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At the Mercy of the Sea
Etienne's journey continues and Abraham's begins.
Etienne Gayneau takes to the sea again to earn the money to pay off his families enduntureship, only to once more find himself aboard a pirate ship sailing into unknown danger. He will be forced to make difficult choices, while leaving behind his Native American friend, Alsoomse, and his newest friend, Abraham Dayton, a boy of mixed ethnicity, to overcome peronal challenges, grief and loss.
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Thrown to the Wind proves an apt title, capturing the refugee’s plight: upheaval and uncertainty, exhaustion and anxiety, trepidation and hopefulness. Cetas’s debut also details the era’s arduous shipboard travel: instead of feeling unmoored, Etienne quickly finds his sea legs and gains confidence as a cabin boy who can cope with precarious situations. (Thrown to the Wind)
The author’s historical research is admirably rigorous in her meticulous presentation of the inflammatory hostility that existed between settlers and Native peoples in the mid-17th century. (A Home in the Wilderness)
An inspirational and vividly unique story of loss, self-discovery, and redemption. Very entertaining - 5 stars.
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Amanda Cetas has pulled together an excellent story, here: one that is sparkling with adventure and excitement, and rich with historical details. Etienne is an excellent hero.... And for anyone looking for a middle grade/YA novel that brings history to life, I would highly recommend Etienne's story, as well.
Theoden Humphrey, English Teacher and Author
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