The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat (1969)


After years and years of talking about sailing, reading about sailing, dreaming about sailing, Farley Mowat finally buys himself a boat.  He has plans of adventures on the sea and peaceful sailing with family and friends.

But what happens when you end up with a boat that leaks, sinks occasionally and only motors in reverse?  Well, you’re about to find out!

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t resist an adventure book by Farley Mowat!  His descriptions in The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float are genius!  Be aware there is some swearing.  As a mom, I always skipped or replaced those words when reading aloud — my oldest daughter later told me she could always tell.  And here I thought I was so smooth!

I’m confident the “Who” instead of “That” in the title was chosen completely on purpose!

High School Reading Level, 256 pages, Published in 1969.

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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3 Responses to The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat (1969)

  1. He also wrote Owls in the Family correct? Something like that…his name sounds SO familiar.


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