by Avi


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Tony can hardly believe it. He's sailing with the wind, maneuvering through the narrow channels between the offshore islands with amazing skill. And he'sjust learned to sail! But suddenly Tony is confused. Which way had he come? Which way is he headed? And who are the mysterious couple with the high powered motor boat who are to busy searching beneath the water to answer his call for help?

Tony does some searching on his own. What he discovers leads him on a daring hunt for a 200-year-old shipwreck . . . and a dangerous confrontation with treasure hunters who will stop at nothing to keep Tony from learning their secret.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380718054
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/1992
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 503,547
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.26(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Avi is the award-winning author of more than eighty-two books for young readers, ranging from animal fantasy to gripping historical fiction, picture books to young adult novels. Crispin: The Cross of Lead won the Newbery Medal, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle and Nothing But the Truth were awarded Newbery Honors. He is also the author of the popular Poppy series. Avi lives in Denver, Colorado. Visit him online at

Date of Birth:

December 23, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


University of Wisconsin; M.A. in Library Science from Columbia University, 1964

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Windcatcher (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. It has a lot of suspense and mystery. Great for ages 9-12. Read it.
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Windcatrcher is a very well written book that is very entertaining and the book has an adventurous story line. This book starts to take a setting in Connecticut in the 1990¿s with a boy called Tony Souza. He is convinced himself and his parents that he should buy a sail boat for three hundred dollars that is called the ¿Sharky.¿ When he bought his boat, his parents said he would have to follow some rules and if he wanted to sail he would have to go stay with his grandmother. She lived in Swallows Bay, which is in between New Heaven and New London. When he begged his grandma to let him go sailing, she told him he would have to have an instructor to teach him how to sail. He didn¿t care, he was just excited to get his boat out to sail. He met his instructor and her name was Chris. She was about his age and they got along well. She told him the basics of the boat and then let him explore thee experience of sailing. After a while, after Tony made a few first time sailor mistakes such as ¿capsizing,¿ he started to begin to love sailing and was getting better at it little by little. In the mists of learning how to sail, he started learning about the town and its history. He starts to learn that the town is known for an old shipwreck that occurred two hundred years ago and was never found. He starts to research the information and learns a lot about the wreck. The boat is known as a British ship, which Tony believes, is called the ¿swallows.¿ The reason for the wreck was the ship was said to be sailing during a hurricane and hit rock and sank, which left no survivors. After discovering all this information, Tony is off on an adventurous treasure hunt and runs into a couple that is very suspicious and not very friendly. He finds himself troubled by the couple and he gets suspicious that maybe they¿re looking for treasure also. Throughout the story, he shows his love for sailing like his grandma says, ¿Espero que vece aleance ventro dos seus desejos.¿ Which means he has a love or passion for sailing. In the story he finds himself getting into trouble but exciting adventures and thrills. I recommend this book to all adventurous readers. The story is full of excitement and unexpected twist and turns. This book makes you feel like you are Tony Souza. This book makes you want to go out and sail or go on an adventure and go looking for old wrecked ships and old treasure. This book comes alive when you read it. This is a must read and I wish I could read another book that is just as good or as similar to this book. All I have to say is go to your local library and read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Wind Catcher was an outstanding book. I love how Avi always keeps you in suspence. I really enjoy her mystery books. I highly recomend this great book to kids anywhere from 9-12.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a great book, infact Ive never read a book with such an interesting and creative plot to it. It was trully an exellent and intertaining book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this to others who just love reading.I think it is a great book.I think so and you might too!! Have fun reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great even though i hardly ever read books it was one of the very few that i have accually gotten past the first few chapters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like riding around in boats, you'll like Windcatcher by Avi. Much water fun!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avi is such a great writer-he makes reading so much fun. You feel like you are right there on the spot. I recomend all this book for water-lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great, fun filled story!! Avi makes you feel right on the spot. I recomend this book for all people who like water.