Editorial reviews:
Booklist Starred Review
“convincing, compelling, and ultimately moving”

Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books — Recommended
“characters are “exceptionally well developed”

Horn Book
“superhuman struggle against wind and wave”

“adventure tale full of peril”

The Times-Picayune
“unforgettably beautiful”

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“tension and suspense . . . riveting”

School Library Journal
an engrossing, suspenseful tale of survival”

Midwest Book Review
“A riveting story.”


Best Books for Young Adults 2010

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award 2010

Maine Student Book Award 2009-2010

Reader reviews:

Jill Bellomy—Bellomy Book Buzz
“Gripping adventure… I loved these boys.”

Greg Neri – Author of Chess Rumble and Surf Mules
“The best book I have read in the past year.”

Marian H. Griffin – Director West Melbourne Public Library Brevard County Libraries
“This is the best YA book I have ever read.”

Mrs. D. – Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, Boone, and Callaway Counties, Missouri
“Mrs. D. recommends The Great Wide Sea  . . . because we all need to learn how to forgive.”

Amazon Customer Reviews


ALA Best Books for Young Adults 2010

2009 Texas Lone Star Reading List

Kansas State Reading Circle 2009 Recommended Reading List

Vermont’s Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List 2009-2010

2009-2010 Maine Student Reading List