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A binnacle is the housing for the compass of a ship. The Binnacle Boy is a "character" from the story, "The Binnacle Boy," by Paul Fleischmen. The housing for the compass was a held by a wooden figure of a boy thus was called the binnacle boy. It was a great short story and I think would be classified as a psychological thriller.

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A binnacle boy was a young sailor who was responsible for polishing the brasswork on the binnacle, a stand on the deck of a ship that houses the compass. This term is not commonly used today as modern ships use electronic navigation systems.

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Is the Binnacle Boy by Paul Fleischman part of another book is it fiction or nonfiction?

The Binnacle Boy by Paul Fleischman is one of three stories in his book Graven Images, a work on children's fiction. ~ Jason

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