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ISBN: 9781899262045 (paperback) 9781899262083 MOBI (Kindle) 9781899262090 ePUB

In January 2013 the SSB was entered in the monthly book awards run by Acclaimed Books of Cornwall. More that 1200 votes were cast from 52 countries across 64 titles. The SSB was the overall winner as well as winner ofthe printed book section. It recieved 301 votes and glowing comments from readers.

In 1945, two brothers die in the icy Barents Sea and a book is all that survives of them. More than sixty years later Donny and his mother set out for Suffolk to meet his mysterious great aunt. There is an accident and Donny is taken into care. But are the Officials all that they seem and why won’t they believe Donny’s story? Soon he discovers that his life has been built on a lie. Only the new friendships he makes and an unsuspected talent for sailing help him steer his way through dangers that he cannot understand towards a knowledge of his own identity – and the secrets of a salt-stained book.

When Julia Jones was three her parents bought Arthur Ransome’s yacht Peter Duck. Julia was given the quarter berth where Ransome had stored his typewriter.  Books and boats have been part of her life ever since. This is her first novel.

LoveReading4Kids says: 

In a nutshell this is Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist.  It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family particularly all those who have any experience of sailing or who love adventure and mystery. With a terrific page-turning plot and a group of kids you'll really admire and warm to we believe you'll be hooked to this trilogy from the beginning. And, as Griff Rhys Jones said when he got his paws on a copy, 'I loved it'.

"the boysen-berry stained book" Maddi (10) on holiday in New Zealand

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Claudia Myatt is the author and illustrator of the RYA Go Sailing! series and the Illustrated Log Book for Children. She makes jewellery, paints watercolours and provides regular cartoons for Practical Boat Owner. She is as happy to paddle a coracle as sail a gaffer.

16th June 2011, 272 pages  b&w line illustrations

pb. £7.99, e-editions £4.99

The Salt-Stained Book is represented by Signature Books and is distributed via Bertams and Gardners

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