The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed is an interesting little book. I was constantly evaluating who the audience would be as I read until it dawned on me that this would be the sort of book I would've liked when I was a child--sort of the Witch of Blackbird Pond type thing, where it takes you to another place and time and a girl could be a hero. It's well-written and the pages fly by; set aboard a whaling ship in the 1830s, we follow 13 year old Patience as she reluctantly joins her captain father on his 3 year voyage. I enjoyed it enough to order the second book, The Education of Patience Goodspeed, and if some of the language was a bit awkward, well, that can be overlooked in a novel as fun as this one. My amazon review is found at http://tinyurl.com/4y2x6b.