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The Boy Who Was Generous with Salt Cover art by Michael Hays ©2010

Glowing illustrations help take young readers back in time as they set sail with Ned from Wellfleet Harbor in search of cod. As he adjusts to life on the sea–long days of rising at three, cooking and cleaning in the galley, fishing alongside the crew–so too will they get an authentic glipse of a fascinating era long gone but somehow still calling us.

Corinne Demas, a.k.a. Corinne Demas Bliss, is the author os numerous children’s books, including Hurricane! (Cavendish Children’s Books, 2000) The Disappearing Island, and If Ever I Return Again. She has also written several books for adults including Eleven Story High: Growing Up in Stuyvesant Town, 1948-1968, and is a professor of English at Mount Holyoke College. She lives in Western Massachusetts and summers on Cape Cod. Visit her website,

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The Boy Who Was Generous with Salt

by Corinne Demas
illustrated by Michael Hays

Marshall Cavendish 2002

Life has never been easy for Cape Cod fishermen, but for one young boy in the 1850s it’s become downright daring.

Ned’s always been clever. He’s always been hard-working. Now called upon to go to sea as ship’s cook aboard the fishing schooner Adeline, he has to be brave as well.

Not yet nine, Ned knows how to make biscuits and chowder and bean soup. More importantly, he knows it’s up to him, as the eldest of four to help his mother support the family. Sure, he’ll miss everyone, but he’s aware how lucky he really is. If the captain wasn’t a cousin of his late father, he might never be given such an opportunity. He’ll just have to do his best, look on it as an adventure, and pray that he’s home for his birthday!

The Boy Who Was Generous with Salt art by Michael Hays ©2010