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Ghost Voyages 4: Champlain & Cartier

by Cora Taylor

Ghost Voyages 4: Champlain & Cartier
Jeremy makes trips on Captain Cook's famous ships - the Endeavour and the Resolution - but in the present he travels to Toronto to meet his Dad and his new family.

Jeremy's going on more amazing voyages, this time with both Canadian explorers Samuel de Champlain and Jacques Cartier, and also on what could be a deadly boat race in modern-day Australia.

Jeremy is back home after a holiday in Toronto with his dad and his dad's new wife, and he's also back on his incredible travels into the past. All he has to do is pick up his grandfather's old magnifying glass, look at a stamp with a ship on it - –and instantly he's on board!

And he's got lots of reasons for wanting to escape. Since he went on his holiday, Jeremy's mom has a new boyfriend, Ike. It's her first boyfriend since she divorced Jeremy's father. Jeremy doesn't like Ike very much, but he could turn out to be Jeremy's new dad.

In search of escape, Jeremy plunges into new shipboard adventures. He almost gets caught on board Samuel de Champlain's ship, during its 1606 trip up the St. Lawrence River. He witnesses Jacques Cartier's turbulent encounters in 1535 with Canada's original First Nations inhabitants. And, he nearly drowns on a yacht in the infamous Australian Sydney to Hobart race in 1998, during which five boats sink and six people die.

Jeremy also runs into his own grandfather (as a young boy) and his own grandson, both travellers from their own times, and they help each other out of dangerous situations.


5.25" x 7.5" 120 pages
7.95 CDN; 6.95 USD
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Cora Taylor
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About the Author

Cora Taylor is one of Canada's best-known children's authors. She has published more than a dozen juvenile novels. Cora's Coteau titles include the very successful "Ghost Voyages" series and the "Spy Who Wasn't There" series, which includes Adventures in Istanbul and Murder in Mexico as well as her latest book, Chaos in China. Other recent titles include On Wings of Evil and several 'Our Canadian Girl's titles.

Cora Taylor's books have won several awards, including the Canada Council of Children's Literature Prize, the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year Award, the Ruth Schwartz Book Award and Alberta's R. Ross Annett Award for Children's Literature, the Red Cedar Readers' Choice Award, and most recently, the Golden Eagle Readers' Choice Award. Cora was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She now divides her time between Edmonton, Ontario and Florida. In fall 2008, she toured Prince Edward Island as a part of the Canadian Children's Book Centre's TD Canadian Children's Book Week 2008.

From the author: There are lots of reasons why I became a writer. One version has to do with an aunt, my mother's older sister, who died before I was born. Our home was filled with pictures of this beautiful young woman in a wedding dress and I heard stories about her all the time. She came to be almost a fairy tale character to me. She was buried in the family plot in her wedding dress as was the custom then. To add to her legend, I was told that her grieving husband had gone to Lake of the Woods in Ontario where they had spent their honeymoon to have her tombstone made from a rock they used to sit beside. Since his last name was Love, that was the word the filled the top of this stone. Enough for any child to create a fairy tale. One day when I was snooping through my grandmother's desk I came upon a bundle of her letters home. Reading them, my fairy tale princess suddenly became a real person. She was warm and she was very funny - and suddenly she was alive to me. At that moment I realized how people you've never met can reach out and touch you. It was something I might have figured out from the books I read but it took this very personal situation to make me want to be a writer and reach people I would never get to know.



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