Storm warriors

by Carbone, Elisa.

Format: Print Book 2002
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Driven from his home by the Ku Klux Klan and still reeling from the death of his mother, Nathan moves with his father and grandfather to the desolate Pea Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina to start a new life. Fortunately, life on Pea Island at the end of the 19th century is far from quiet. The other island residents include the surfmen--the African American crew of the nearby U.S. Life-Saving Station--and soon Nathan is lending an extra hand to these men as they rescue sailors from sinking ships. Working and learning alongside the courageous surfmen, Nathan begins to dream of becoming one himself. But the reality of post-Civil War racism starts to show itself as he gradually realizes the futility of his dream. And then another dream begins to take shape, one that Nathan refuses to let anyone take from him.
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Booklist Review: "Gr. 4^-8. After his mother's death in 1895, Nathan, his father, and his grandfather move to Pea Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Fishermen by trade, they live near the only rescue station on the coast to be manned by an African American crew of lifesavers. As Nathan gets to know these men, his admiration leads him to aspire to become one of them, though he knows that many boys have the same ambition and few achieve it. Nathan narrates this well-paced story. Exciting scenes of storms, shipwrecks, and rescues are balanced with quieter moments of communication, reflection, and revelation. Nathan's growing awareness of his family's story, from his grandfather's years in slavery to his father's pride in being an independent fisherman, leads him to wonder what the future will bring for him. Carbone does a good job of suggesting not only just the physical setting but also the boy's strong sense of self, family, and community as an African American child growing up in a place and time when racism limited his choices, if not his ambitions. Pair this with Sink or Swim: African-American Lifesavers of the Outer Banks (1999), a nonfiction book describing the U.S. Lifesaving Services crew on Pea Island. Carolyn Phelan"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Carbone (Stealing Freedom) bases her inspiring and little-known tale on actual rescues made by seven courageous African-Americans during the late 1800s on Pea Island, on the Outer Banks of N.C. The island acted as the base for a division of the United States Life-Saving Service (precursor to the Coast Guard). Twelve-year-old narrator Nathan lives close to the station with his grandfather and widower father, both fishermen who often assist in the rescues. From the outset, Nathan outlines the cause of racial tension between the Pea Island crewmen and the nearby Oregon Inlet crewmen ("Grandpa says they have the same surnames because back before the war the granddaddies and great-granddaddies of the Oregon Inlet crew used to own the granddaddies and great-granddaddies of the Pea Island crew, and they shared their family names with their slaves") and sets the stage for several incidents that discourage the boy's dream of someday joining Pea Island's Life-Saving crew, the only such crew manned by African-Americans. Yet the determined boy pores over books he finds in the station's library, learning about rescue procedures and first aid, proves himself a competent helper in sea rescues and eventually finds his own calling. Though a surfeit of detail occasionally encumbers the story's pace and weakens its impact, Carbone includes some suspenseful descriptions of the rescue crew's feats, and the affecting passages between Nathan and his loving grandfather are the novel's greatest strength. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Subjects United States. -- Life-Saving Service -- History -- Juvenile fiction.
United States. -- Life-Saving Service -- History -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Juvenile fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Race relations -- Fiction.
Fathers and sons -- Fiction.
Pea Island (N.C.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Pea Island (N.C.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Yearling/Random House Children Books,2002
Language English
Description 168 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 0440418798
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