The Great Wide Sea by M.H. Herlong
A 2011 Rebecca Caudill book
I really liked this book for young readers. I find myself thinking about it several days after I finished it, even as I read another book. It follows a family as they sail the Bahamas after the tragic death of their mother. The author only gives you just enough information and leaves you to think/wonder about the rest. The sailing and island tropics descriptions make this a great summer read. Take it along on vacation. I thought the stranded on the island part was a bit common, but the rest of the book was wonderful. I definitely recommend it. This is also a book boys might like.