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River Odyssey

by Philip Roy

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list price: $11.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2010
ISBN:9781553801054
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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An Odyssey of Growth

River Odyssey, book 3 in the Submarine Outlaw series, is another testament to Roy's gift for writing great books for kids and teens. What's most interesting about this book is just how much Alfred grows as a person. The story is a bit more "localized" in that Alfred spends a good deal of time in Montreal looking for his father, (who left him after he was born), but he learns so much about himself in the process that the story never really loses its momentum. My kids loved this novel as much as its predecessors. When you look at the series as a whole, Roy's writing simply improves with each and every book!

River Odyssey Reviews

“Submarine Outlaw and its sequels have firmly established themselves as a riveting adventure series that has gathered a significant following who are anxiously awaiting this next installment. And they will not be disappointed! This personal quest and the internal struggles that it evokes for Alfred give this book a new dimension and allow his character to be more fully developed. . . . Roy continues to keep this series fresh and engaging. We will all join Alfred in anticipating his next voyage.”— Atlantic Books Today

“The age-old quest for the father gives depth to this exciting adventure story. Readers who discover the Submarine Outlaw in this book will want to read his earlier adventures and will eagerly await the next one. Highly recommended.”—CM Magazine

“Great books for reluctant readers. The language is clear and simple, the plot is full of exciting episodes–completely engaging.” –Kim Aippersbach

River Odyssey Review

I didn't think I would like this novel as much as the last two in the series, but it proved to be just as good as its predecessors. Al is really growing up, and I'm glad he took Sheba's advice. You can't go wrong with this series!

Association of Book Publishers of BC
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River Odyssey: The Submarine Outlaw Series

This is the third novel in the Submarine Outlaw series. Here Alfred takes a submarine excursion with his loyal shipmates, dog Hollie and seagull Seaweed. They leave from their safe cove in Newfoundland and travel up the unpredictable St Lawrence River in an effort to find his estranged father, believed to be working the shipyards in Montreal. After a treacherous journey involving ghosts and ancient shipwrecks, police chases and a near drowning, the battered Alfred finally reaches his destination and is rewarded by finding the treasure he had been seeking.

Submarine Outlaw earned Roy first prize in the Atlantic Writers Competition and ForeWord Review’s silver medal for Book of the Year. Journey to Atlantis, the second in the series, was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2011-2012.

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In the third volume of the Submarine Outlaw Series, Alfred sets off in his submarine up the dark and wilful St. Lawrence River. With Hollie and Seaweed, his dog and seagull crew, Alfred follows the route of Jacques Cartier, nearly five hundred years before them, as they sail down the Strait of Belle Isle into the largest river mouth in the world. But the St. Lawrence is a treacherous river, concealing many dangers beneath its surface, not least of all the cursed and ghostly Empress of Ireland, a sunken ocean-liner that has claimed the lives of over a thousand people and that reaches up to entangle the sub as they pass. Alfred must sail to Montreal to confront the man who abandoned him at birth - his father. Only then will he escape the unfinished business that haunts him. But is the quest worth the danger? And why is Alfred plagued with bad luck? Is someone, or something, trying to turn him back?

"Submarine Outlaw and its sequels have firmly established themselves as a riveting adventure series that has gathered a significant following who are anxiously awaiting this next installment. And they will not be disappointed! This personal quest and the internal struggles that it evokes for Alfred give this book a new dimension and allow his character to be more fully developed. . . . Roy continues to keep this series fresh and engaging. We will all join Alfred in anticipating his next voyage." - Atlantic Books Today

"The age-old quest for the father gives depth to this exciting adventure story. Readers who discover the Submarine Outlaw in this book will want to read his earlier adventures and will eagerly await the next one. Highly recommended." - CM Magazine

"Great books for reluctant readers. The language is clear and simple, the plot is full of exciting episodes-completely engaging." - Kim Aippersbach

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Contributor notes

Philip Francis Roy was born and raised in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He grew up beside the ocean, and it now features in many of the stories he writes. His university studies included music and history, but he also knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels. Travelling far and wide, Roy continues to weave tales of adventure, history, geography and cultural diversity. Commenting on his Submarine Outlaw series, Philip says, "These are the stories I wished I could have read when Iwas young. It is such a joy to write them now and share them with readers young and old." When not travelling, Philip divides his time between Nova Scotia and Ontario.

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