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Ghosting Home (The Strong Winds Trilogy) Paperback – 2 Jul 2012
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This is another white knuckle ride which kept me reading late into the night. All is explained as far as the back-story of the leading "Goody" characters is concerned, and a pretty satisfactory resolution arrives. (The tributes to Arthur Ransome come thick and fast, too.) If I'm not quite able to give it the fifth star it's because I think the mechanisms by which the "Baddies" work their wickedness are not fully explored or explained, and their come-uppances are just a bit perfunctory. I may be old-fashioned, but I wanted to know how they are going to suffer (and I wouldn't have minded seeing them suffer more)! I don't think that the filling-in of these lacunae would necessarily lengthen the book overmuch.
That said, I have loved this series of books. They are contemporary, liberal-minded, fast-paced, and a realistic reflection of early teenage life in the often hostile environment of a target-driven Secondary School and in the clutches of overstretched Social Services. And - above all - they are humane. The artwork is great and the production values are as good as any I've seen in a paperback. I'd buy all three for any teenager who reads - and I will buy them for my sons - who are considerably older!
The other reviewers say it all but I wasn't bothered about the Baddies - I agreed with Julia's comments on another review.
I loved them and read them all within a few days. My Grandson, aged 14, is now reading the first one and thoroughly enjoying it- he's a computer geek!
I loved the, relatively, happy ending. Can't say my only regret without revealing the story.
I loved the use of the term 'SS'.
As my title says I am disappointed that it's only a trilogy. I would like more books but can understand the strain this would be, the trouble with many things is that they are flogged to death, good to quit on a high.
I'm a 74 year old sailor, all kinds of sailboats, sail in/from Morecambe Bay, so I was impressed with the reference to the cockle pickers.
Thanks Julia, love, Michael
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This whole trilogy is most enjoyable. If you liked the Swallows and Amazons, or your children enjoy them, try these.Published on 23 Aug. 2014 by Lesley
Read the trilogy back to back - lovely stories true to the spirit of the Ransome ones but covering gritty real issues that teens face today with the bonus of lots of sailing thrown... Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by Naviguesser
For both adults and children. Have read the trilogy now and had me hooked! These are books I wont be lending out!!Published on 6 July 2013 by G. Atkins
This doesn't disappoint. The story moves skilfully and with suspense to a satisfactory conclusion. Now I can't wait to read her next book.Published on 6 April 2013 by finnsarah