|The Dark Frigate
|Little, Brown and Company
|adventure, fiction, Newbery Medal
In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the "Rose of Devon," a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland.
Philip's bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain's regard. But when the "Rose of Devon" is seized in midocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these "gentlemen of fortune" on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate—with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.
With its bloody battles, brutal buccaneers, and bold, spirited hero, this rousing tale will enthrall young listeners in search of seafaring adventure. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Fischer, Anton Otto
Anton Otto Fischer (1882-1962) was an American illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post. Born in Germany but orphaned at an early age he ran away to escape being forced into the priesthood. He went to sea, sailing on German and U.S. merchant ships. In 1906 he worked for illustrator Arthur Burdette Frost who encouraged his artistic talents. He attended a French art school for two years and afterwards began to work on his own. He illustrated for several magazines including Harper's Weekly but was mostly known for providing illustrations for the Saturday Evening Post whom he worked for for 48 years. During World War II he was employed by the U.S. Coast Guard to provide 'heroic' illustrations of navy life. His drawings are archived in the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. (Dowling Walsh Gallery)
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