Newbery Review: 1924

A review of the Newbery award winning book from 1924. | A book review from Newbery and Beyond

Like 1923, the Newbery award was only given to one book in 1924.  Here is the medal winner for that year.

Medal Winner: The Dark Frigate; Charles Boardman Hawes

In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the “Rose of Devon,” a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland. Philip’s bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain’s regard. But when the “Rose of Devon” is seized in mid-ocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these “gentlemen of fortune” on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate–with only the hangman awaiting his return to England. (Summary via

I remember being surprised at how much I liked this one. I’m normally not interested in pirates or expeditions, but amazingly, I enjoyed this. Unfortunately, like many of the other Newbery books at the time, this one is pretty forgettable. I read it a few years ago, and I have no memory whatsoever of the plot, the characters, or the writing style. Reading the summary reminds me of this book, though… If you’re going to choose between The Great Quest and The Dark Frigate, I would definitely choose this one.

Rating: Good but Forgettable

P.S. Okay, I only just now noticed that Charles Boardman Hawes did, in fact, write both The Dark Frigate and The Great Quest. That explains the similarities…

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