Author(s): Paul Dowswell
Sam is desperate to leave his sleepy Norfolk village and see the world. He seizes the chance to crew a merchant ship but soon discovers that a life at sea is harsh and often short. True to his fears, their ship is attacked by a Spanish privateer. About to be boarded, they fear all is lost, only to be rescued by a royal navy ship. Joy is short-lived when Sam realises marines are now boarding instead, and he is about to be press-ganged into the navy. War with France and Spain is raging and he is caught in the middle with a dangerous job as a powder monkey and a brutal crew. An amazingly well-researched adventure giving a glimpse of one boy's incredible life at sea.
meticulously researched and incredibly imagined naval epic. it is THE book to read for the 200th anniversary of Battle of Trafalgar will appeal to any child with a taste for adventure author is hugely experienced award-winning non-fiction author. also worked with naval expert
A former senior editor with Usborne Publishing, Paul Dowswell is now a full-time author. He has written many non-fiction titles, two of which were shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Powder Monkey, his first novel, was published to huge critical acclaim and was the first book in his wonderful Sam Witchall trilogy. Paul lives in Wolverhampton with his family.