Parents' Guide to

Voyage of the Frog

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Harrowing adventure good for reluctant readers.

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age 7+

Based on 1 parent review

age 7+

Perfect for tweens.

We read this aloud to our three boys when my oldest was 11 ish, then we found The Hatchet, they loved it as well.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

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Most young readers enjoy fast-moving adventure stories, and reluctant readers need such fare to help them experience the excitement that can be found in books; Paulsen satisfies these needs. And he does it with first-rate writing and interesting information as well.

The author respects his teenage character enough to portray the boy's fear, but also enough to show him conquering his fear with intelligence and courage. Coping with an apparent attack by a shark, a near collision with a huge oil tanker, and an escort of killer whales, David learns to use his limited knowledge of the sea to survive. In doing so, he begins to understand his uncle's desire to spend his life studying, to learn everything he possibly can learn in his lifetime, offering an excellent example to young readers without lecturing them. By the time David has won his battle to save his little boat and survive, he has reached a new maturity that allows him to turn down the offer of rescue.

Book Details

  • Author: Gary Paulsen
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publication date: January 1, 1989
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 141
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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