Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

Illustrator: Ian Schoenherr

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142501184
  • 336 Pages
  • Firebird
  • 8-12 years


A boy and dog trapped aboard the legendary ship, the Flying Dutchman, are sent off on an eternal journey by an avenging angel, roaming the earth throughout the centuries in search of those in need.  Their travels lead them to Chapelvale, a sleepy nineteenth century village whose very existence is at stake.  Only by discovering the buried secrets and solving the dust-laden riddles of the ancient village can it be saved.  This will take the will and wile of all the people-and a very special boy and dog!  Brian Jacques turns from Redwall to a very different sort of story, and succeeds admirably.


“Sophisticated readers…will come away with images and characters who are impossible to forget.” -School Library Journal

“In Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Brian Jacques takes a bold and brilliant creative step.  Using the legend of a never-ending voyage, he enriches, deepens, and gives new meaning to it.  He combines ample measures of suspense, fantasy, and mystery, of poetry and great poignancy, and the emotional impact is powerful and unforgettable.  It’s exciting to see a front-rank author rise to a new challenge-and his readers are the fortunate beneficiaries.” -Lloyd Alexander

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