The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
Young Charles Darwin's interest in natural history dismayed his father and many of his teachers-they wished Charles would study instead of wandering about in nature or playing with chemistry sets. But Charles's obsession paid off : at age twenty-two, he was awarded the post of naturalist on a surveying ship about to make a trip around the world. After spending several years investigating exotic places, plants, and animals, Charles returned to England to compile his notes about what he experienced and observed. He also found a new passion-for Emma Wedgwood, his future wife. Map. Afterword. Bibliography.
JLG Release: Mar 2009
Awards & Honors
NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010, Biography
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild
Darwin’s famed travels and research are absorbing. Yet Carolyn Meyers makes the lesser-known aspects of his biography—his close relationships with his uncle Jos and his older brother, Erasmus; his heartbreak when he learns that a girlfriend has married someone else—as compelling as his overseas adventures.
With a believable voice and wonderful period details, Meyers draws a complex portrait of the celebrated naturalist, complete with his doubts, fears, joy, and zeal. After reading Darwin’s captivating story, readers may observe their surroundings with a little more wonder and awe.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 7.5; Points: 14;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 8.7; Points: 19;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882), Childhood, Boarding schools, Truancy, Pranks, Specimen collection, Doctors, Hazing, Family, Christmas, Robinson Crusoe, Chemistry, Laboratories, Shooting, Boating, Scientific observation, Careers, Medicine, Taxidermy, Evolution, Scientific rivalry, The clergy, Courtship, Titian's Venus, Geology, Faith, HMS Beagle, Sea voyages, Seasickness, Crossing the equator, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," Romantic disappointment, Slavery, Fossils, Tierra del Fuego, Missionaries, Death, Letters, Illness, Stress, The Galapagos Islands, Homesickness, Fame, Returning home, Changes, Feminists, Scientific theories, Marriage, Setting up a household, Darwin's writings,