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Submarine Outlaw

by Philip Roy

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list price: $11.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: 2008
ISBN:9781553800583
publisher: Ronsdale Press
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A Wonderful Adventure Series!

This is an incredible adventure series. My children love Roy's novels, and they're always waiting for the next installment. And then it's a real plus that the main character is so admirable, too. You can't get much better than a story with a boy (Alfred) who travels all around the world in his own homemade submarine--with two fabulous sidekicks for crew members: a dog and a seagull! Alfred is just a great role model for children and teens. Submarine Outlaw was nominated for a Red Maple Award. It also won first prize in the Atlantic Writer's Competition. If you ask me, Roy should be winning the Forest of Reading awards every year that he comes out with a new book. We never get tired of reading about Alfred's journeys! The series is a hit with my kids, that's for sure!

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“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

“A truly riveting adventure story, Submarine Outlaw will likely capture the heart and minds of all who have longed to escape the confines of their everyday world and try something exciting and even dangerous.” –janeonbooks.edublogs.org

“A refreshing Canadian novel about following a dream.”— Resource Links

“A terrific and uniquely imaginative premise for an Atlantic Canada novel for kids.”— The Chronicle Herald

“Submarine Outlaw is so well written it is totally believable. Dramatic and touching. Highly recommended!” — Hi-Rise Newspaper

Submarine Outlaw Review

This is just a great series for kids, and even adults. Ziegfried and Sheba, not to mention Hollie and Seaweed, are great characters, through and through. And then you can't forget Alfred--the hero of the story!

Association of Book Publishers of BC
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Submarine Outlaw

In this novel, Alfred, who has grown up in a small Newfoundland fishing village, wants to be an ocean explorer, not the fisherman he is expected to be. Wandering through the local junkyard he spots what he thinks is an old submarine. He seeks out Ziegfried, the owner of the junkyard, and learns that it was just an old oil tank. His disappointment inspires eccentric Ziegfried to make the tank into a submarine. Alfred begins his journey exploring the waters along Newfoundland’s and Nova Scotia’s coastline. However, his unregistered sub is soon detected by the coastguard and knowing he will have to surrender it and his dreams if they catch him, Alfred becomes an outlaw. After three adventure-filled months at sea, Alfred sneaks back to his village, having successfully evaded his pursuers.

This is Roy’s first published novel. It received first prize in the Atlantic Writers Competition.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2008-2009.

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Submarine Outlaw takes young adult readers on a unique journey when Alfred, a young boy who wants to be an explorer - not a fisherman, as his family demands - teams up with a junkyard genius to build a submarine that he sails around the Maritimes. The book takes the reader through the hands-on process of submarine construction into the world of real ocean navigation, replete with a high-seas chase, daring rescue and treasure hunting. Children will identify with Alfred's desire for an adventurous life and the sense of empowerment that comes with building his own submarine and operating it independently. They will also love the unusual crew - a rescued dog and a quirky seagull. The First Prize Winner of the Atlantic Writers Competition, Submarine Outlaw shows how any great goal in life takes a good deal of patience, determination and hard work. But also how hard work on one's dream becomes an act of joy.

"Philip Roy's Submarine Outlaw is a wildly imaginative story of adventure full of surprises and fast paced, yet there is also wisdom and insight to be found here." - Lesley Choyce

"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

"A truly riveting adventure story, Submarine Outlaw will likely capture the heart and minds of all who have longed to escape the confines of their everyday world and try something exciting and even dangerous." - janeonbooks.edublogs.org

"A refreshing Canadian novel about following a dream." - Resource Links

"A terrific and uniquely imaginative premise for an Atlantic Canada novel for kids." - The Chronicle Herald

"Submarine Outlaw is so well written it is totally believable. Dramatic and touching. Highly recommended!" - Hi-Rise Newspaper

"Submarine Outlaw is a fast-paced, adventure novel that leaves you wanting more. . . . I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a great read." - What If? Magazine

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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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