Sharon Creech loves to try different formats in her books, and this is no exception. Each chapter is either a fictional diary entry by Sophie (the girl) or her cousin Cody. This style helps us to get a better sense for what the characters are really like, not just from their own point of view. This story is more about self-discovery and understanding other people than it is about sailing, though it will interest people who like both topics. It really is a well-written, captivating story, hard to put down, and easy to recommend. This tale will appeal to readers who like to think a little as they read, and not just go along for the adventure, and will interest both boys and girls.