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JANUARY 3, 2007
Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi
Part of the “An I Can Read” chapter book series this is based on a story from the early 1880’s thought to be factual about a young schoolgirl who must unexpectedly replace the First Mate at the wheel of a small freight boat after he becomes ill. Her father, Captain Bates, takes over the wheel of a sailing ship recently damaged in a collision with another boat and has the ship towed to Pier 42 up the Hudson River. Through rough waters and navigating her route through the busy New York harbor, Abigail manages to deliver the injured sailing ship safely to the pier, along with the help of her younger brother, while still arriving in New York City in time for school. She becomes heroine of the day and is given new rank of Captain Abigail. Written by popular author Avi, the action-packed story is filled with watercolor and line illustrations that add to the drama. It also includes a map showing the 20 mile route Abigail takes from New Jersey to New York. This would be a good choice for readers at about the 2nd grade level.

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