Captain Cook's Apprentice

Author(s): Anthony Hill


This is the enthralling true story of Captain Cook's first, three-year-long voyage to Australia on board the Endeavour, seen through the eyes of a cabin boy, Isaac Manley, who was twelve when the journey started in 1768. The trip is hazardous and exciting, and Isaac's eyes are opened to many new experiences. Not all his fellow crewmen survive the trip - some fall from the boat and are drowned, some are killed by hostile conditions in other lands, some die of disease. Isaac becomes friends with a native girl on the idyllic island of Tahiti, and gets a tattoo there. He witnesses the violent skirmishes Cook's men have with the Maori people on the shores of New Zealand, survives the ordeal of the ship striking a coral reef at the Great Barrier Reef, and watches the first confusing and extraordinary encounters between Cook and the Aborigines he met there. In this entertaining, exciting and informative story, best-selling and award-winning author Anthony Hill recreates the struggles and joys of an epic voyage of discovery, and makes the story accessible to a young audience. Nonfiction presented in the style of a novel.


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General Fields

  • : 9780143004820
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : Penguin Books Australia
  • : 198x129mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Anthony Hill
  • : Paperback
  • : 910.92
  • : 276
  • : Adventure stories
  • : Illustrations (some col.), maps, ports.