The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

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The fascinating journey of a famous naturalist Young Charley Darwin hated school—he much preferred to be outside studying birds’ eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined. Here, historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures. It’s the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 321 pages
  • 147.32 x 208.28 x 33.02mm | 476.27g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Maps; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0152061940
  • 9780152061944
  • 1,741,150

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"Focusing on Charles Darwin's youth, this historical novel hooks readers with a revelatory opener: Darwin's nose almost kept him off the "Beagle"--the captain believed that facial features indicated character and the 22-year-old Darwin's honker bespoke a lack of energy and determination. Entertaining her audience throughout, Meyer ("Mary, Bloody Mary") keeps Charley likable and easy to relate to, from his hatred of school food and fear of bullies to his anxiety over choosing a career. The pacing is particularly good, and readers get a full sense of Darwin's relationships and his joy in his discoveries. A well-told story that will appeal to all readers, not just those drawn to science."--"Publishers Weekly""Meyer's re-imagining is notable . . . for the believable voice, which recalls the gently humorous tone of Darwin's own writing, that of a man quite willing to make light of his own foibles."--The Bulletin"Exceptionally well researched, and written as a novel in the first person, THE TRUE ADVENTURES OF CHARLEY DARWIN is a colorful story."--Richie's Picks
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About Carolyn Meyer

CAROLYN MEYER is the author of more than fifty young adult books. Her many award-winning novels include "Mary, Bloody Mary, " an ABA's Pick of the Lists and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and "Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess: Russia, 1914," a "New York Times" bestseller. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.www.readcarolyn.com
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165 ratings
3.52 out of 5 stars
5 18% (30)
4 38% (62)
3 27% (45)
2 12% (20)
1 5% (8)
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