More than anything else, Sebastian wants to see the whales. One night he hides away on a whaling ship headed for the New World. In a summer full of adventure and self-discovery, Sebastian realizes there’s more to hunting whales than he’d imagined.
The Land of a Thousand Whales
Susan Chalker Browne
Susan Chalker Browne has authored nine books for children, as well as numerous short stories and columns. Awards include Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Our Choice” selection (Goodness Gracious, Gulliver Mulligan; Thomas Doucet—Hero of Plaisance) Editor’s Choice, Juvenile Fiction, December/January 2009, CBRA Canadian Children’s Literature (The Land of a Thousand Whales); Best 2008 Picture Books, Resource Links Magazine (Freddy’s Day at The Races); Finalist, 2008 History and Heritage Award (The Land of a Thousand Whales); Honourable Mention, 2008 Cuffer Prize Short Story Competition. Susan’s latest book, Freddy’s Hockey Hero, was released in Fall 2010
She (Susan Chalker Browne) neatly blends the factual elements into an attractive personal story, making the reason for Sebastian's wish to be a whaler, his contretemps with another young aspirant, and his heroic actions seem entirely natural. She is a fine writer, indeed, more especially to be read because she diligently researches her subjects and brings them to life with vitality and assurance. This book - in fact, all her books - will not only be enjoyed by young readers, but also by any adult (teachers take note) interested in our fascinating history. Highly recommended.
-R. Gordon Moyles, CBRA
The effect of sandwiching the fictional story between these two accounts of historical research enriches the book and provides its young readers with some idea of how we find out about the past. The story itself equips its readers with a new lens on that past. For a simple and relatively undemanding story, it achieves effects of some complexity.
-Margaret Mackey, University of Alberta