Tobias is eleven years old in 1738, when his father
signs him up as cabin boy on a trading galleon, the Merry Maiden. Having
no choice, as his wages have already been paid to his father, Tobias accepts his fate.
He learns map reading and navigation while
journeying across the Atlantic.
Not far into the journey, the Maiden is
attacked by pirates and forced to dock for repairs.
Tobias doesn’t realise that this journey will be a
He proves to be an excellent navigator and while at
the helm with his instructor, learns the story of the ghostly galleon, the Majestic
Maria, and the family of its captain, Lisbon, who, without Tobias knowing,
will play a pivotal role in his future.
Seafaring tales of revenge and questions without
answers haunt Tobias, for he is told that his father has kept secret, a
decision made for which he must account.
Tobias and best friend Quinn are forced to abandon
ship together after a severe storm. Here the story shifts and the setting
changes. The characters are placed in life-threatening situations where there
are many reveals.
Pirate attacks, the time-travelling ghostly galleon
and fantastic, interesting characters, are elements that shine throughout
this exciting debut novel. Its vivid descriptions of life on board a galleon, shipwrecks,
and other disasters experienced, plus the personal secrets kept by each person, keep the pages turning.
The Quest for the Galleon of Time is
a fast-paced read with many riveting sub-stories. I
consumed it in one sitting.
This middle grade novel launches a list of forthcoming,
stand-alone books by Tanya Hunter.
Title: The Quest for the Galleon of Time
Author: Tanya Hunter
Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing, $17.99
Publication Date: 1 August 2023
For ages: 10 – 14
Type: Middle Grade Fiction