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Sea Cutter
by Timothy Davis

Book I in The Chronicles of Nathaniel Childe (Volume 1)

First place winner of 2012 International Digital Awards for Short YA fiction.

It's 1771 and I've just gotten a secret message from Father who-all of New Bedford says-went down with his ship in 1769, when I was eleven. I know I promised my old friend Wayland not to put to sea without Mother's permission, but what's more important-keeping a promise or finding Father? If you want to come with me, help me find a ship bound for the South Atlantic, and we'll search together for a legendary island, and Father.

But watch out for a smelly, slim, oily-looking sailor with a tattoo of a viper coiled around his arm. We're going to leave him far behind...
 

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