My latest Dutch books Boreas en de zeven zeeën (June 2015), Boreas en de duizend eilanden (May 2016), and Boreas en de vier windstreken (expected, April 2017) are the first three books of an action-packed middle grade series about twelve-year-old Boreas, who circumnavigates the world with his parents on a sailboat. A breathtaking, bloodcurdling series for all adventurers – whether they can sail or not!
Boreas en de zeven zeeën / Boreas and the Seven Seas – The story of 12-year-old Boreas, who has to go on a round-the-world trip with his parents.
On a sailboat.
For three years!
Needless to say, Boreas isn’t psyched about this adventure. Which 12-year-old wants to spend three years on a small boat with his parents? Boreas wants to hang out with his friends, go to soccer games, start high school after summer break. But he has no say in the matter, no choice. They will board the Argo, an old First 42, and they will sail.
Initially, Boreas is bored out of his mind, but then he ends up in adventure after adventure, from colliding into a young refugee’s raft in the coastal waters of France, to an insane tractor race on the Channel Island Sark, to a scary stowaway adventure on a Spanish fishing vessel with his best friend Merel, who joins them during summer break.
Boreas en de duizend eilanden / Boreas and the Thousand Islands – Boreas’s travels continue, from Portugal to the Canary Islands, where the prepare to cross the Atlantic Ocean. On his way to the Carribean, Boreas learns to fish like a pro, navigate, sail through the night. But week after week with nothing but an ocean of water and your parents around you, gets on your nerves too. Luckily, Boreas befriends the American girl Gale, who singlehandedly circumnavigates the world and needs their help after a fierce storm.
Boreas en de vier windstreken / Boreas and the Four Winds – After no less than seven seas and a thousand islands, Boreas has arrived in the United States of America. He can’t wait to explore the country — until he stands face to face with the perilous predators that roam around free.
After the United States, they sail to Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Colombia, before they pass the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean. From the Galapagos Islands they set sail again to their next port of call: Polynesia. At least, if global warming doesn’t mess up everything, because where did that typhoon come from? And how on earth do you navigate if you don’t even have a compass left…?
Boreas en de vier windstreken comes out April 19, 2017!
The press about Boreas en de zeven zeeën:
Boekenbijlage wrote: “Boreas’s story is informative and thrilling and makes you forget at which beach you are. You experience the waves and the wind as if you are there, and you feel Boreas’ doubts after he starts seeing the fun part of traveling. Action, drama, bantering and mortal fear. It’s all in there. And breathlessness, but that’s mainly with the reader. Because you want to read this book in one go.
It doesn’t matter whether or not you like sailing or traveling, if you’re a boy or a girl, a man or a woman. No one will regret choosing this book.”
Kidsweek gave Boreas four stars and wrote: “Great about this book is the adventurous voice. The lapping of waves, the nightly tingling of boats in a port, the panic at sea when the wind hurls the boat to a broach. It’s like you are there and feel the wind pull your hair.”
The Dutch Boreas site: Boreas Boeken.