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Ghosting Home (The Strong Winds Trilogy) Paperback – 2 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Duck (UK) Ltd (2 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899262067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899262069
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.4 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The first thing I have to say is that you really need to read all three of Julia Jones' "Strong Winds" trilogy in the right order. I'm not sure how well this would work as a stand alone book. That may sound like a criticism but it's not meant as such. Just that it would be like reading "The Return Of The King" on its own, without the benefit of the synopsis at the beginning of Tolkien's third volume.

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!
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There is an appropriate, guided realism here in the back-plots of people-trafficking & possible corruptions of professional social services. This trilogy, written with deftness like a magician's, builds to leave the reader of this third part in no doubt of these dangers, as well as the fun, hazards & glory of sailing adventure in the Ransome tradition. Superb & unmissable tribute series, by an author as dedicated to achievement & humanity as her mentor was.
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Last part of the Strong Winds trilogy and a brilliant conclusion. I thoroughly recommend this series to anyone, but especially if you enjoyed Swallows and Amazons as a kid. This book is derivative, but bang up to date in it's subject matter and storyline. One of the best books I ever read - I'm only sorry the story has finished.
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I can't remember from where the books came to my notice, probably a sailing magazine - Practical Boat Owner or the RYA, perhaps even the RNLI?
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
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great finish to the trilogy an up to date Swallows and amazons adventure in true Arthur Ransome style Children and adults will enjoy
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A problem with Kindle books is the ease with which sets like the Strong Winds Trilogy seem to just flow from the first to the last without it really being noticed that there are separate books. This final one I downloaded and started reading straight after finishing the second one at 11:30 pm, I could hardly bear to stop reading them. Like the Swallows and Amazons characters the people in Strong Winds soon become good friends and I suffered more than one anxious moment fearing what might happen next and sharing in the relief and joy with them as things work out, more or less, in the end.
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The second book of this trilogy was substantially better than the first (which I criticised rather heavily), and this third volume has upped the standard dramatically again. I now rate this author right up there with the very best of today's children's writers and can't wait to read the fourth book of what has now become a series. These books seriously deserve to be a lot better known.
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