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A Sterkarm Kiss [Paperback]

Susan Price
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15 Oct 2004
The sequel to Susan Price's imaginative tour de force, The Sterkarm Handshake. The Time Tube is up and running again and this time FUP have a new plan - the Sterkarms who destroyed all their plans and invaded the twenty-first century last time will not get the better of them. This time they are the peacemakers with the ultimate weapon: love. But just how much faith can you put in a Sterkarm kiss? "This is a brilliantly imagined novel that has everything: adventure, treachery, violence, intrigue and love." The Bookseller


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Point; New edition edition (15 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439978424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439978422
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,310 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sterkharms Ride Again... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Sterkarm book 3! 4 May 2004
By A Customer
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Long Awaited Sequel 4 Nov 2003
Format:Hardcover
Much welcomed, the long awaited sequel to The Sterkarm Handshake. The atmosphere, tensions and vivd descriptions are just as compelling as the first novel. However, be aware that if you bought the first book for an able but younger child to read (11 - 14 years), the sequel has far more adult content. I personally would not reccommend it for anyone under 15. I fell that it is a shame that Susan Price has written a sequel that belongs in the adult section. As an adult, though, it is certainly a cracking read!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant 15 Dec 2003
Format:Hardcover
Susan Price has written a beautiful follow up to The Sterkarm Handshake. Marvellous, heart stopping, breathtaking, totally absorbing. One of the greats should be up there with Pullman. Thank you for such a brilliant story
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4.0 out of 5 stars A decent story - if an odd, unfinished ending 24 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Definitely suffers a little from Sequel-itis, which is a shame. It's still a decent tale, don't misunderstand, but it lacks the brilliance of the first one in its colour, texture and content. I think there was a wish to 'complete the circle' but I am not sure it works. The same characters appear, with a twist, and her dislike of either the Royals or the Establishment - well the Baddie is called Windsor, after all- paints much of this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More violent than the first of the trilogy. 16 Feb 2014
By Four Violets VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I was really keen to read this because I thoroughly enjoyed the first Sterkarm book, where Andrea from the 21st century goes back through The Time Tube and falls in love with handsome young Per from the 16th century. Reluctantly parted at the end of the first book, Andrea and Per are reunited, but at a time which occurs - for Per - before their first meeting, so he does not know her. Not only that, but as it is explained to Andrea by her unscrupulous, unpleasant boss James Windsor, there is a also another shift in dimensions which means that "her" Per is different, the entire tribe of Sterkarms that she knew is even more violent, more unlikeable.

For that reason and for the sickening gore and violence which surely makes this book totally unsuitable for children, I liked it less. However I would definitely look forward to the third, which I believe is being written at the moment, in the hope that Andrea and "her" Per can find happiness, and for the cliffhangers, not least the unfortunate 21st century hostage left behind in the 16th.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by this author
Read this one and read the first the Sterkarm Handshake and you will thoroughly enjoy both. A modern time travel turns into a 1600's great adventure.
Published 15 months ago by owain
4.0 out of 5 stars For there's sweeter rest / On a true love's breast / Than any other...
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... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Eileen Shaw
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing sequel
Having quite enjoyed 'The Sterkarm Handshake' I looked forward to the sequel, but was very disappointed. Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by Lizzy D
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice to be back, but what exactly are we doing?
I was really looking forward to this sequel and found it an entertaining read, but it doesn't compare all that well to the first volume. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by R. A. Williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Slitting the throat of a 15-year old girl?
So whose bright idea was it to publish a book for children with this kind of violence in it? Well, Scholastic Children's Books, of course. Read more
Published on 7 May 2010 by mad_mushroom
5.0 out of 5 stars cracking good read
The first book was fabulous and this sequel is every bit as good - ends on a cliffhanger though and it wou;d be nice to know when the next book will be coming out. Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by nogginthenog
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