JUVENILE NONFICTION / History / United States / State & Local JUVENILE NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / African American JUVENILE NONFICTION / Transportation / Boats, Ships & Underwater Craft
Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year — 2002 — Winner NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People — 2002 — Winner
On October 11, 1896, 10-year-old Sam Deal and his horse, Ginger, watch as the brave surfmen of Pea Island struggle to save the lives of nine people stranded on a shipwreck. Sam has dreamt of becoming a surfman just like the all-African-American crew, and this is his chance. Can he and Ginger help the crew rescue the victims, or will they be lost forever?
Candice Ransom is the author of more than 120 books for children. Her books have won several awards and have been nominated to many state lists, including the William Allen White Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and an MA in children's literature from Hollins University. She currently teaches at Hollins University, in the MA/MFA graduate program in children's literature. She lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, Frank, and their cat, Winchester.