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Journey to Atlantis

by Philip Roy

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list price: $12.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Sep 2009
ISBN:9781553800767
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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In this sequel to the prize-winning young adult novel Submarine Outlaw, the sea of myth and legends beckons young Alfred once again, and the intrepid young explorer answers the call. With his loyal crew of a dog and a seagull by his side, Alfred sails across the Atlantic in his homemade submarine and enters the Mediterranean in search of the fabled lost island of Atlantis. Ziegfried, genius and master builder of the sub, cautions Alfred to be careful and practical. Yet Sheba, friend andisland enchantress, whispers to Alfred: "Trust your feelings." Indeed, Alfred must trust his premonitions many times on this ambitious and far-reaching adventure. From a daring rescue of drowning fishermen, to a skirmish between the Canadian coastguard and Spanish fishing trawlers; from escaping an exploding WWII sea mine, to colliding with a submerged container filled with toys; from turning the chase on bumbling pirates, to an unscheduled camel trek into the Sahara, Alfred's submarine voyagebrings him closer and closer to the legendary island until one moonless night he finds himself a little too close for comfort.

"Philip Roy's confident, refreshing Journey to Atlantis avoids the tendency now to write such stories as complicated grand narratives set in magical secondary worlds, and provides a lean, linear, episodic tale [that] has an odd credibility about it, and appealing characters: as for whether it is a “boys' book,' it seems more a mostly male world that doesn't preclude female participation or readership." - Canadian Literature

"An excellent read that takes no time at all; you will not want to put Journey to Atlantis down as the action pulls you forward through the Atlantic Ocean. If you're looking for an underwater adventure that completely delivers, Journey to Atlantis is definitely worth the read." - What If? Magazine

"Philip Roy presents another exciting adventure story. . . . Roy covers a neatly fused set of events and topics in an informative and non-didactic way. Journey to Atlantis would be useful in the classroom, especially when read along with a geography or social studies unit on modern ocean travel, the Mediterranean area, or ancient Minoan society. Beyond its practical applications, Journey to Atlantis is really interesting!" - CM Magazine

"This novel will appeal to students who are interested in the history of Atlantis, or who are interested in nautical adventures." - Resource Links

"Roy has crafted an adventure tale that readers willrelish. . . . It is an altogether charming read that will capture the imagination of any young reader who has ever dreamt of exploring the world." - Atlantic Books Today

"Confident, refreshing . . . compelling . . . echoing the myths and legends, knowledge of seafaring and sea lore. Like Treasure Island's Jim, Alfred is old enough to pursue his quest . . . young enough to retain a sense of wonder . . . it has an odd credibility about it, and appealing characters. Philip Roy . . . embraces a more comprehensive definition, resulting in another fabulously rich tale of adventure." - Canadian Literature

"Journey to Atlantis kept me biting my nails as Al and his crew of dog and seagull tackled peril after peril. Al's a rare thing these days, an intelligent hero driven by intellectual curiosity, a courageous hero in the face of both physical danger and ethical choices, a hero we'd all want to be. The story plunges from one tense moment to another yet still has time for fun, for thoughtfulness, and for wonder at the world above and below the sea." - K. V. Johansen, author of The Warlocks of Talverdin

Contributor Notes

Philip Francis Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He grew up beside the ocean, and it now features in many of the stories he writes. His university studies included music and history, but he also knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels. Travelling far and wide, Roy continues to weave tales of adventure, history, geography and cultural diversity. Commenting on his Submarine Outlaw series, Philip says, "These are the stories I wished I could have read when Iwas young. It is such a joy to write them now and share them with readers young and old." When not travelling, Philip divides his time between Nova Scotia and Ontario.

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Fascinating from Cover-to-Cover

My kids loved Journey to Atlantis (book 2) even more than the first book in the series, (Submarine Outlaw). Philip Roy does a great job of appealing to the explorer in all of us. And he definitely raises the question of whether or not Atlantis exists. Al's travels in the Mediterranean are interesting, and magical. This is the kind of book that both girls and boys love; it's well-written and fascinating from start-to-finish.

Journey to Atlantis Reviews

“Confident, refreshing….compelling….echoing the myths and legends, knowledge of seafaring and sea lore. Like Treasure Island‘s Jim, Alfred is old enough to pursue his quest…young enough to retain a sense of wonder….it has an odd credibility about it, and appealing characters. Philip Roy…embraces a more comprehensive definition, resulting in another fabulously rich tale of adventure.“–Canadian Literature

“Journey to Atlantis kept me biting my nails as Al and his crew of dog and seagull tackled peril after peril. Al’s a rare thing these days, an intelligent hero driven by intellectual curiosity, a courageous hero in the face of both physical danger and ethical choices, a hero we’d all want to be. The story plunges from one tense moment to another yet still has time for fun, for thoughtfulness, and for wonder at the world above and below the sea.” —K. V. Johansen, author of the Warlocks of Talverdin series

Journey to Atlantis Review

Journey to Atlantis was filled with adventure and magic. I loved this second book in the series. And I love the cover of the book, too!

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Journey to Atlantis

Al’s adventures continue in this second title in the Submarine Outlaw series. Supported by his family and friends, the submarine has been improved . And after a winter of research, 15-year old Al has a new goal. He sets off from his home in Newfoundland to look for the lost city of Atlantis. Accompanied only by his dog Hollie and his seagull Seaweed, the crew has many adventures encountering coast guard boats, whales, pirates and movie stars. They cross the Atlantic, visit the Azores, and travel through the Strait of Gibraltar on their way to the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. The exciting action keeps the plot moving. An ambiguous ending allows readers to form their own conclusions about the success of the quest.

This novel will complement the study of Ancient Greece. Journey to Atlantis has been nominated for a Hackmatack Award.

Caution: The characters grapple with the possible existence of mermaids and a brief reference to magic is made.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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