Item description for The Strange Intruder (Adventure Library) by Arthur Catherall...
Overview Location: Europe, Faroes Islands Time Period: Post Modern Era (1950 A.D.-present) Faroe Islands 1950s What begins as a quiet day of fishing, with 16-year-old Sven Klakk enviously watching the men using fleygs (fowling nets) to catch birds on the cliffs high above him, ends in a tumult of suspense and terror. A force ten gale; a damaged ship in danger of smashing up on the rocks of the island most of the crew call home; a handful of women, old men, and one 16-year-old boy, to rescue the desperately helpless men...Then, when it seems impossible for things to get any worse than they already are-they do! Arthur Catherall, a master of suspense, once again skillfully weaves an authentic tale of courage and suspense.
Publishers Description A normal day in the life of those who live on the small, rocky island of Mykines in the Faroes Islands is demanding enough, but nothing will ever compare to the unforgettable one that comes to the island one blustery fall day, especially for young 16-year-old Sven Klakk. What begins as a quiet day of fishing, with Sven enviously watching the men using fleygs (fowling nets) on the cliffs high above him, ends in a tumult of suspense and terror. A force ten gale; a damaged ship and crew in danger of smash-up on the rocks of its own island home; a handful of women, old men, and one 16-year-old boy, to rescue them...Then, when it seems impossible for things to get any worse than they already are--"they do Arthur Catherall, a master of suspense, once again skillfully weaves an authentic tale of courage and suspense.
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Studio: Bethlehem Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.6" Width: 6.64" Height: 0.53" Weight: 0.49 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Bethlehem books
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1883937973 ISBN13 9781883937973
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Adventure in the northern Scottish Faroe Islands Jul 18, 2007
The island of Mykines is the smallest of the Faroe Islands. The farthest to the northwest, it is closer to Iceland than Scotland. The climate is harsh, and the people are hardy, and when whales are sighted, all the able-bodied men left on the island set out to hunt them. All except sixteen-year-old Sven. He had been hunting sea birds with his uncle and six other men, and could not make it to the landing before the other men took off in the boats. This turned out to be well, as Sven would be needed on the island.
Sven's father had been on the crew of a cod schooner, the Faroes Seeker. They had been out six months and were on their way to sell their catch and return home to their families. Just before the whale hunt the Faroes Seeker was damaged by floating wreckage and a man badly injured, and they radioed for help. Since the other men had left the island, they could not come to their rescue. A terrific storm blew up, and the ship was in imminent danger of being smashed against the rocky coast. The older men and the women on the island were ready to help the drifting men in the boat in any way, but it would need someone with more physical strength and endurance to aid the men if they were shipwrecked on the rocks.
To further complicate matters, the strange intruder showed up, and was very dangerous. Sven feels the responsibility to protect the people on the island, but he knows the men on the boat are depending on his help. His desperate dilemma is how to do both. He seems never to stop running almost from the beginning of the book, and eventually puts his own life on the line to protect those around him.
Although people live in the Faroes Islands, you probably haven't read too many books that are set there. I was interested to read about a little about life in these islands. Arthur Catherall has woven an exciting adventure of a young man who needs the courage and strength to do what is right. A great book for a rainy day!