Girl. Boy. Sea.

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The first wave that struck the sailing boat was the warning that there’d be others. Sure enough they hammered the Pandora until it was overturned, broken up, leaving Bill alone, separated from the crew. He was only a rookie, training for the Youth Sail Challenge. Now he’s fighting for his life.

When he chances upon another, floating in a barrel, barely alive, it seems it’s them, Girl. Boy. Sea, against the world. How will they survive together? It seems that the need to survive is all they have in common initially, as they work out a method to collect water- Aman. Yet might the stories that Aya begins to weave, connect them in some way? Thereafter, what if another might chance into their efforts, someone who puts Aya in particular danger. How does this experience change Bill, so that he discovers strengths such as he’d never known he’d had?

Thereafter, how might they survive? It doesn’t seem as though there are any passing ships, aircraft or any recognisable features. There  might be Gull, but what else is there to stir hope, faith and the determination to survive?

Girl. Boy. Sea. is a magnificent novel of adventure, despair, humanity and survival. Bookwagon urges older readers to experience this superb book.

Carnegie Medal shortlisted title

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Girl. Boy. Sea.

Chris Vick

(Head of Zeus)

Girl. Boy. Sea. This is not how Bill imagined his preparation for the Youth Sail Challenge off the Canary Islands. This was all planned to get Bill’s ‘head out of a science book’ but now he’s floating on the ocean, alone.

Who is Aya, the girl he rescues, floating alone, mysteriously? She offers little at first aside from the chance of stories, and then the realisation that they’ll have to use all their resilience and resources to survive as days pass and their situation becomes more perilous. That might include eating turtles, trying and trying again to catch fish, and then taking care when they chance upon another ‘survivor’.

All the while we feel what Bill feels, from his determination to survive, and thereafter, the heat, fear and hunger as time passes. Then there are our worries about Aya as we begin to understand her vulnerability and experience. Like The Wolf Road, this is a story of survival and discovery in which we feel completely engrossed.
Girl, Boy, Sea. is a quite magnificent novel. Bookwagon recommends it very highly to older readers.

1 review for Girl. Boy. Sea.

  1. Madison Bradley (Age 13)

    I really enjoyed this book all the way through, I never lost interest and I thought the characters were very interesting

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