The Amazing Adventures of Bob Bartlett
by Susan Chalker Browne
Illustrator Mel D'Souza
38 pages, 6" x 9"
ages 9 to 11
20 colour illustrations
The oldest of eleven children, Bob Bartlett was born into a family of skilled fishing and sealing captains. Bob first tasted the thrill of Arctic adventure when he joined the Peary expedition in 1898 as first mate. Captain Bob commanded more than twenty expeditions to the Arctic. Many of these voyages were devoted to advancing scientific knowledge of the North. During the First World War, he worked for the U.S. Army Transport Command in North America. During the Second World War, he and his famous schooner, Effie M. Morrissey, were commandeered by the U.S. Navy for hydrographic and supply work in Frobisher Bay and Greenland. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, many young American boys enjoyed the thrill of sailing north with Captain Bartlett on the Effie M. Morrissey. No matter how far north he sailed, Captain Bob seldom returned to his home in New York City without docking in Brigus for a few days. Here he enjoyed time with friends and family at Hawthorne Cottage.
About the Author
The Amazing Adventures of Captain Bob Bartlett is Susan Chalker Browne's second children's book.
Her first book, Marconi's Secret, was published in July 2001. Both are part of a series that uses Newfoundland and Labrador's National Historic Sites as settings.
Susan has earned writing awards from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Competition, the Nova Scotia Writers' Federation, and CBC Radio.
She lives in St. John's, Newfoundland, with her husband Dennis and their four children.
About the Ilustrator
Illustrator Mel D'Souza is a writer/cartoonist for Downhomer Magazine and has illustrated several children's books.
Born in East Africa, he immigrated to Canada in 1971 and made his first trip to Newfoundland in 1989. He fell in love with the province and later bought a summer home in Francois on the southwest coast of the island.
Mel lives in Brampton, Ontario with his wife Lineth. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.
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