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Seven Voyages

Seven Voyages

How China's Treasure Fleet Conquered the Sea

Laurence Bergreen and Sara Fray

Roaring Brook Press


From New York Times bestselling author Laurence Bergreen and author Sara Fray comes this immaculately researched history for young readers detailing the life of Zheng He, his complex and enduring friendship with his emperor, and the epic Seven Voyages he led that would establish China as a global power.

1405. The central coast of China.

At nearly seven feet tall, Admiral Zheng He looked out at the sea before him.

For the next three decades, the oceans would be his home, as he would command over 1,500 ships and thousands of sailors in seven journeys that would predate the heart of the European Age of Exploration. Over his seven epic journeys, Zheng He explored the Northern Pacific and Indian Oceans, traveling as far as the east coast of Africa, expanding Chinese power globally, warring with pirates, and capturing enemies along the way in the name of his emperor, Zhu Di. But this giant figure was not always at the helm of a ship.


The Strait of Malacca was one of the most vital and hazardous shipping channels in the world. To the west lay the Indian Ocean, to the east, the Pacific, and between them were five hundred miles of dangerous...

Praise for Seven Voyages

* "The research for this book must have been as formidable as the voyages, with the authors covering everything from Chinese daily life in the 1400s to shipbuilding and regional politics. It’s never overwhelming, though, since as well as being fascinating on their own, these facts contextualize the swashbuckling drama."—Booklist, starred review -

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Laurence Bergreen and Sara Fray

Laurence Bergreen is an award-winning author of Voyage to Mars: NASA's Search for Life Beyond Earth, Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life, and James Agee: A Life, each considered the definitive work on its subject. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. A graduate of Harvard University, he lives in New York City.

Sara Fray was born and raised in New York City and attended Columbia University, where she studied East Asian Civilization and American History. Her young adult adaptation of Laurence Bergreen’s Magellan: Over The Edge Of The World was a selection of the Junior Library Guild in fall of 2017. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their daughter.

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