Song for the Navigator


Michael Cowell

Published by Dramatic Publishing

5 Male 2 Female

There are problems at home and Gabby is sent to his grandfather on a tiny South Pacific island for the summer

On Satawal, Gabby's blind grandfather, Samal, is "the navigator"

He "feels" the waves with his body, he "sees" the sky, and he predicts the weather two weeks away

He knows all the old magic and wants Gabby to learn the traditional ways of navigation

Reluctantly, Gabby agrees

When Gabby and his cousin, Tilifag, set sail for an outer island by themselves, an unexpected storm swamps their canoe

They lose their charts, compass and walkie-talkie

Only by remembering Samal's ancient chant is Gabby able to guide them to safety

When the summer ends, Gabby leaves Satawal with a new understanding of himself and the meaning of friendship, and with a profound love for his grandfather

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