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A watery tale,
This review is from: The Executioner's Daughter (Paperback)
Note: I am writing as an adult who was a primary school teacher, so I'm considering it as a story in it's own right and it's appeal to children.
It was the first few chapters that held it back a little. Too many characters were introduced, although I can see that this is intended to show the life, problems, the bullying of the young girl. I think the fat boy could be done away with! The father-daughter relationship and their past history was the key point, along with the Riverwitch. Witches don't do a lot for me, but those were superstitious times, and the age group this is aimed at find them fun, too.
Once we were out on the river, the pace picked up, but perhaps too many descriptions of swirling waters, rocks, bridges.
The denouement was excellent: Moss had learnt about love and something of the diffiuclties people have of expressing
their deepest emtions. It really was quite touching and made sense.
Moss is very believable. Salter is a strong character. Pa is credible with his fears for her safety, and most the lesser characters work well. Maybe more emphasis on the role, motivation of the ragged man? And caps for Ragged Man?
Yes, I did enjoy it, and I don't read many children's books out of choice. The style was appropriate - where did all the nick-names and insults come from? But that's how it would have been becasue life was very tough. They were all pretty foul-mouthed then!
I don't know if this is a first novel, but I would be proud to have written such a believable, exciting and touching story.
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Initial post: 11 Dec 2014 09:23:41 GMT
You were a teacher and you don't know the difference between 'it's' and 'its'? Oh, no wonder the educational standards have slipped so far.
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