The Wanderer (Creech novel)

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The Wanderer
Cover art for 2002 HarperTrophy edition of The Wanderer by Sharon Creech
2002 HarperTrophy edition
AuthorSharon Creech
IllustratorDavid Diaz
CountryUnited States
GenreChildren novel
PublisherJoanna Cotler
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardback & Paperback)
ISBN9780439316293 [1]

The Wanderer is a children's novel by Sharon Creech, published in 2000. It was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and named a Newbery Honor book.[2]

Plot Overview[edit]

Sophie, a 13-year-old girl with two non-biological parents, is the only girl amongst a crew of her three uncles (Dock, Mo, & Stew) and her two cousins (Brian & Cody) on the way to visit her grandpa, Bompie, who lives in England.[3][4] The story is told from her point-of-view and also from Cody's. Through the journey, Sophie learns to accept who she is and gets to knows a lot about her relatives, which creates bonds among them all, especially Cody and Uncle Dock. She discovered how her parents died, and also comes to understand that she is allowed to express her feelings and allow her sad memories to go. Sophie realizes that this voyage helped her find the truth about her parents, her history, and the privilege to go out on the sea.


  1. ^ "The Wanderer". OCLC Worldcat. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  2. ^ "2001 Newbery Medal and Honor Books". Association for Library Service to Children. American Library Association. Retrieved 21 July 2014.
  3. ^ The CILIP Carnegie Medal & Kate Greenaway Children's Book Awards
  4. ^ Newbery Medal