Stowaway by Karen Hesse

Young Llama Thoughts
  • Adventurous
  • Christian Friendly
  • Easy Reading
  • Humerous
  • Youth Appropriate
4.5 Llamas


Ok! THIS BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!! And the story is a accurate! (Though, this is a fictional story, the characters are NOT made up) I do not have enough words to tell you how awesome that is! Most of the books I read are fiction. But this book is a fictional story about a real person!!!!!!!

The story is about Nicholas Young, who was a stowaway on Captain James Cooks ship. The story is fascinating and very intriguing. But, since they are sailing around the world they do meet Natives who are naked as a shaved Wookie. It doesn’t describe anything besides saying that they are naked. But the poor kid in the book, did have to see quite a few bare-bottomed natives. (Men and women)

Also, near the end of the book there were two curse words. I was VERY unhappy when they came up, but unfortunately they are there… (WHY!!!!!!!!!!)

Over all, I am going to say this book is very kid-friendly, but I REALLY wish the curse words weren’t in it… 🙁 Have a nice day! -The Young Llama Reader.


  • AWESOME!!!!!
  • Historically accurate!
  • Very kid-friendly!!!!!!!


  • Mentions of the ‘Natives’ who didn’t… wear anything…
  • Two curse words

It is known that in the summer of 1768, Captain James Cook sailed from England on H.M.S Endeavour, beginning a three-year voyage around the world on a secret mission to discover an unknown continent at the bottom of the globe. What is less known is that a boy by the name of Nicholas Young was a stowaway on that ship.

Newbery winner Karen Hesse re-creates Cook’s momentous voyage through the eyes of this remarkable boy, creating a fictional journal filled with fierce hurricanes, warring natives, and disease, as Nick discovers new lands, incredible creatures, and lifelong friends.

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