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    A. Catherall(Author)

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  • A. Catherall(Author)
  • William Morrow (November 1978)
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  • By Richard and Liz on February 4, 2017

    Two stories start this book:1. Wreckage from a Scottish trawler damages the 900 ton cod schooner, Faroes Seeker. Its crew were looking forward to docking in the next 12 hours after 6 months at sea. All that changes when the propeller is destroyed thus causing more damage. The nearest Faroes island, Mykines, on which most of this story occurs, is only 50 miles away,2. Sven, 16, is in the bay fishing with Uncle Aksel watching the men on the cliff top fowling (catching birds for winter food). Uncle Aksel suddenly swats at a grindalokkur (daddy long legs). What's the significance? These are only seen at sea level when there are grind (caaing whales) in the area. There have not been any whales in these parts for many years. Sven has never seen any. Whales mean blubber, meat and income. Watching, they see the whales approaching. Motioning to the men on the cliff, Sven is upset that his uncle will not allow him to go with the fowling/hunting party.Just 4 old men, Sven and women left on the island due to all the other men having taken all the remaining boats to hunt the whales further north. A big storm comes in thus preventing any rescue boats from attempting to rescue the crew of the Faroes Seeker. When the schooner is finally spotted the following morning, it is drifting towards dangerous rocks. Is there any hope for it and the crew? What's this? Man overboard? Can "he" reach shore? Can Sven help? Oh my! What a surprise!This is the start of a fast paced, suspense filled, dangerous adventure for the folks on the island. You won't want to put this down. EXCELLENT! I read this aloud to our family and everyone loved it. Purchasing this for my Kindle, I was not required to write a review but chose to do so. Thanks, Liz

  • By David B. Goehner on February 12, 2015

    I first read this book in the mid-1960's, having ordered the book through Scholastic Books at school. I remember being absorbed by everything in the book...the thought of living on an island, climbing rock walls, the ocean, the strange intruder, the way in which the islanders worked together to solve the problem. My original copy got lost somewhere in the midst of various moves and just getting older. On a whim, after reading my youngest daughter's most recent Scholastic Books order form from her school, I researched some of the books I remembered from school days and found The Strange Intruder. As before, I was absorbed by everything in the book...read it in one sitting. I look forward to passing the book on to my grandkids.

  • By BookAddict on February 28, 2014

    A slow start, but once it gets going we were hooked and found it hard to put down! We loved it.

  • By Chatelaine on July 18, 2007

    The island of Mykines is the smallest of the Faroe Islands. The farthest to the northwest, it is closer to Iceland than Scotland. The climate is harsh, and the people are hardy, and when whales are sighted, all the able-bodied men left on the island set out to hunt them. All except sixteen-year-old Sven. He had been hunting sea birds with his uncle and six other men, and could not make it to the landing before the other men took off in the boats. This turned out to be well, as Sven would be needed on the island.Sven's father had been on the crew of a cod schooner, the Faroes Seeker. They had been out six months and were on their way to sell their catch and return home to their families. Just before the whale hunt the Faroes Seeker was damaged by floating wreckage and a man badly injured, and they radioed for help. Since the other men had left the island, they could not come to their rescue. A terrific storm blew up, and the ship was in imminent danger of being smashed against the rocky coast. The older men and the women on the island were ready to help the drifting men in the boat in any way, but it would need someone with more physical strength and endurance to aid the men if they were shipwrecked on the rocks.To further complicate matters, the strange intruder showed up, and was very dangerous. Sven feels the responsibility to protect the people on the island, but he knows the men on the boat are depending on his help. His desperate dilemma is how to do both. He seems never to stop running almost from the beginning of the book, and eventually puts his own life on the line to protect those around him.Although people live in the Faroes Islands, you probably haven't read too many books that are set there. I was interested to read about a little about life in these islands. Arthur Catherall has woven an exciting adventure of a young man who needs the courage and strength to do what is right. A great book for a rainy day!


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