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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; First Edition edition (17 Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439978386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439978385
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,198,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On the day I was born - in Oldbury, in Britain's Midlands - my father was given a cast-iron typewriter, as payment in kind for a job he'd done.
It was, he insisted, an omen.
At the age of four I announced to my aunt and grandmother, "I'm going to be a writer when I grow up!"
I kept my word. I've published over 60 books, and am now a 'hybrid' writer, publishing both independently and conventionally.
My book, 'The Ghost Drum' won the prestigious Carnegie Medal.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ms. S. M. Richards on 23 Oct. 2003
Format: Hardcover
I wondered how Susan Price would manage to come up with a sequel to The Sterkham Handshake. The ending had seemed pretty final. But she has done it with an idea which once again is original and grips the imagination from the outset.
Andrea is again in Sterkharm country but this time at a slightly different time. The Sterkhams are all there but a bit diffferent, they don't know her and she has to rebuild her relationships all over again. Hard work when the shorthand you thought you had with people is not there. Add that to their innate suspicion of "other" and you know the story is going to be as unpredictable as the Sterkharms.
The new book is definitely on a par with the first one, some of the twists and turns of the plot are breathtaking. The world that has been imagined here is a very real one where people are very human, I sat there willing Andrea on, while knowing that good doesn't necessarily win in the world of the reivers...
My only complaint is that we will now have to wait a while for a third volume. There will be one won't there ??
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent sequel to A Sterkarm Handshake. I didn't realize that Sterkarm Handshake might have a sequel--I had imagined Andrea and Per pining away, apart forever. But then I checked Amazon.co.uk for Susan Price books and was very pleased to see that a second book was available.
A Sterkarm Kiss does not disappoint. Andrea faces even greater challenges than she did in the first book, including her affection for the very different Per. The secondary characters are well developed too, and the Joan Grannam subplot was quite surprising. I am a young adult librarian, and I wish more Susan Price books would be released in the U.S so that I could add them to our collection.
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The second in the series by children's author Susan Price, concerning a Time Tube that leads to the wilderness of Northumbria back in the 16th Century, A Sterkarm Kiss barely differentiates itself from the first novel The Sterkarm Handshake. Still, why change a good plot? Well, just because this is ostensibly for `children' (though I am far too old to qualify), I like to think I can remember what it's like to read a book like this with an adventurous plot and a teenage sensibility. Yes, you want the reassurance of something familiar, but you also want to move things on a bit. This time FUP has come up with the idea that they will fund a big wedding between Per and a Grannam girl and thereby sow the seeds of a truce between the Reivers. Only this is a different Per as FUP have gone in slightly ahead of the time when they went in before, thus changing the parallel world. But only minimally. This time Per takes a dislike to Andrea, but he doesn't like his wifeling, either, as he ends up demonstrating in a distinctly 16th century manner.

The thing that really bugs me about this is that the 21st century contingent are all really stupid. Windsor is in charge again and he has a bunch of security guards that might have trouble getting a job stacking shelves at Tescos. One of them shoots Torkild Sterkarm, thus putting an early end to the truce. Then they decide their only recourse is to cause even further mayhem. Andrea is ignored when she tries to tell the Sterkarms what's going on. Then it appears that there might be a way to go back to Sterkarm country type A, where Per is in love with her.

The second book ends here - with a suggestion that the loathsome Windsor has had the idea to pit Sterkarm type A against Sterkarm type B. The mind boggles. Can't wait to see what happens.
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By Lizzy D on 4 May 2012
Format: Hardcover
Having quite enjoyed 'The Sterkarm Handshake' I looked forward to the sequel, but was very disappointed. It was not a true continuation of the characters, historic authenticity, or suitability for the same age range, which was the most surprising aspect, seeing as it is technically written for children. It seemed a rather rushed rehash of ideas from the first book that were not carried out very well; the story consisted of very few events that were rather drawn out, and perhaps used the very graphic violence and sex scenes to make up for this, (and Ms Price looks so nice and sweet in her photo!) cheapening the story, and was most unexpected in a children's book. The use of time travel altered to suddenly include the idea of other dimensions, not previously mentioned in 'The Sterkarm Handshake', and I doubt it contained even half the wordcount of the first book. The behaviour of the main character Andrea was very different and disappointing, sleeping with the alternate Per - on his wedding night?! The level of violence was shocking, and after the build up to a confrontation at the end, the book finishes, leaving the reader to wonder what happens to the original characters when seemingly outnumbered by the FUP - I would have liked the natural conclusion of this story to have been written. I felt very shortchanged and disappointed.

If these stories had been films, I would give The Sterkarm Handshake a 12 rating, and The Sterkarm Handshake at least 15, possibly 18. The original seemed an interesting story of time-travel culture clash, but the second was a poor combination of Mills & Boon and 'straight to video' blood and guts slasher movie.
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