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The Coral Island - Probably the most popular and thrilling story by R.M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island is a breathtaking account of narrow escapes, harrowing trials while stranded in the south Pacific, the very real need of the cannibalistic, pagan savages for the light of the Gospel, and the courage of three young adventurers.
Follow the journey of three boys — Ralph Rover, Jack Martin, and Peterkin Gay — as they survive on their own by the providence of God for months on end, from one exciting experience to another.
When their ship is wrecked, they find themselves marooned on a coral island in the Pacific, and must learn how to make the most of what they have. A mirage leads them to a hidden underwater cave in the water where they keep a supply of food and necessities in case of danger. They learn to make their own weapons, hunt wild pigs, drink coconut “lemonade,” and battle both cutthroat pirates and savage cannibals, braving all sorts of dangers in true manly fashion.
Through this classic adventure tale, both reliance on God and the life-changing power of the Gospel are demonstrated. ****
The Young Fur Traders - This is the story of the hard life of a trapper in Canada in the early 1800s. Charlie Kennedy lives in the Canadian arctic colony known as the Red River Settlement with Indians, Scotsmen, and French-Canadian settlers. His father, an old fur trader, hopes to convince his son to become a clerk by recounting the dangers of the trapper’s life, but the stories only inspire the boy more to explore the vast Canadian wilderness.
Through a variety of circumstances, Charlie finds himself trapping in the vast forests, on a journey with voyageurs down perilous rivers, and surviving all sorts of scrapes and adventures with a new acquaintance, Jacques Caradoc, and an Indian named “Red Feather.”
Many of Charlie’s exploits are taken from the real-life experiences of R.M. Ballantyne’s own time with the Hudson Bay Company in Canada. Just as Ballantyne had done, Charlie learns to shoot mercury from his rifle through a two inch board in 39 degree below zero temperatures! Discover the strenuous and vigorous life of a trapper through the eyes of Charlie and his intrepid friends.