The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed

Patience’s life is changing all too fast. Her mama just died, and now her dad is taking her and her brother Thaddeus on a three year whaling trip around the world against her wishes. She just wants to stay in Nantucket and go to school to study math. Being only twelve, she has no choice but to submit to her father’s wishes.

At first, Patience desperately misses her Nantucket home, but she slowly grows accustomed to life at sea. Her voyage is full of adventure, as her brother goes overboard, she spots the first whale, and she learns how to navigate the ship. However, the biggest adventure of all is when three of the crew members mutiny and maroon the ship’s crew on a deserted island in the middle of the Pacific. Patience is kept on-board to help with the cooking, but she’s determined to save her father and brother no matter what the cost.

This exciting, fictional book by Heather Frederick will not only entertain, but it will also educate you about life aboard a whaling ship in the 1800’s.