A lovely read! Polly is an endearing and sympathetic character, and I found myself cheering her on right to the end of the story. The setting is excellent (even if Polly herself has to overcome her struggles with being afloat) with all the atmosphere and drama of events taking place beside the sea. There's lots of colour and some memorable secondary characters to enjoy, too. Recommended reading, especially if you like problems overcome and a satisfactory happy ending!
This book has everything - wonderful characters, a heat-soaked setting, boats, drama, an endearing small boy and villains who make you wonder what the world is coming to. Everything... but crucially not too much of anything... makes this story flow really well. It's altogether a most enjoyable read, thoroughly recommended. (And I appreciate now being able to pronounce Ta' Xbiex, should anyone ask!)