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Flood Child [Paperback]

Emily Diamand
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6 July 2009
Flooded England, 2216 ... England has changed for ever: most of it is under water. Worse, bloodthirsty pirates prowl the shores, and when they kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter it looks like war. But out of this drowning world comes Lilly Melkun, a girl determined to put things right, with the help of a pirate boy - and an extraordinary treasure from the past, with the power to change the Future...

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken House; 1 edition (6 July 2009)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1906427429
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906427429
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emily Diamand found her way into authoring when her debut novel won the Times/Chicken House prize for children's fiction in 2008. Prior to that she had various jobs including environmental campaigner, organic farmer, surveyor of trees, brussels sprouts picker and pond digger.

Her first novel Flood Child (previously published as Reavers Ransom) was sold in eighteen languages, shortlisted for the Branford Boase award and for several regional prizes.

The US edition, Raiders Ransom, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2009 and was listed in the American Library Association's Best Young Adult Fiction 2011.

The sequel, Flood and Fire, was published in the UK in August 2010 and in the US and Germany in 2011.

Ways to See A Ghost, a paranormal adventure involving ghosts, UFOs and a monster was published in July 2013:

'I was enchanted, gripped and freaked out by this book in a way I haven't been since The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.' Liz Bankes, Armadillo Magazine

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very easy read, will appeal to many! 12 Oct 2008
By Michael Scott VINE VOICE
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Set in a future that could become reality if nothing is done to stop global warming, this is a great children's book from a young and brilliant writer, the first of many we hope.

It tells the story of a Lilly Melkun, a feisty and brave 13 year old, who, with her seacat and a ransom, sets out to save the Prime Minister's daughter from the brutal Reavers, and in the process, her village from disaster. Funny and cleverly plotted, with some serious points to make as well as hilarious ones, this book is a great adventure story. Is this the new Harry Potter? I hope so as this really did deliver on all counts. Great stuff and recommended!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Post-apocalyptic children's adventure 28 Dec 2008
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Reaver's Ransom is set in the UK, many years from now after "The Collapse." The story centres around the capture of Alexandra Randall (the Prime Minister's daughter) and how Lilly Melkun with the help of her sea cat attempts to rescue her and pay the 'Reaver's Ransom'. The story is told from two sides however, and Zeph, son of the Reaver Boss who captured Alexandra also adds excitment to the story from his perspective.

Overall, Reaver's Ransom is a decent adventure story for children aged around 10-12, however I found the beginning of the book to be quite slow and confusing which made it hard to want to keep reading, although it did improve about a third of the way through. The other problem I had was the use of language such as "I ent" which became a bit grating so overall I would say it was a good read rather than very good or excellent. 3 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I wanted to like this book. Eventually though I no longer cared what happened to the characters. It fails to generate excitement or suspense and I'm afraid will ultimately disappoint many who choose it on the basis of the synopsis. I hope I'm wrong!
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When I first came across Reavers' Ransom, and studied the synopsis of the story, I was expecting a swashbuckling tale featuring pirates or war of Vikings taking place centuries ago. Instead, I got the chance to read a tale that cleverly combined future life with barbarism, the dark ages and Victorian living.

Emily Diamond's plot goes like this. Thirteen-year-old Lily Melkun is out fishing with her sea cat one night when savage, ruthless reavers raid and ravage her village, kill her grandmother and kidnap the Prime Minister's daughter. As a result her village is blamed for the whole disaster and is threatened with slavery, death and enrolment into the army. Determined to do something to advert the crisis and restore peace, Lily sets sail with a mysterious ransom to pay the reavers for the return of the Prime Minister's daughter.

On the other side, one of the Reavers, a young man named Zeph, is in the midst of succeeding his father as leader. Preparing for what is expected of him, Zeph must also deal with numerous challenges. Such as his bullying brother Roba, the threat of the inevitable war and the fact that underneath his exterior, lies a good heart. And his path will cross with Lily's to give both children the challenge of their lives.

As I said earlier, I was expecting this novel to be set in medieval times, but what Emily Diamond has cleverly done is provide the reader with a captivating idea of what future life in Britain could be like. The world here is that modern society has fallen into a great collapse. Computers and technology have now become the stuff of myth and as a result, the human race have stepped back into the dark ages, riddled by famine, strict Victorian rules, dictatorship, barbarism and superstition.
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I do not usually like the first person narrative style but the way this author tackles this actually makes reading the book more worthwhile and very interesting. I wont give too much away but just when you think you are following the story from the characters perspective, things switch around to offer different points of reference. Something else that I found refreshing, its written in a simple way that makes it very easy to read and paints a fantastic picture with descriptive language that does not overwhelm. The story draws the reader in and feeds information in such a way that keeps you reading to find out "what next?" It also offers some great little nuggets like when we discover what the talking jewel is for example. Tragedy, triumph and twists make for a thoroughly good read.
Over all I think this book would be good for the teen reader, but still offers enough for the older reader to enjoy. Its different but in a good way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Charming adventure story 14 Oct 2008
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Quite engaging, especially the very cute "sea cat" character which is original. The rest of the story and the way it has been written is good in my opinion and although there are a lot of other books out there for the similar audience and age group so there it's a tough market to cater for especially since it is the usual adventure type book which there are a lot of. Whether it can succeed in terms of "competition" is another matter, but as a good read for children, it is entertaining and easy enough to read to sustain interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting fantasy sci fi book for kids 28 Sep 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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The premise of this story was really interesting. Set in an unspecified time, hundreds of years into the future it shows an England that has fallen prey to global warming and the horrors of technology gone wild. London has disappeared under the sea and survivors have split off into tribes of pirate families known as Reavers. In other parts of the country people live in a kind of Luddite grinding poverty where technology is shunned as evil and the class system is firmly back in place.

Lilly is a fishergirl in a peasant village. Out fishing with her precious sea cat one day, she returns home to find her village has been raided by Reavers who have kidnapped the Prime Minister's daughter. To try to save her village, Lilly takes a ransom and sets off to liberate the girl.

This is a fantastic adventure story with strong characters, a great pace and the potential left for more books. There are some gruesome bits but this should still be suitable for tens and ups, both girls and boys. The technology and piracy will appeal to both, and the female hero will make it accessible to girls. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Marian Brereton
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Flood Child by Emily Diamand
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Generally I think there are two kinds of Dystopia - technology gone crazy like Uglies, or return to the past where a technological breakdown plunges... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Liberty Gilmore
1.0 out of 5 stars beware
This is exactly the same book with the title of Flood Child..........dont by it if you have read flood child
Published on 6 May 2012 by john dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars A Futuristic Adventure!
In the year 2216 England is almost completely submerged under water. Lilly Melkun is a young fisher girl living in the Last Ten Counties of England and has a very rare and precious... Read more
Published on 8 July 2011 by BDMist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Lilly Melkun is a young girl that lives in a small village on the English coast with her grandmother and her pet that happens to be a rare sea cat. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2011 by Mrs. A. M. Chadwick
3.0 out of 5 stars Disgruntled!
I read Reavers' Ransom and enjoyed it enough to buy what I thought was a sequel. BEWARE - Flood Child is the same book, republished under a different title. Read more
Published on 7 Sep 2010 by red-reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read for kids
I read this book and so did my 9 year old daughter. It's a post-apocalyptic adventure, kind of swallows and amazons mixed with a bit of Mad Max and an interesting cat. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2010 by Si
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too
Set in a post-apocalyptic England, Lilly Melkun has a fairly ordinary life. Each day, she and her seacat go out fishing and come back to a home-cooked supper that Granny has made. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by TeensReadToo
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and refreshing...but that's about it
Reaver's Ransom is a strange and quirky book, which reads like a cross between Northern Lights meets Pirates of the Carribean. Read more
Published on 14 May 2009 by Paul Everdark
4.0 out of 5 stars What would the future be like if climate change really happened?
Set after climate change and global warming have melted the ice caps, Reavers Ransom is an adventure story set in the society that might exist afterwards. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2009 by Angel Jem
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