The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

By Meyer, Carolyn

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The fascinating journey of a famous naturalistYoung Charley Darwin hated school—he much preferred to be outside studying birds' eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined. Here, just in time for Darwin's 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his groundbreaking On the Origin of Species, historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures. It's the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.

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978-0-15206-194-4
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Gr 6-10 In this first-person novel, Meyer takes the facts of Darwin's life and enlivens them with fictional dialogue and thoughts. Charley's unhappiness at boarding school, his fascination with science and collecting natural objects, and his relationships with friends and family are all explored. His time aboard the "Beagle" makes up close to half of the book and is filled with adventures with gauchos and Galapagos tortoises...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Meyer's fictionalized biography provides a first-person account of Charley's schooling, family life, romantic disappointments, and adventures on ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

As Charles “Charley” Darwin narrates this fictionalized autobiography about his years from boyhood to marriage, readers not only learn the events of his life, but also gain insight into thoughts and concerns he may have had. For instance, when his sister Caroline says it’s cruel to kill an animal for a collection, nine-year-old Charley thinks, “This made me feel guilty but did not stop me from my sins such as netting butterflies and mercilessly pinning them in flat boxes. . . .”...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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