Jonathan’s Locket by Lorraine Carey
My review follows Carey’s book blurb found on Amazon.
“Orphaned Jonathan Palmer is a fifteen year old stowaway aboard the doomed ship The Convert which was part of the fleet that crashed into the reef on Grand Cayman in 1794. This famous shipwreck was known as the Wreck of the Ten Sails. Jonathan was not lucky enough to survive the wreck along with eight other seamen. Problem was, no one ever knew he was even on board.
Two centuries later strange sightings have been reported of ghost ships, screams and eerie lights off the east end of Grand Cayman. Brandon Wallace, a troubled teen seems to acquire a strange affliction and begins to have bizarre encounters from the sea where he befriends a mystical sea turtle who holds the secrets to the mysterious sightings as he plunges into the world of the paranormal. Here he is compelled to embark on a dangerous journey, risking his life to uncover the dark secret of Jonathan’s death. This task proves to be even more dangerous when one of Brandon’s closest friends has other plans for him. This book won a Silver Award from Reader’s Favorite for Young Adult Mystery.”
From Carey’s book blurb, I knew this was a must read book for me. I wasn’t disappointed! An adventurous teenager in 1794, Jonathan Palmer, stows away on a doomed ship, The Convert, and there ensues this wonderfully written story. Orphans want to know about their past, really who they are, and Jonathan has a locket containing a lock of blonde hair – hair that belonged to his mother. Jonathan’s friend, and seasoned seaman, Peter, helps Jonathan stow away on this adventure. The narrative is written so well that one feels that they truly see the setting before them. I recommend this highly entertaining book for all young adults. Five stars!