Michael Northrop (Author)


A crew of children must pilot a ship across unfamiliar seas while a strange creature lurks belowdecks in this fast-paced survival story from New York Times bestselling author Michael Northrop.
Alone at sea, with only the stars to guide them...

The proud sailing ship Polaris is on a mission to explore new lands, and its crew is eager to bring their discoveries back home. But when half the landing party
fails to return from the Amazon jungle, the tensions lead to a bloody mutiny. The remaining adults abandon ship, leaving behind a cabin boy, a botanist's assistant, and a handful of deckhands -- none of them older than twelve. Troubled by whispers of a strange tropical illness and rumors of a wild beast lurking onshore, the young sailors are desperate to steer the vessel to safety. When one of their own already missing and a strange smell drifting up from below deck, the novice crew begins to suspect that someone -- or something -- else is onboard. Having steeled themselves for the treacherous journey home, they now have more to fear than the raging waters of the Atlantic...

Product Details

Scholastic Press
Publish Date
March 26, 2019
5.2 X 0.8 X 7.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Michael Northrop is the New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, an epic book and game adventure series featuring the magic of ancient Egypt. He is also the author of Trapped, an Indie Next List selection, and Plunked, a New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing selection and an NPR Backseat Book Club pick. An editor at Sports Illustrated Kids for many years, he now writes full-time from his home in New York City. Learn more at michaelnorthrop.net.


"This story is scary fun. Loved it!" -- R.L. Stine, author of Goosebumps

"The salty sailing details and the drama of keeping afloat in the face of damaging
storms and winds is just as heart-pounding as the struggle for survival against the
threat already onboard. An exciting blend of nautical adventure and monstrous
horror." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Middle grade readers looking for an adventure on the high seas without leaving the
comfort of their homes will love this swashbuckling, spine-tingling tale." --
School Library Journal

"A chilling tale of horror on the high seas... Sure to linger after the lights have been
turned out." -- Publishers Weekly