Monday, December 7, 2009

True Adventures of Charley Darwin by Carolyn Meyer

Meyer, Carolyn. True Adventures of Charley Darwin. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2009. Pgs. 321. Language: G, Sexual Content: G, Violence: G. Young Charles Darwin didn’t know what he wanted to be when he grew up. Although he tried to focus on his studies, he always felt that they were lacking something and he hated being cooped up in a classroom when he could be out discovering and exploring. His career future is looking pretty grim until he talks the Captain of the HMS Beagle into letting him join the crew, despite Charles’ look lacking the features of an adventurer. From there, the rest is history. An entertaining, enjoyable novel about Darwin’s great adventures. Readers will enjoy how easy it is for the readers to step into Charles’ shoes. Those who enjoy adventure, historical fiction, and exploration will enjoy reading this unique version, although fictitious, of what Charles went through to come up with the Origin of the Species. MS. ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Jessica Moody, Librarian, Olympus Jr. High.

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