- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (4 Sept. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0192792415
- ISBN-13: 978-0192792419
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,195 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Minnow on the Say Paperback – 4 Sep 2008
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Two boys set out in their canoe to solve a riverside mystery in this exciting story by best-selling author, Philippa Pearce
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Like the river itself, the book has depths beyond the mystery and adventure. The subject of friendship is central to the book and the characters are all very well drawn, from the two central protagonists, the likeable "everyboy" David and the more complex adolescent Adam, to the supporting roles of Squeak Wilson and Adam's eccentric relatives.
Finally, what makes this book particularly worthwhile is that the author does not shy away from themes integral to life from class differences to the meaning of poverty to mental illness to death, which makes the story as relevant today as when it was written.
At the heart of the book is a cracking good historical puzzle, sophisticated enough to keep adult brains ticking over. But the appeal of Pearce's writing for children is that she never condescends or patronises.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely book. Slightly frustrating conclusion I thought but nice little read for young and young at heartPublished 23 hours ago by deepforest
I read this myself as a child (age about 10), and it was the first book I really enjoyed reading. I recently read it to my 6 year old son, and he also loved it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by rtyui
Two boys find a riddle which leads them to buried treasure— but someone else is also on the trail so it leads to complications. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
The book was in good condition. As literature, this book can't be compared with Pearce's masterpiece, Tom's Midnight Garden; but I liked the description of the river 'Say' (i.e. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Peacock Michael
Although this is a book intended for children, I have really enjoyed it, in fact have read it twice now. It is well written and kept my interest to the end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Trainer