est pas long, ni dur à lire, il s’agit du voyage du capitaine Cook sur trois ans. Et le fait est qu’au départ simple voyageur clandestin, ce garçon va être promu mousse, effectuant toutes sortes de tâches. Il va assister le chirurgien Monkhouse et aider le gentleman Banks, ainsi que le cuisinier Thompson. Il va donner un point de vue d’abord enfantin de la plupart des choses qu’il verra, mais on remarque son évolution au fil des pages. Ce qui m’a intéressé est justement cette évolution. Il va rencontrer des naturels dans les îles et s’en faire des amis. En effet, Toupia et Tarheto se joindront au voyage, et au travers les yeux du jeune garçon, on parvient à déceler le point de vue des gens civilisés par rapport à ceux qui ne le sont pas, mais il reste cependant une pointe de philosophie. Le garçon se pose des questions par rapport à ces naturels qui s’adaptent bien à la vie sur le navire et ont même envie de découvrir Londres. C’est plutôt bien pensé, et c’est réfléchi. Le garçon n’a pas une âme de conquérant, et cela m’a plu, dans ce livre, il y a également du respect, et une approche positive des civilisations éloignées, avec de la violence seulement quand il le faut. On découvre les points positifs et négatifs des hommes ainsi que la vie sur un navire dans cette expédition. Les coups de fouets, les vols, les morts, la maladie, les pleurs, les rires, les découvertes, les amitiés, tout est relaté et on s’attache finalement au personnage. Très Anglais, comme il se doit, on trouve également le point de vue des gentlemans et du jeune Nick qui a parfois des remarques purement British. Cela m’a fait rire. Malheureusement, la vie n’est pas toujours rose et les coups durs sont aussi relatés dans le livre : les tempêtes, les problèmes avec le navire, les naturels trop distants, et la maladie. De nombreux membres de l’équipage vont mourir, certains gentlemen, comme Mr. Parkinson, le peintre. D’une maladie attrapée sur Terre, pourtant. J’ai aimé le style d’écriture de l’auteur, dans la peau de son personnage : quand Tarheto et Toupia meurent, Nick et triste. Il écrira seulement : Toupia est mort. Puis Tarheto a suivi Toupia. Sans plus de détail, symbole de sa douleur et de sa tristesse. J’ai été surprise car même si l’auteur est une femme, Nick qui est un garçon décrit les choses à la manière d’un garçon selon son évolution. Il y a une incroyable variété dans les plantes, les échanges, les animaux, les fruits. Pour la première fois, on peut voir les choses au travers des yeux d’une personne qui ne les as jamais vues. Telles que les kangourous du continent jamais découvert jusqu’à présent, l’Australie, nommée Nouvelle Hollande à l’époque, car seulement découverte au sud ouest par les Hollandais. Il y a également une mixité au niveau des nationalités, et tout est abordé avec naturel : les rapports entre les Anglais et les Hollandais. Les Américains, les Portugais, les Français. J’ai apprécié cette diversité, cette ouverture au monde typique des Grandes Découvertes. Ce fut donc une agréable surprise. Evidemment, le personnage principal n’avait peut-être pas tout ces traits de caractère. Il n’aimait peut-être pas autant les oiseaux, il n’avait pas fugué de chez le boucher ni de son école et de sa famille, mais l’histoire est appuyée sur des documents réels, Nick existait réellement, à la base véritable clandestin, puis déclaré mousse à bord. La pointe de la nouvelle Zélande fut véritablement nommée pointe du jeune-Nick lorsqu’il l’eut aperçu. Karen Hesse a donc su relater les véritables événements apparus à bord au travers d’un jeune homme qui exista réellement. L’histoire est donc vraie, et cette lecture fut comme un voyage à bord du navire, au coté de tous les membres de l’équipage.Remonter le temps jusqu'en 1768, je ne l'avais encore jamais fait !

  • People
    2018-09-21 02:37

    STOWAWAYPart 1: SynopsisThe novel tells the story of Nicolas Young when he become a stowaway on the ship Endeavor. Nicolas run away from the butcher he was working for and bribed some crew to let him stay on board. He was founded by the captain and then became a helper on board until he leaves. He soon became friends with most of the crew and was very liked by one of the scientist/gentleman on board named Mr. Banks. He saw the death of many of his friends and grew a better understanding of the world. They arrived at the native island under the help of he mighty Captain Cook. Captain Cook was trying to find Dairymaple’s continent and discovered Australia. In this book Nick discovered New Zealand and the captain named it Young Nick’s bay. They traded cloth, glass, and nails for provisions with the natives and sometimes they have to fight. He was very respected by most of the natives because of his fair personality. There were two botanists on his voyage and they founded hundreds of new species. The artist on that voyage, Mr. Parkinson, drew over a hundred pictures of those species that they found. I liked how the author made the show that the gentlemen liked to flip through all their books when they have found something they have never seen before. He claimed the land as he went and raised more and more angers from the natives. He was promoted to lieuntant for his record of the Universe. Part 2: LocationThe story took place on the ocean around the whole planet. Their route covered most of the Oceans and through some places where no one dared to go through. They sailed mostly neat the Australia area near New Zealand, which they claimed as the property of Her Majesty the Queen. They also Part 3: CharactersCaptain James Cook, (7th November, 1728- 14th February, 1779) was a British explorer, sailboat captain, and also a great cartographer. He mapped lands from Hawaii to New Zealand in Pacific Ocean that has not been save in files before. He was killed in a fight in Hawaii with Hawaiians on his third trip exploring the Pacific. He tried to convince their native king to come with him onboard to be a willing captive of England but failed and died. He was the first captain whose ship did not have anyone died from scurvy by feasting on fresh food once in a while. The accomplishment was presented and he was awarded with the Copley Medal. Although he was strict, he was very fair. He was very brave and dares to face challenges that seemed like impossible. Part 4: Instagram#Stowaway Book. Stowaway is a cool and boring book. It’s about sailing and finding lands. No pirates included sadly. #Boring Book. Most people find it boring, and I mean very boring. The plot is kind of repeating and there aren’t a lot of fights and battles that is cool to read. #Karen Hesse’s BookPart 5: Five starI think I would rate this book 3.5 to 4 out of five star. The book itself is kind of boring and the plot is kind of repeating. I think it taught me a lot of things including knowledge and personalities. The booked was very realistic and the personalities are neatly planned. The book got nicely rated on the Goodread website.

  • Susan O'Bryant
    2018-10-17 00:52

    "This afternoon, at last, we weighed anchor. Now there are new sounds to join with the others. The wind clapping the sails, the men singing out in the rigging, the water churned by Endeavour's prow. Fine sounds. Sailing sounds."The first thing I did this year was travel around the globe. With the help, of course, of author Karen Hesse who penned this excellent and educational young adult novel about the expedition of Captain Cook and his crew between 1768-1771.The novel is made up of faithful journal entries written by Nicholas Young. He recorded everything from his successful feat in getting on the ship unnoticed and winning over the crew so they would let him stay on, to his feelings about his sea mates and all the work they were required to do in order to assist Captain Cook on his exploratory journey to map "New Holland" (Australia) and circumnavigate the world. Nick, who apparently liked pork, also included notes about the foods they ate during their trip. At one point, after he had partaken a time or two of things like sharks and turtles, he remarked, "It's a wonder what the stomach will allow the mind to accept."Being based in fact, the author artistically composed personalities for the crew of the Endeavour. I felt pride as Samuel Evans learned to read, I smiled as I watched friendships grow (and rivalries soften). I especially enjoyed knowing the stories behind the names Captain Cook gave to areas such as Cape Farewell and Poverty Bay. Young Nick's Head, an actual place in New Zealand, was named after the main character.Another very important featured character was Dr. Joseph Banks, a naturalist and botanist who was charged with detailing and cataloging the many plants and animals found along their voyage. Dr. Banks took a special liking to young Nick (due to his great work ethic), and asked him to contact him again in the future. Indeed he did, for they traveled by ship again together to Iceland in 1772.I also took note of this particular commentary, which I found rather interesting and analogous to certain current situations: "These natives don't need to work hard for anything, so the things they have don't hold much value to them. Perhaps that explains the natives' thievery. If nothing has much value, why should anyone be upset at its being taken?"Not being familiar with sea and ship terminology, I learned a couple of new words as well: scuttlebutt - a cask on a shipboard with fresh drinking water; and fearnaught - a coat made from thick canvas.The only thing that could have made this book better would have been a more detailed map (but this is my opinion only; the simple map provided probably works fine for the book's intended audience of ages 10-14). Overall, a really nice read.

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2018-10-15 04:39

    I loved Hesse's "Out of the Dust", written as a series of poems. This book was different: it is a series of journal entries from an eleven year old boy who stows away on Captain Cook's ship and is part of the voyage around the world. I found the book interesting because I love history and I enjoyed seeing how Nick changed over the years of the voyage, but the story did seem rather slow, especially for young readers. I don't think a lot of middle schoolers would have the perseverance to make it through this book. I would have liked to see a map at the end of every chapter, showing how far along on the trip the Endeavor was. Instead we have longitude and latitude and an old map on the endpapers, with the instruction that in order to find where the ship was, we must subtract any number over 180 from 360 because Cook did measures in a different way than the map is marked. I guess I'm lazy, but I'm just not interested enough in doing all those calculations myself. Perhaps it's set up that way for a classroom teacher to have the class chart the vessel's progress, which is cool, but as an individual reader, I wished the work were already done and put in the book. I also wish some of the scientific drawings could have been included with the book. There were a lot of characters which are hard to get to know and keep track of. The end of the book does have a list of all those on board the ship, and I can imagine readers wanting to mark up this list to help identify who did what. For homeschoolers: the book is excellent for history and can be read in conjunction with a unit on Explorers. Also "Stowaway" shows Nick mature in character, learning to experience hardship and take responsibility and learn the value of an education. One warning, Mr. Bootie, once in the book and once in the afterward, is recorded as saying a foul word. This may bother some parents, who may choose to white-out those two words. There is very little reference to religion or God in the book.