The Wanderer

by Sharon Creech
320 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by bookRacoon

Nice, adventurous book.


Sophie has always felt the sea tugging at her, both exciting and frightening her. When she embarks on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean with her cousins and uncles, she discovers more about herself and the past she has tried to forget.


The characters are neither very immoral or very moral. Six people crossing the Atlantic on their own boat would make anyone's tempers snap at certain points. Some name-calling and bullying occurs, but nothing brutal.

Spiritual Content

Bompie was baptized, but the pastor tried to hold him underwater too long. People pray for a safe journey. This book is not very religious, though.


Sophie and her family are battered by the waves, and one huge wave (called "The Wave") causes Cody to gash his head against the rudder and cut his face badly. Bompie jumped off a bridge when he was younger and also accidentally drove his car into a river.

Drug and Alcohol Content

Nothing explicitly alcoholic, and no drugs.

Sexual Content

Sophie's uncle talked a little about his first kiss.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

"Darn" is used.


I found this surprisingly pleasant (surprisingly because of the odd characters and world in this authoress' book "Walk Two Moons"). It is a story that does not really involve God, but I found that there was great adventure and camaraderie, and Sharon Creech's writing style made the story go by very fast. Readers under thirteen might find it dry, however.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 13+

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