The Wanderer Book Summary and Study Guide

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This book details the voyage of thirteen year old Sophie and her three uncles and two cousins, Brian and Cody, as they sail from their home in the U.S., across the Atlantic Ocean to Ireland, and then to England to visit their grandfather, Bompie.
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At first the voyage is idyllic, full of island adventures, and exciting marine life. However, the close quarters and long hours begin to wear on the family and they struggle to get along. The tensions of living in close quarters are confounded by the mystery of Sophie's past. She is adopted and yet, doesn't seem to remember that she ever had biological parents or how they died. She is torn between her love of the ocean and her recurring nightmares about it.

Halfway to the UK, a terrible storm engulfs the boat, and all of the travellers are forced to fight for their lives. Sophie's nightmares merge with real life when a gigantic wave rises up out of the ocean and over the boat.

Written in the first person journals that both Sophie and Cody keep during their journey, this ocean adventure is also a mystery novel and a coming-of-age study of family relationships and personal history.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   search for family/history Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Exploring into the wild    -   Yes kind of story    -   water adventure

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes Ice Caps/Sea?    -   Yes Where?    -   Ocean Island?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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