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!