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The Resource Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr

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Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Title
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Statement of responsibility
Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
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Illustrator
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship, Flying Dutchman, by an angel who guides them in travelling the world, eternally helping those in great need
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Review
  • Gr. 5-9. The indefatigable storyteller of the Redwall books spins a tale around the story of the seventeenth-century Flying Dutchman, a ship condemned to sail the seas forever with its ghastly, ghostly crew. A mute boy, Neb, stows away only to find that the hard life he fled on land is far exceeded by the time he must spend with the ship’s surly crew and mad captain. When an avenging angel sets the ship on its eternal journey, the boy and a black Labrador he has saved are spared and cast ashore. Both receive the gift of speech and will live forever young. Fast-forward to 1896 England. The boy, now known as Ben, and his sardonic canine sidekick arrive in a picturesque village in time to save an elderly woman from the town bullies--and, eventually, the whole town from disaster. The swashbuckling language brims with color and melodrama; the villains are dastardly and stupid; and buried treasure, mysterious clues, and luscious culinary descriptions (generally involving sweets) keep the pages turning. There’s even a befuddled but extremely wise librarian who doubles as a schoolmaster. Older readers who enjoy Jacques will like this, too. Sequels possible. (Reviewed March 1, 2001) -- GraceAnne DeCandido
  • Gr 5-8-This novel has a split personality. It begins with flair in 1620 in Copenhagen, where the sinister Dutch sea captain Vanderdecken begins an ill-fated journey aboard the Flying Dutchman. Also onboard is young Neb, a stowaway who is immediately discovered and put to work. The crazed captain, cursing God, forces them to sail the ship around Cape Horn in a horrible storm. An angel bearing a sword appears and dooms the ship and its inhabitants to an eternity of ghostly sailing; Neb and his dog, however, receive the gift of eternal life, the ability to read one another's thoughts, and the duty to roam the world and help others in need. After a brief sojourn in Tierra del Fuego, the story jumps forward to England in 1896, where the boy and his wisecracking dog, now calling themselves Ben and Ned, help save a village from being demolished. From this point on, the novel reads like an old-fashioned children's mystery, with all the good-hearted villagers pitching in, guided by Ben, to find the missing land deeds that would foil the plans of a black-hearted industrialist. Esoteric clues, buried treasure, village bullies, an absentminded librarian, and nice old ladies create a cozy, claustrophobic atmosphere that will make readers wonder what the Flying Dutchman had to do with anything-except for giving Ben nightmares. The supernatural aspects seem out of place and superfluous. Readers who are pulled in by the exciting sea adventure may well abandon the book once it segues to the slower, longer section ashore.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
  • Abandoning the world of Redwall, Jacques's (Lord Brocktree, 2000, etc.) newest novel is a treasure hunt, preceded by a seafaring legend. Caught aboard a legendary doomed ship, The Flying Dutchman, a young boy endures cruelty and ill treatment under wicked Captain Vanderdecken and his evil crew. Joined by a black Labrador pup, our hero struggles to stay alive as the ship heads around Cape Horn. An avenging angel appears to condemn the ship to eternal struggle with the sea, but casts the two innocents aside on Tierra Del Fuego. The story really starts on page 76, several centuries later in 1896 England as the two come to save a village from being torn down and replaced by a quarry and cement factory, hence the search for needed documents. We get a hint that this adventure is one of many future stories for boy and dog as they eternally roam the earth fighting evil, helping good people to triumph. Goodness and intelligence are generally equated, as is criminality and stupidity. Characters are overdrawn, the plot equally melodramatic, and a certain tension is missing by knowing that our hero and his dog embody good and will live forever. The dog and boy communicate through thought transference, the dog often translating for other animals as well. For fans of Jacques, the length will be expected, the growth of the peripheral characters' ability to stand up for themselves gratifying, and the murderous cruelty and evil of all the villains fitting them as valid opponents for avenging angel, boy and dog. The portrayal of the deeds of the evil captain and his equally horrible crew is vivid. It is the stuff of nightmares for the boy throughout the book, and readers may find it haunting long after the book is read. Victorian England's villains can't compare and are actually humorous, especially the London toughs called in as "frighteners." Legend and magical elements enliven this melodramatic and sentimental tale, which will undoubtedly be beloved by Redwall fans. Zesty, but ultimately unsatisfying. (Fiction. 10+) (Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2001)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
092210
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Jacques, Brian
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
770L
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Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Schoenherr, Ian
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Heroes
  • Dogs
  • Angels
  • Flying Dutchman
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
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Publication
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
396477
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780399236013
Lccn
00059822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399236013
  • (Sirsi) ADA-5365
Label
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Brian Jacques ; illustrated by Ian Schoenherr
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
396477
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
327 pages
Isbn
9780399236013
Lccn
00059822
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780399236013
  • (Sirsi) ADA-5365

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