The True Adventures of Charley Darwin

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The True Adventures of Charley Darwin
Author: Meyer, Carolyn
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Time Period: Age of Revolutions
Time Frame: 1809-1882
Geographic Area: Europe
Country: Great Britain
Topics: Evolution, Charles Darwin
Genre: Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Upper Middle Grade, Young Adult
Format: Novel
Published: 2011

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Young Charley Darwin hated school—he much preferred to be outside studying birds’ eggs, feathers, and insects. And so, at the age of twenty-one, he boarded a ship called HMS Beagle and spent five thrilling but dangerous years sailing around the world, studying plant and animal life that was beyond anything he could have imagined.

Historical novelist Carolyn Meyer tells the story of his unconventional adventures of the author of the legendary book The Origin of Species. It’s the story of a restless childhood, unrequited teenage love, and a passion for studying nature that was so great, Darwin would sacrifice everything to pursue it.

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