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The Wanderer
by Sharon Creech

Thirteen-year-old Sophie is the only girl on a sailing voyage across the Atlantic--a journey is full of danger and adventure. She keeps a journal of her experiences, and soon the trip becomes one of self discovery as well, traveling into her past to deal with many questions about her life and family.

School Library Journal said this book "speaks to the power of survival and the delicacy of grief."

Awards Won by this book

  • Newbery Honor 2001
  • American Library Association Notable Book 
  • American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award
  • School Library Journal and Booklist Best Books Lists
  • International Reading Assoc Children's Choice Selection

Reading Levels for this book

Interest Level: Gr. 3-6             DRA Level: 50                  Lexile Measure: 830L
Grade Equivalent: 5.3            Guided Reading: V

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This book was an honoree for the prestigious Newbery Award for best children's literature. Click to see the full list of Newbery Award Winners.

You may want to also check out other books by Sharon Creech. Several have won book awards, and kids generally find her books engaging and entertaining.

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