Abby: Lost at Sea by Pamela Walls (Published by Tyndale Kids, October 1, 2000)
This is the first book in the South Seas Adventures series. This series is about the adventures of Abby Kendall, a young teenage girl, and her family and friends as they travel the South Seas in the late 1840s.
It's 1847, and when her parents announce that the family will be moving to Hawaii to help her sick uncle on his ranch, thirteen-year-old Abby Kendall is devastated. She doesn't want to leave her home, or her friends, particularly her best friend, Luke. An orphan who lives with his cruel aunt, Luke is like one of the family, but his aunt refuses to let him move to Hawaii with the Kendalls. Abby boards a ship for the sea voyage to Hawaii with her family, not knowing that Luke has run away from his aunt and stowed away on board. Abby is determined to keep him hidden until it's too late to turn back. But she doesn't expect that she and Luke will be swept overboard in a terrible storm, and left lost at sea in a tiny boat. It will take all of their courage and determination to find their way back to Abby's family, as they face many dangers along the way.
I loved this first book in the South Seas Adventures series. I really enjoyed the unique historical setting, and Abby was a great character. The book was well-written and exciting, and after reading I couldn't wait to read the rest of the books in the series to find out what adventures were in store for Abby and Luke next.