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The Wanderer: Introduction
The Wanderer: Plot Summary
The Wanderer: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Wanderer: Themes
The Wanderer: Quotes
The Wanderer: Characters
The Wanderer: Symbols
The Wanderer: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Sharon Creech
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- Full Title: The Wanderer
- When Published: 2000
- Literary Period: Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
- Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Adventure/Coming of Age Novel
- Setting: The crew of The Wanderer sets sail from Connecticut, makes stops at Block Island and Martha’s Vineyard, moves along the southeast coast of Canada (stopping at Grand Manan), and then crosses the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean to arrive at England.
- Climax: Sophie meets Bompie and learns the truth about her parents and her past.
- Antagonist: The wave, symbolizing the painful memory of her parents’ death that haunts and antagonizes Sophie’s mind
- Point of View: The novel is told from two first-person perspectives—Sophie and Cody—in the form of their individual diary entries.
Extra Credit for The Wanderer
Family influence. The first couple of stories which Sophie tells about Bompie were stories told by Sharon Creech’s father. Creech created the others.
Strange coincidences. Sharon Creech got the name “Bompie” from her sister-in-law, who called her grandfather by the same name. Interestingly, after her sister-in-law read the book, she told Creech that, like Bompie in The Wanderer, the name of her grandfather’s wife was Margaret, and that he also had a son named Mo. Creech claims to not have known this before writing the book.