“Sailing to Freedom”

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In Sailing to Freedom by Martha Bennett Stiles, Ray, a 12 year old boy, is forced to live with his mean uncle, Slye for awhile.  Since Ray's uncle partially starves him, Ray's c

In Sailing to Freedom by Martha Bennett Stiles, Ray, a 12 year old boy, is forced to live with his mean uncle, Slye for awhile.  Since Ray's uncle partially starves him, Ray's capuchin monkey, Allie, sneaks out and steals food from Slye's shop.  After she's caught, Slye threatens to kill Allie if Ray doesn't sell her.  Instead Ray asks his Uncle Thad if he can go to sea with him.  "Can you milk a goat?" Thad asks Ray.  When Ray says yes Thad welcomes him aboard with the instructions, "Then you can milk our goat and do anything else cook wants."

While he's helping in the kitchen, Ray often sees the cook go inside the pantry for long periods of time.  Ray is not allowed in the pantry but he sneaks in when the cook is sleeping and he ends up seeing something that puts his life in danger.

If I were to rate this book on a scale of one to five I would give it a four.  There is some mild language and there are some slow parts.  The parts that were interesting were very good and appealing . I would recommend this book to kids ages 9 and up who like adventures.  I hope you like this book like I did.