Random House, Inc. "Steer clear of that ship," warns the mysterious gentleman who shares a coach with John and his father. "Death she'll bring you," says the man. "It's the way of a ship that was christened with blood."
This is an ominous introduction to the schooner John is about to be entrusted with for a voyage to London. But he's too charmed by the pretty Dragon to heed the advice. The ship looks clever and quick, and John can hardly wait to sail her. She was a smugglers' vessel once, but now she's his Dragon, and she'll proudly carry wool for honest trade.
But soon John will be forced to consider the gentleman's warning. And to wonder what he really knows about his bonny crew.
Baker & Taylor In eighteenth-century England, after his father buys a schooner called the Dragon, sixteen-year-old John sets out to sail it from Kent to London and becomes involved in a dangerous smuggling scheme.
Baker & Taylor Eager to set sail aboard the ship named the "Dragon", John ignores the warnings of an old man, yet he soon comes to regret it as a grand adventure turns into a mission of survival. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults. Reprint.