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Lionheart: A Journey of the Human Spirit Paperback – May 1 2002

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  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin; 7th edition (May 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186508347X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1865083476
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #229,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 8 Up-In 1999, Martin sailed around the world solo and unassisted. In a 34-foot yacht named Lionheart, the 17-year-old Australian used no fossil fuels, received no supplies or visitors, and never stepped off the boat for the entire 10-month trip. His narrative is conversational in tone and unsparingly honest, revealing his insecurities as well as a quick wit. Restless and bored by school, he found that sailing became an obsession that intensified after some short excursions with family and friends. Martin wasn't deterred by the complexity or expense of a trip of this magnitude and he was resourceful in finding sponsors and sailing mentors. Remarkably, his mother mortgaged her house to help buy his boat. Once he set sail, the text changes to diary format and chronicles an unpredictable sea, loneliness and isolation, a troublesome leak, and near collisions with large ships. A map plots significant events such as a whale encounter, a force 10 storm, and the spot where he spent his 18th birthday. Solar panels and telephone and e-mail access remind readers that the author is a new breed of sailor, but his story is inspirational nonetheless. The narrative form is simple, and the book hits all the marks for scope, teen appeal, and emotion. Young adults will be heartened by Martin's message that even an ordinary kid can follow his dream.
Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


"All of us who spend time on the water will learn something from this account." -- Gary Jobson, America's Cup winner and ESPN sailing commentator

"Engaging tale with fresh, revealing narrative style" --

"Enjoyable and easy to read" -- Nautical Library

“A really inspirational story . . . it makes me want to venture out into the unknown and explore the world.” -- Northern Breezes

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