“Muck and Perspiration” by Samuel Luk, age 12

against all odds

Sometimes the most terrifying and dangerous things in the world are natural events. Here, Samuel Luk describes a shipwreck in action, using metaphors to great effect. This excerpt is from our 2012 book “Against All Odds.”

The huge cyclone hit the ship like a jackhammer. If it wasn’t for the cargo, the ship would have been lifted into the air. Huge waves threatened the crew. The ends of the waves were like claws, ready to strike. Then, a huge wave rose from the depths of the sea like a monster, washing water onto the deck. Will was now clinging onto one side of the ship, the huge waves just a few centimetres under his feet. He cried out, “Help!”

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