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The Boat Club

Oliver Optic

Book Overview: 

The Bunkers are a group of rebellious boys who make life miserable for many on the shores of an upstate New York Lake. Captain Sedley's son, Frank, has a run in with the boys and decides to start a boat club for his son and his friends.They learn the operation of the boat, cooperation and discipline. In the course of the story, they also show up the Bunkers.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Captain Sedley, even in a humble capacity.

Frank was an especial favorite of Uncle Ben; and as the old sailor's habits were good, and as his ideas of morality and religion rendered him a safe companion for his son, Captain Sedley permitted and encouraged their intimacy. During the long winter evenings, he listened with the most intense interest and delight to Uncle Ben's descriptions of sea life and of the various countries he had visited.

With the neighbors, and especially the boys in the vicinity, the old sailor was respected, and treated with a great deal of consideration. He was an old man, but he had always maintained an unblemished character. He was full of kindness and sympathy, always manifesting the liveliest regard for the welfare of his friends; and on this account people had got into the way of calling him by the familiar sobriquet of Uncle Ben. It is true he was sometimes rude and rough, but his kind heart atoned for the blemishes in his depor. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The kind of boy's novel where using slang and disobeying your parents is deemed just as morally corrupt as a case of assault with intent to maim. Fortunately there are boats involved to teach the boys the difference between right and wrong.