This Month's Book Giveaway
VOYAGE OF MIDNIGHT by Michele Torrey
Grades 5 and up
Philip is an orphan and has spent most of his life suffering the
cruelties of the workhouse. So when he learns he has an uncle - and not just any
uncle, but a rich uncle, captain of his own ship - he sets off for New Orleans to
It's a challenge to track down one man in a bustling port city, but
even when a kindly family takes him in as their own son, Philip won't give up
his quest. And one day, his persistence is rewarded. Not only does he locate
his last living relative, but Uncle offers him the position of surgeon's mate
on his ship, the Formidable. Philip couldn't be happier; at last, he's
found his family! But little does he know the purpose of the journey he's about
to embark on: Uncle is a slave trader, and the ship is bound for Africa to
collect its cargo.
Caught between his lifelong desire for a family and the promise of a
better life, and the shocking brutality he witnesses aboard the Formidable,
Philip must open his eyes and decide for himself the true meaning of family,
freedom, and humanity.
most intense and harrowing of Torrey's nautical Chronicles of Courage."
-Kirkus (starred review)
Twenty-five readers will be chosen to win copies Entry Deadline: February 15, 2009
of Voyage of Midnight. Simply complete the entry form.