Title: The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed
Author: Heather Vogel Frederick
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: October 1835. Patience Goodspeed, almost thirteen years old, departs from Nantucket aboard her father's whaling ship. Between kitchen duty and whale blubber stench, this voyage is far from a pleasure cruise. At least Papa lets Patience assist the ship's navigator since she's so good at calculations.But the smooth sailing doesn't last long. Mutinous mates maroon most of the crew, including Patience's father and brother, on a deserted island. Can Patience rescue everyone before it's too late?
First Line: "Absolutely, positively not!" roared my father in a voice meant to be heard through the teeth of a Cape Horn gale.
My Thoughts: This first line is another winner. The first sentence alone screams conflict and a bunch of questions that have yet to be answered. For example: Whose father is yelling? Why is he yelling? What's he yelling about? What's going to happen next? At the same time I feel like the first line perfectly captures the intriguing, adventurous, and daring nature of the entire book. And, like all great first lines, it makes you want to read more!