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  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Lasserrade Press (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956469604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956469601
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,692,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Kennedy is a psychologist. He lives in the South West of France and divides his between academic psychology and writing fiction. His early novels were adventure stories - the sort that appeal to children from the age of seven to seventy. They examine the lives of a group of children "trapped in amber" over a period of a few golden months. The novel "Lucy" (set in war-time France) treats the some of the same characters as adults after a lapse of many years.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Regulus on 12 Oct. 2010
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A group of young friends are on holiday beside a lake. They find themselves cut off from the adult world by rain and floods, and must learn to fend for themselves. Superbly written, with a wonderful depiction of children and childhood, to say that this book is in some ways a cross between an Arthur Ransome novel and an optimistic "Lord of the flies" doesn't do its originality justice. It's suitable for older children, teenagers, and adults. I look forward to the promised sequel. Highly recommended.
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I can only give this book three stars because there is so much wrong with it. It has great potential, but it seriously needs a rewrite to eliminate the terrible faults and to stop it dragging. It thoroughly deserves a rewrite though, because the ending is beautifully written, to the point that it serves as a masterclass in how to write, though sadly the same cannot be said of the vast bulk of the book leading up to that point (you can use the "look inside" option to make your own judgement). I have not read the books that follow it yet, but I would expect them to be better as the writer continues to refine his skills. The second one is as affordable as the first, so I will probably return to give it a go before too long.
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Children behaving well, getting caught out by circumstances and weather, doing their best and ( usually ) saving the day. Adults portrayed as reasonable, intelligent and usually kind but mostly left in the background so the children can adventure unhindered. This was a delightful gentle romp through happy childhood holidays portrayed with enough drama to keep it interesting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YH on 17 Mar. 2013
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This is a fantastic read that will remind you of the excitement you had as a child reading adventure books. First in a series of books by the author, it has a classic feel similar to The Chronicles of Narnia, Jim Button or Momo, while giving readers real insight into what life was like for children growing up during the period between two world wars. Nostalgic yet realistic, the book can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
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