After reading Consider the Octopus a few weeks ago, I started wondering whether other middle grade books set on a ship exist. I could think of a couple of others right away, but I was stumped after. I turned to my Twitter community of readers, teachers, and librarians and they showed up with fantastic recommendations of tween books set aboard sailing ships. I’m happy to share some top picks with you!
When Jeremy “JB” Barnes is tasked by his research scientist mom and her teammates aboard a research ship to invite a group of scientists aboard their ship for publicity, he makes a huge mistake. Instead of inviting THE Dr. Sidney Miller, he ends up sending an invite to 12-year-old Sidney Miller who’s looking for an engaging, STEM-related science activity for the summer. When he realizes his mistake, he has to conceal Sidney aboard the ship even as they collaborate to help find more publicity for the research work on the Pacific Garbage Patch.