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The Executioner's Daughter Paperback – 30 Jan 2014
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'This notable debut mixes vivid history with supernatural adventure and from its dark depths friendship, forgiveness and parental love rise to the surface.' Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times
'A strong new voice in children's fiction... draws a wonderfully authentic portrait of a wilful tween desperate to find out more about her origins... Worth locking yourself up for an afternoon's reading pleasure.' Alex O'Connell, The Times
'Putting a different spin on the Tudor period, this pacy historical tale paints an intriguing and authentic picture of the times that will fascinate young fans of history. With some spooky and gruesome moments, it is best suited to readers of 11 and above, but older children will find much to enjoy in Hardstaff's gripping adventure.' Booktrust
The Executioner's Daughter was chosen as Children's Book of the Week by The Sunday Times and The Times.
About the Author
Jane Hardstaff longed to be an artist, but somehow became a TV producer. She grew up in Wiltshire with her brothers, hunting mayfly-nymphs with her father and reading fairytales with her mother. Now she lives in London’s East End, near the great, wild River Thames – the inspiration for her first book.
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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.
This book is written in very simple form without any fancy Tudor words, therefore you don't have to be a historian to read!
Although I was hoping for more about Tudor culture.
Still very good though!