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Ben, Penny and Nick are running away. Searching for them are Ben's uncle, the Coast Guard, everybody in Florida. Will they make good their escape? And will they find the Lion's Paw? Ben, Penny and Nick are running away. Searching for them are Ben's uncle, the Coast Guard, everybody in Florida. Will they make good their escape? And will they find the Lion's Paw?


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Ben, Penny and Nick are running away. Searching for them are Ben's uncle, the Coast Guard, everybody in Florida. Will they make good their escape? And will they find the Lion's Paw? Ben, Penny and Nick are running away. Searching for them are Ben's uncle, the Coast Guard, everybody in Florida. Will they make good their escape? And will they find the Lion's Paw?

30 review for The Lion's Paw

  1. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Garden

    September 2019: I just edited this review a little bit because in my twenties, when I wrote this, I felt invisible on the internet: by which I mean, I wrote this carelessly and goofily and with more cussing than feels apt to me today, in my forties. At the time, I worked at Strand in Manhattan, at the main-floor information desk (which no longer exists, as such), where the bulk of my job was researching the books the buyers brought in, many of them my own old memories, floating back and right in September 2019: I just edited this review a little bit because in my twenties, when I wrote this, I felt invisible on the internet: by which I mean, I wrote this carelessly and goofily and with more cussing than feels apt to me today, in my forties. At the time, I worked at Strand in Manhattan, at the main-floor information desk (which no longer exists, as such), where the bulk of my job was researching the books the buyers brought in, many of them my own old memories, floating back and right into my hands, dusty and creaking. October 2008: Oh my gosh. Miss Faircloth read this to us in 4th grade (my favorite grade) and I have essentially been looking for it ever since. So that's twenty years of looking. I could only find it as an expensive paperback or collectible hardcover edition, neither of which were within my price-range. Anyway: a couple days ago a guy came in selling books and THERE IT WAS in beautiful lookalike reprint form--the Best Book in My Nine-Year Old World. And I read it and OH MAN. SO SWEET.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    This book was written in 1946 and was a refreshingly wonderful adventure story that I know I would have loved as a child. Nobody has super powers, no body kills anyone, the story speaks to a child's world and their hopes and fears. It is a kind book, like many written around that time. It is not complex, violent or inappropriate. It isn't especially fast moving but is full of adventure, danger and courage. I would be interested to hear the reactions of today's kids who are used to Harry Potter a This book was written in 1946 and was a refreshingly wonderful adventure story that I know I would have loved as a child. Nobody has super powers, no body kills anyone, the story speaks to a child's world and their hopes and fears. It is a kind book, like many written around that time. It is not complex, violent or inappropriate. It isn't especially fast moving but is full of adventure, danger and courage. I would be interested to hear the reactions of today's kids who are used to Harry Potter and Hunger Games. I recommend it!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mindi

    I read this book several times as a child and I recently read it again. It is a GREAT book. It is now out of print, so each paperback sells for $50-$100, but I was fortunate enough to find one in a used book store on Cape Cod a couple of years ago for 50 cents. If you can get hold of a copy, it is definitely worth the read. ***UPDATE*** Because of the demand, Robb White's family that owns the copyright to this book has just re-printed this book again and I found a copy in our local Costco in Utah I read this book several times as a child and I recently read it again. It is a GREAT book. It is now out of print, so each paperback sells for $50-$100, but I was fortunate enough to find one in a used book store on Cape Cod a couple of years ago for 50 cents. If you can get hold of a copy, it is definitely worth the read. ***UPDATE*** Because of the demand, Robb White's family that owns the copyright to this book has just re-printed this book again and I found a copy in our local Costco in Utah. 3/24/09 On the cover it mentions his other works may also be reprinted soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Woodbury

    Even though written as a juvenile novel, this is among my two or three favorite books of all time. It's dated but timeless. It climbs from despair to joy. It snatches you into the action and doesn't let you go until the unforgettable ending. I've read it several times -- a day or two can cover it. Even though written as a juvenile novel, this is among my two or three favorite books of all time. It's dated but timeless. It climbs from despair to joy. It snatches you into the action and doesn't let you go until the unforgettable ending. I've read it several times -- a day or two can cover it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bill Galbreath

    I read this book back around 1960, got it in paperback through Scholastic Books. A great adventure story that seemed plausible at the time, maybe still is. It fit in with other books I read by Arthur Ramsome and Robert Lewis Taylor. Anyone who likes Clive Cussler's Fargo series or just great adventure stories, with some unintended dangers, should grab a copy. Read it for yourself and read it to your kids. I wish I still had my copy. I read this book back around 1960, got it in paperback through Scholastic Books. A great adventure story that seemed plausible at the time, maybe still is. It fit in with other books I read by Arthur Ramsome and Robert Lewis Taylor. Anyone who likes Clive Cussler's Fargo series or just great adventure stories, with some unintended dangers, should grab a copy. Read it for yourself and read it to your kids. I wish I still had my copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alissa

    I remember in the 6th grade being sick and having to miss about a week's worth of school. After sending a stack of homework for me to do, my teacher also recommended this book to me. He told me I would love it. I did. I decided to reread it to see if it held up to my memories of being a great book. I ended up reading it aloud to my 10-year-old and he loved it too! I believe this book was written in 1945. The author had survived serving in the war in the Navy and uses some of that life experience I remember in the 6th grade being sick and having to miss about a week's worth of school. After sending a stack of homework for me to do, my teacher also recommended this book to me. He told me I would love it. I did. I decided to reread it to see if it held up to my memories of being a great book. I ended up reading it aloud to my 10-year-old and he loved it too! I believe this book was written in 1945. The author had survived serving in the war in the Navy and uses some of that life experience in writing this story. The father in this book is reported as missing in the South Pacific and as the story starts up he has been gone so long he is presumed dead. There are some racial slurs as was common at the time. Also there are many references to boats and sailing, which was a little unfamiliar for me and my son. But there are some great adventures that the characters go through and survive, several of which had us on the edge of our seats. I'm glad I revisited this book. 2017 Reading Challenge #25: A book you loved as a child

  7. 4 out of 5

    Eric Cone

    There are books that stay with you all of your life; THE LION'S PAW by Robb White is one such book (for me). I read this when I was in the sixth grade, while attending Lake Butler Middle School. I found that a local publisher (in Utah) had re released it in 2008 and I immediately ordered a copy for my library. Originally published in 1946, THE LION'S PAW brings orphans Penny and Nick, together, with Ben, whose NAVY father is missing. Penny and Nick escape the orphanage and find themselves upon B There are books that stay with you all of your life; THE LION'S PAW by Robb White is one such book (for me). I read this when I was in the sixth grade, while attending Lake Butler Middle School. I found that a local publisher (in Utah) had re released it in 2008 and I immediately ordered a copy for my library. Originally published in 1946, THE LION'S PAW brings orphans Penny and Nick, together, with Ben, whose NAVY father is missing. Penny and Nick escape the orphanage and find themselves upon Ben's boat (which belongs to, and was built by his missing father), as he tries to escape from his uncle (who is planning to sell it). This is a coming-of-age story, which sets the three would-be runaways on an adventure that will change their lives forever. It's anchors-away, as they send the authorities on a wild ride through Florida's inland waterways and around the Gulf of Mexico, in search of a seashell called the The Lion's Paw; Ben believes if he finds this shell, his father will return. Penny and Nick are looking for love and acceptance, and they'll pay whatever the costs to find it. It's a classic story and it will touch your heart, and - tickle your funny bone, as you stow-away, too, for this exciting thrill ride.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ron Larson

    I read this as a child living on a sailboat in Florida in the 1970's. It helped that I understood all of the terms and experiences. Here it it, decades later. I'm in my 50's now and for some reason I was thinking about this book. I think it was inspired by watching the TV series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" about orphans. I couldn't remember the name. But I put the plot keywords into Google and wow! The book popped right up and then I recognized the title. I want to reread it as an adult. I wo I read this as a child living on a sailboat in Florida in the 1970's. It helped that I understood all of the terms and experiences. Here it it, decades later. I'm in my 50's now and for some reason I was thinking about this book. I think it was inspired by watching the TV series "A Series of Unfortunate Events" about orphans. I couldn't remember the name. But I put the plot keywords into Google and wow! The book popped right up and then I recognized the title. I want to reread it as an adult. I wonder if that will ruin my memory of it?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    This is a super fun adventure by one of my favorite authors of all time, Robb White! *fanfare* Robb White has departed from his usual fare of outstanding WWII fiction and given us a classic sailing adventure in the Deep South for children and young adults. Three orphans run away on a sailboat to escape the threat of an orphanage and a domineering uncle. Their adventures make some seriously great reading!! Hooray for Robb White! Expensive as his books may be, they are worth it!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Porch

    Ms. Dolan, my 4th grade teacher in 1960 read this book aloud to our class. After all these years, I found it again. It is back in print and a great children's book especially for 2nd - 4th graders. It is set in Florida and was a classic walk through memory lane of how Florida and youth used to be! Ms. Dolan, my 4th grade teacher in 1960 read this book aloud to our class. After all these years, I found it again. It is back in print and a great children's book especially for 2nd - 4th graders. It is set in Florida and was a classic walk through memory lane of how Florida and youth used to be!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This is a favorite from my childhood. Reading it aloud to my kids was magical.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna

    My mother-in-law read this aloud to me while I was on bed rest. They say babies in the womb can start to hear around 20 weeks, so we wanted to acclimate Holly to our voices and instill in her a love of reading. The Lion's Paw is an adventure story about two runaway orphans and a 15-year-old boy whose father is MIA from the navy and presumed dead. They sail through the lakes and rivers of Florida making their way to the Gulf in search of their freedom and a very special shell, a lion’s paw. I read My mother-in-law read this aloud to me while I was on bed rest. They say babies in the womb can start to hear around 20 weeks, so we wanted to acclimate Holly to our voices and instill in her a love of reading. The Lion's Paw is an adventure story about two runaway orphans and a 15-year-old boy whose father is MIA from the navy and presumed dead. They sail through the lakes and rivers of Florida making their way to the Gulf in search of their freedom and a very special shell, a lion’s paw. I read this right after reading Torre DeRoche’s Love with a Chance of Drowning, a memoir about a woman’s year-long sailing trip across the Pacific Ocean from California to Australia with her Argentinian boyfriend. This book sorely disappointed me, as I was looking for a fun, adventurous tale of life at sea; instead, the book read like one woman’s attempt to conquer her fears of the ocean and drowning, while never seeming to enjoy her time at sea—rather she viewed it as something to be endured. The Lion’s Paw succeeded where Love with a Chance of Drowning failed. The feeling of adventure and the pursuit of unknown is celebrated. The children look at their new surroundings with a sense of wonder, hope, and fear. Their willingness to continue their journey despite their hardships and setbacks is admirable. Of course, they are children and do make mistakes at times. Robb White writes these scenes with humor or graveness depending on the severity of the situation. I like that he doesn’t sugar-coat the story. He incorporates sailing terminology, as well as events from WWII in a surprisingly realistic way for a children’s novel. He describes a scene where two men were trapped on a sinking ship with no chance of rescue and imagines their final hours aboard the dark ship, water slowly filling the vessel inch by inch, and the terror they must have felt as they faced death. The book was written in 1946 and I don’t imagine this type of scene being in a children’s book today. We tend to want to protect children from the horrors of the world, preserving their childhood innocence. However, I think it’s important for literature to instill values and educate, as well as to entertain and cultivate the imagination. White subtlety shows the horrors and repercussions of war throughout the book (the scene described above is a two-page scene in a 200-page book), while keeping the main focus on the children’s sailing adventure. The book is set in Florida (my home state) and I enjoyed reading about the flora and fauna of the place—the Spanish moss, the alligators, the swamps. White definitely understands the motherly-protectiveness of alligators, which not many people know about, but I’ve personally witnessed in the everglades. The one time an alligator is sure to move, is when it’s guarding its babies. Overall, it’s a fun read and I recommend it for children and parents alike.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Calla

    Sailing Through Adventure Robb White created a story packed with adventure, suspense, sorrow, and determination called The Lion’s Paw. This story began at an orphanage in Florida and sailed through the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The reader becomes a part of the story and grows with the characters throughout the novel. The three main characters, Penny, Nick, and Ben, each have their own unique and interesting characteristics, but they also have flaws and sad backstories, which makes th Sailing Through Adventure Robb White created a story packed with adventure, suspense, sorrow, and determination called The Lion’s Paw. This story began at an orphanage in Florida and sailed through the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The reader becomes a part of the story and grows with the characters throughout the novel. The three main characters, Penny, Nick, and Ben, each have their own unique and interesting characteristics, but they also have flaws and sad backstories, which makes them more realistic. I have never read another story with characters such as these, creating the ability for readers to relate to them in new ways and creating authentic character development. The two orphan siblings, Nick and Penny, and one possible orphan, Ben, made quite an interesting, but loving family. After Nick and Penny ran away from the orphanage, they met Ben, whose father was missing in action and presumed dead. His belief that his father would stick to his word and return home showed Nick’s loyalty and optimistic personality. “Won’t Dad be surprised when he comes back, and we’ve got one?” (103) This quote shows Ben talking about finding the Lion’s Paw shell before his dad, who he believes is alive, comes home. Nick’s adventurous personality appeared to the reader through his energy and desire to become an amazing sailor. Penny had to mature early in order to care for her younger brother, but she was still adventurous and courageous. Penny and Nick had always been dependent on each other, since they had never had anyone else, but Ben became someone else they could depend on. Ben needed them just as much as they needed Ben. The Lion’s Paw is packed full of action and adventure. From hiding their identities to surviving dangerous thunderstorms at sea, these children conquer every obstacle by always working together. Through unexpected twists and turns Robb White constructed a captivating story that I could not put down. With the Coastguard, local fishermen and Ben’s uncle perusing them, will Ben, Penny and Nick successfully escape, find the beautiful Lion’s Paw shell, or maybe even locate Ben’s long-lost father? Find out by reading The Lion’s Paw. This novel is an entertaining and extremely enjoyable read for all ages. This timeless and amazing story should not only be recommended to young readers, but should be enjoyed by everyone who loves a captivating adventure.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rosie Gearhart

    I read this to my 12 year old. Exciting adventure, but I was disappointed at the amount of times the kids had to lie in order to not blow their cover as well as the lack of geographical info. I was expecting to learn a lot more geography. I can’t really call this a geography title, just a fun story. The lying did provide for good discussion, though! This book is good for a free read but probably not for curriculum.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Turner

    This was a sweet book. "The Lion's Paw" was published in 1946, and my sweet friend loaned it to me since she knows that I love Sanibel/Captiva. The plot follows two orphans and a loan teenager as they try to change their futures and make for Captiva Island in search of an elusive shell. I give this one 3 out of 5 seashells! 🐚🐚🐚 This was a sweet book. "The Lion's Paw" was published in 1946, and my sweet friend loaned it to me since she knows that I love Sanibel/Captiva. The plot follows two orphans and a loan teenager as they try to change their futures and make for Captiva Island in search of an elusive shell. I give this one 3 out of 5 seashells! 🐚🐚🐚

  16. 5 out of 5

    David

    This is a classic late 1940's children's adventure story that is set in post-WWII Florida. It perfectly captures the place and the time. The story is a good one, mostly takes place on a sailboat involving runaway orphans. This is a classic late 1940's children's adventure story that is set in post-WWII Florida. It perfectly captures the place and the time. The story is a good one, mostly takes place on a sailboat involving runaway orphans.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tamika Koehn

    My mom read and loved this book when she was young so I ordered one to read myself. Great book! Another one of those books that I would have loved as a kid and am glad to have on the bookshelf for my own kids.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    A fun adventure story that I enjoyed reading to my youngest. At first he didn’t think he’d be into it, but I connected the destination of Sanibel/Captiva with some family history and some seashells we have around the house and he found it much more interesting. In the end, he loved the story!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Reep

    This was on my list as I’m interested in Florida history. Obviously a children’s book, I found it delightfully simple and innocent. I can’t wait to recommend it to my ten year old granddaughter. I loved the sense of adventure portrayed in these kids!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cara Mcnulty

    Excellent old Florida classic from a time when kids had hours of time, unsupervised by adults, to have adventures. It's The African Queen set in Florida — for kids. Excellent old Florida classic from a time when kids had hours of time, unsupervised by adults, to have adventures. It's The African Queen set in Florida — for kids.

  21. 4 out of 5

    EnglishTeacherFL

    100% Old Florida Adventure

  22. 5 out of 5

    Francesca Williams

    My fifth grade teacher read this book aloud to our class. It was an exciting story. I would like to read it again.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Still one of my favorite childhood books.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tim O'Neill

    A young adult book that's a well written adventure story taking place in Florida. Worth the read. A young adult book that's a well written adventure story taking place in Florida. Worth the read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Amber Giganti

    We (my 8 and 6 year olds and I) loved this so very much! What a treasure! My children requested we read more by Robb White as soon as we finished it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shay Maris

    Loved it

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    A book from my childhood that is just as delightful and lovely as an adult.

  28. 5 out of 5

    epg

    An adventure where three young protagonists (9-15 yr olds) face real challenges without any help from adults. Published in 1946, the story is set in a more rudimentary and less predictable “Old Florida” than what we know today – a setting in which their challenges and some of the more caricatured characters are quite believable. The story takes us on a sailboat from the Atlantic Coast, across tropical Florida, by way of rivers, canals and Lake Okeechobee, and out to the shell strewn Sanibel and An adventure where three young protagonists (9-15 yr olds) face real challenges without any help from adults. Published in 1946, the story is set in a more rudimentary and less predictable “Old Florida” than what we know today – a setting in which their challenges and some of the more caricatured characters are quite believable. The story takes us on a sailboat from the Atlantic Coast, across tropical Florida, by way of rivers, canals and Lake Okeechobee, and out to the shell strewn Sanibel and Captiva Islands on the Gulf. The boating theme is prominent right from the 2nd chapter. Some nautical terms left me in the dark, but I suppose that put me in a similar situation as the two younger characters who also find themselves suddenly thrown into this new nautical world. The story is told exclusively from the children's points of view, never through the eyes of an adult, which I think effectively pulls the reader into their adventure. I also felt the straight forward narrative reflected a child's refreshingly uncomplicated mindset. Like in a legend or fairytale, I liked the way the children had to earn a better life than the one from which they were running away, by facing each new challenge however hard or even painful. Early on, one of the children is said to feel "a little afraid, a little as though everything they were doing was too big for them to do and they would have to stop." Who hasn't felt that way at some point! But they don't give up. They remain determined and courageous throughout. The quick succession of events and exploration of a past, more natural Florida kept me turning pages. I particularly enjoyed how both the story and the artwork focused on Florida's wild face - its landscapes, creatures and close relationship with the natural elements. I found Ralph Ray’s superb cover illustration most accurately captured the feel of the story and also welcomed his atmospheric drawings within (though a few deviated from the text, the sentiment still felt right). A great book for middle grade readers (girls and boys alike), an animated read-aloud for slightly younger listeners and an enjoyable moment for anyone with a love for Florida or boating.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Bushman

    The beginning was a bit slow. My class really got into it towards the end.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    The Goodreads reviews of this book are a microcosm of the power of books! Most of the reviewers echo the friend who recommended this book when he learned that I read aloud to my children every day and that I call Florida home. His face lit up as he recalled his third-grade teacher reading Lion's Paw aloud to the class every day at his elementary school in West Palm Beach, Florida. He spent years looking for it and when he loaned it to me it was with strict instructions to take good care of it. It The Goodreads reviews of this book are a microcosm of the power of books! Most of the reviewers echo the friend who recommended this book when he learned that I read aloud to my children every day and that I call Florida home. His face lit up as he recalled his third-grade teacher reading Lion's Paw aloud to the class every day at his elementary school in West Palm Beach, Florida. He spent years looking for it and when he loaned it to me it was with strict instructions to take good care of it. It is a classic journey story of three orphans searching for hope and home. Set during the last days of WWII, Penny and her brother, Nick, break out of the orphanage when they realize that they are too old to be adopted by a loving family and face adoption to serve as child labor only. The ocean, just visible from the institution's windows, beckons as a symbol of freedom. Once the siblings reach the docks, they are drawn to the only sailboat, a beautiful sloop named "Hard A Lee". They are discovered by Ben, the owner's son, who is fighting his own inner battles because he refuses to accept the news that his father died serving in the U.S. Navy. When his uncle threatens to sell the boat that Ben sees as the only link to his father, Ben sets sail for freedom with Penny and Nick aboard, determined to find an elusive Lion's Paw shell which he believes will return his father to him. The children were captivated by how the orphans (their ages) took off by themselves and overcame all adversity to pursue their goal. They saw the ending coming a mile away but that did not dim the excitement and satisfaction of the story. For mom and dad, the setting of 1940's Florida made us nostalgic for our growing-up years there on sailboats and along the Intra-Coastal Waterway.

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