These types of coming-of-age tales are especially poignant for young adults. In this novel, teenager Miles O'Malley experiences the trials of growing up in Puget Sound, Wash., his love of the sea, the girl-next-door and imperfect parents.
"Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber" by Louis A. Meyer: In this sequel to the exciting "Curse of the Blue Tattoo," 15-year-old female "midshipman"
Jacky is once again back at sea, this time wresting control of a British warship. Expect plenty of seafaring action featuring pirates and treasure in swashbuckling 19th-century style.