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Initial post: 28 Aug 2010 11:36:51 BDT
Jharcourt says:
As a child growing up in Yorkshire in the 1970s there was a book I regularly got out of Wetherby library to read again and again. I cannot remember the name of the book - or even what the cover looked like - but the plot was this:

A boy lived in an upturned boat on a beach. he and his friends decide to repair the boat and sail to adventure (I think he has a map of a treasure island), but to do it the boat needs a propeller. The children go around the town and collect pennies. When the have enough, someone helps them make the propeller.
This is the part of the story I remember the best: he makes the shape of the propeller in the sand of the beach, then melts all the collected pennies and the molten metal is then poured into the sand mould. they finish the propeller and attach it to the boat and set sail...
The island they sail to is a dormant volcano with a dense forest growing inside the caldera. There is - I think - a parrot that adopts them and there is certainly a villain.
That is as much as I remember and I would love to find it again.

can anyone help?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 09:35:55 BDT
Jo Frances says:
Are you perhaps thinking of Enid Blyton's "The Island of Adventure"? The parrot in that book was called Kiki. I think the boy's name was Jack.

Posted on 29 Aug 2010 11:40:47 BDT
I too think it is an Enid Blyton book (all of her output greatly loved by me). Can remember the story but not the title, howvere I do think Jo Frances is more than likely correct saying it is "The Island of Adventure".

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 12:05:00 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Aug 2010 12:21:27 BDT
Jharcourt says:
Thanks Jo and Judith, but no I doubt that that is it.

Other than the Faraway Tree books ,I had a vehement dislike of Blyton and could not be even be induced to read one (A Secret Seven thing) that had been bought for me before we moved to Yorkshire. I couldn't bear books where the characters had no discernable 3rd dimension - effectively defined by being clever, bold, impulsive, naughty, sensible etc. - or where I suspected the author of endeavouring to make a 'better person' of me by my reading it; so the likes of Blyton and CS Lewis have always been absent from my bookshelves.

I have looked at the synopsis for The Island of Adventure, and whilst I agree that there are some similarities, with regard to it being an island, the one in my story was most definitely a tropical island with a caldera (they had to climb it to get inside) and not a craggy island with caves.
It was also the boy, not someone else who lived on the beach and it was his boat, not someone elses. I have an impression of the boy being an outsider to the town, living on the verges of society, and of the town itself being cobbled.

Thanks for the suggestion though!

Posted on 29 Aug 2010 23:35:19 BDT
HMac says:
It's not the Island of Adventure. I loved that book and there was no making propellors from pennies. They ended up having an 'adventure' by accident... they actually went to the island to do some birdwatching. Sorry though, Jharcourt, I have no suggestions for your story. Hope you find out!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 23:42:26 BDT
Jharcourt says:
Thanks HMac!
I now know where NOT to look at least! The search goes on...

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2013 21:49:27 BDT
The Little Captain by Paul Beigel I have always remembered the propeller too

Posted on 24 May 2013 21:51:52 BDT
The Little Captain by Paul Beigel I have always remembered the propeller too

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2013 20:10:59 BDT
The Little Captain
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