"I am going to be cremated. I want you to take my ashes out alone on the Frog, out to sea alone, and leave me there. Take me to where you can’t see land and scatter my ashes there on the water.…"
Fourteen-year-old David Alspeth is the owner of a 22-foot sailboat, an inheritance from his uncle Owen, who recently died of cancer. Uncle Owen’s last request before he died was that David should take his ashes out to sea, a job David would give anything to avoid. When he finally sets sail on calm, clear evening, David feels the weight of what he must do all around him. He can’t imagine life without Owen. David completes his task, but on the return trip home he is caught unawares by a freak storm. Stranded, with no compass, no radio, and only a few cans of food, it seems as if things couldn’t get any worse. But they do.
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- Kathryn L
Another job well done!
Gary Paulsen never fails to keep me captivated, and this one didn’t disappoint! This is a story about a teenager that is tasked with fulfilling his uncle’s wish to spread his ashes in the Pacific Ocean. The balance of trials and triumphs are equally compelling on his quest to fulfill the promise. Their shared love of the “Frog,” combined with the admiration and respect he has for his uncle, drives him to do whatever it takes to survive the sometimes treacherous journey.
I loved it! I’ve read every single Paulsen book written, and this is as good as I anticipated.