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Dowswell, Paul.
New York : Bloomsbury , Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck, 2005.
ISBN 1582346755
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Do you know what a powder monkey is?  Let's see if you can figure it out.  Great Britain is at war with France and Spain.  The year is 1800 and fighting at sea is a bloody, close-up affair.  Sam Witchall is 13 years old and he has been forced into the lowest job on the ship -- that of powder monkey.  His job is to carry the huge barrels of gun powder up to the men who are firing the cannons.  This is a very dangerous job.  You see, just one little spark can cause the barrel to blow up and more than one powder monkey has been killed this way.  But Sam has no choice.  He must continue working and hope for the best.  If you are interested in this time period and would like to know what life was like on a battle ship, be sure to pick up Powder Monkey : the adventures of Sam Witchall.
SUBJECTS:     Great Britain -- History, Naval -- 19th century -- Fiction.
                        Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 -- Fiction.
                        Sea stories.
                        Historical fiction.

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