Neale, Jonathan. Lost at sea, a novel.

Author:Lisowski, Heather
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

NEALE, Jonathan. Lost at sea, a novel. Houghton Mifflin. 101p. c2002. 0-618-43236-1. $5.95. J

When Jack and Orrie board the sailboat owned by their mother's boyfriend, life looks quite promising. Skip seems to be a great guy, and their mentally ill mother has not had any breakdowns lately. This all changes when Skip (who proves not quite stable when he pours a can of Spaghetti-Os into the boat's engine) falls overboard. Their mother descends into a nearly catatonic state, and the children must assume responsibility for sailing the boat and keeping their mother, their little brother, and themselves alive. They are afraid that if they ask anyone for help, their mother's illness will be discovered, and she will be sent to a mental institution. Jack and Orrie are successful in controlling the boat until a storm arises, and then they must sail their way through it without an engine.

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