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Precocious Patience Goodspeed, almost thirteen, hates to leave Nantucket and her treasured math tutor for a three-year whaling voyage. Patience's father, Isaiah Goodspeed, runs a tight ship. Between endless kitchen duty and run-ins with the motley crew, she hardly has time to learn navigation. But smooth sailing gives way to a rocky course: Soon suspicious mates come aboard and maroon Patience's father and brother on a deserted island. And Patience is faced with a problem that will take more than just brains to solve.
Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Seafaring life Fiction, Whaling Fiction, Mutiny Fiction, Fathers and daughters Fiction, Fathers and sons Fiction, Navigation Fiction