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. Volume XI Number 1 . . . . September 3, 2004
It is not surprising, given Curtis Parkinson's five year experience of living on a sailboat in the Caribbean, that he has set his second young adult novel on the sea. Like Storm-Blast, published in 2003, Sea Chase features a teen-aged protagonist who suddenly finds himself in sole charge of a vessel in danger on the sea.
Fifteen-year old Brodie and his dad set off to sail from Puerto Rico through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific Ocean. Though his father has been teaching him to sail for a few weeks, the trip is to be Brodie's first real offshore experience. Four days into their voyage Brodie wakes to find no sign of his father on the ship. There can be only one explanation:
By setting his story in Columbia, the author asks a higher degree of political and historical sophistication of the reader than he did in his first sea story. Unfortunately, there are times when Parkinson assumes a preachy tone to fill the reader in with background information. As well, young readers may find it a little daunting to keep suspending disbelief as the two adventurers make one lucky and/or miraculous escape after another. Despite these drawbacks, however, middle and junior high librarians should find Sea Chase an adventure story well worth adding to their collection in that genre.
Valerie Nielsen, a retired teacher-librarian, lives in Winnipeg, MB.
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