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The Salt-Stained Book

1st of the Strong Winds series

 

Thursday
Jun292017

Watercraft - Jan Needle

"Quite simply, it's brilliant"

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Thursday
Jun292017

Indie E-book Review - Cally Phillips

"What I (re)discovered in reading The Salt Stained Book was the absolute joy of literally losing oneself in a good story. As a child I suspect our identities, prejudices and class consciousness are less developed or at least less rigid and we are more open to simply ‘enjoy’ a book without bringing these things to it and with SSB I experienced that feeling for the first time in a long time. I completely lost myself in the story. Time passed without me noticing and I did not exist. Only the world of the story existed. The world, and I, stood outside of time for quite some hours. I believe that this is the best that reading a book can give a person."

"Both shocking and funny, the book is a triumph; allowing a child to engage with a confusing world and feel they are not alone, and an adult to reflect upon the world we foist on children. And the master stroke is that this duality is central to the very narrative world of the story."

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Thursday
Jun292017

The Bookbag - Sue Magee

"I'm many times the target age, but it fulfils the test of a good book: whatever age you are it's still a good book. I was hooked before I was more than a few pages in."

"You'll walk it, you'll sail it, you'll know it."

"carefully crafted and written with style"

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Thursday
Jun292017

Otago Daily Times - Peter Dowden

"this is a very special book indeed, for The Salt-Stained Book is a homage to Arthur Ransome's beloved Swallows and Amazons series."

"somehow she has pulled it off. Her book does not seem derivative; it rather sparkles compared with Ransome's stodgy prose."

"pure yachtie goodness"

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Thursday
Jun292017

The Lady - Reggie Nadelson

"It is, in short, terrific; wonderfully written, it is both tough and charming, a rare combination. With the characters, especially Donny, the hero, you really feel that Jones gets children. She also has a take-no-prisoners view of the more crackpot version of the politically correct"

"Julia Jones, who has also written the definitive biography of mystery writer Margery Allingham, really knows her way around a suspenseful narrative and secret history. People ask if The Salt-Stained Book is for children or grown-ups. In a sense it is both. It is one of those singularly English novels that anyone from the age of around 10 to 100 can happily read, even anticipating the next in the series."

Thursday
Jun292017

IBBY - Bridget Carrington

"Jones writes with skill, foregrounding the sea, boats, and the magic of sailing, but always showing insight into the mind of this unhappy boy who finds escape from his distress in sailing. She also manages to produce a fast-paced thriller peppered with unpleasant adults, particularly officious social workers and suspicious policemen. As a result, The Salt-Stained Book is a multi-layered novel that sweeps readers along in an exciting adventure, but which addresses many far deeper issues."

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Thursday
Jun292017

Waterstone's Bookseller - Janine Johnston

"The Salt Stained Book could all too easily just blend in to the mass of children’s books on the shelves today, but I’d urge people to at least look twice, as whoever picks it up will discover their very own buried treasure."

"a fantastically absorbing read"

"The ending, which I won’t give away, is such a marvellous ‘edge of the seat’ piece of writing."

"The Salt Stained Book is the first in a series [...], and I for one am hooked already"

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Thursday
Jun292017

Observer - Gemma Kappala-Ramsey

"For those who love boats and sea breezes, The Salt-Stained Book by Julia Jones – owner of Arthur Ransome's boat, Peter Duck – should be a first port of call."

"beautiful descriptions of the Suffolk coast"

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Thursday
Jun292017

Lovereading4Kids

"It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family"

"a terrific page-turning plot and a group of kids you'll really admire and warm to"

"you'll be hooked"

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Thursday
Jun292017

The Outlaw - Jack Parker

"This adventure story is a gripping read where you really care about what happens to the hero."

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Thursday
Jun292017

Sailing Today - Sam Jefferson

"although it is clearly aimed at a younger reader, there was plenty in the book that appealed to the older reader too"

"A pleasant and entertaining adventure"

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