The Education of Patience Goodspeed

This rollicking sequel finds the intrepid heroine of The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed looking forward to serving as assistant navigator of her father’s whaling ship. But when danger strikes the Morning Star and her crew as they continue their cruise on the Pacific, Captain Goodspeed whisks Patience and her little brother Thaddeus off to boarding school in Hawaii. Here Reverend Wiggins, the headmaster, thinks girls should study sewing instead of math. And there’s more trouble in paradise: Fanny Starbuck, the Goodspeeds’ feather-brained neighbor from Nantucket, turns up unexpectedly, and Patience is sure that she’s angling to become her new step-mama! Sometimes growing up on dry land can be even rockier than a voyage at sea, but Patience is about to learn that true friendship will sail her through.

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2005 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project

2005 Kansas State Reading Circle Intermediate Titles


“… Fans of historical adventures will find this novel highly satisfying …” (School Library Journal)

“… Patience’s tart narration is as smart and funny as readers of The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed (2002) will recall …” (Kirkus Reviews)

“… The 14-year-old heroine of the swashbuckling The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed returns for adventures on the Hawaiian island of Maui …” (Publishers Weekly)

The Education of Patience Goodspeed

Heather Vogel Frederick
Simon & Schuster, 2004

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