Schoolgirl Lucy wants a real adventure and decides to row across the Atlantic. She has wonderful experiences (shooting stars, dolphins, sea turtles, whales, storm petrels, bioluminescence), and terrifying ones (storms, gigantic cargo ships). She learns to assess risk, and that even when she cannot control the situation she can choose how to react. This is an inspiring book about what we can achieve if we take that crucial step that commits us to turn a dream into reality, and how even a distant goal can be reached by chipping away at it little by little. The novel is interspersed with pieces of homework written by Lucy’s classmates, who follow her journey and do research on the ocean. The fact that the author has actually rowed across the Atlantic makes for a realistic and engaging story.
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