The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

The year is 1835 and almost-13-year-old mathematics whiz Patience Goodspeed wants to stay home on Nantucket to continue her studies. Her father, a steely whaling captain, has other plans, however, and whisks Patience and her little brother Thaddeus off with him on a three-year voyage. Life aboard the Morning Star is a trial for Patience, who would rather learn to navigate than play cook’s apprentice. When mutinous sailors maroon Captain Goodspeed, Thaddeus, and much of the crew on a deserted island, Patience sets sail for the challenge of a lifetime. Can she rescue her family and shipmates before it’s too late?

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Applause for the Book

2007 Arizona Young Reader Award Finalist

2006 Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award Finalist

2005 Beacon of Freedom Award Finalist

2004-2005 Lamplighter Award Finalist

2004-2005 Oklahoma Library Association Sequoyah Book Award Finalist

2003-2004 Maine Student Book Award Finalist

2003 Oregon Book Award Winner for Young Adult Literature

2003 ALA Amelia Bloomer Project

2003 NYPL Books for the Teen Age

2002 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Best Books for Young Readers


“ … a whale of a tale.” (The Horn Book)

“ … an exciting voyage of peril and self-discovery.” (The New York Times)

“ … a delightful journey with an appealing, well-rounded character.” (School Library Journal)

“ … a voyage readers will be glad to make.” (Booklist)

“ … the brave heroine makes this historical adventure most memorable.” (Publishers Weekly)