Lady Molly & The Snapper: A Young Adult time travel adventure, set in Ireland and on the high seas. Paperback – 28 Aug 2012
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About the Author
Gerry McCullough has been writing poems and stories since childhood. Brought up in north Belfast, she graduated in English and Philosophy from Queen's University, Belfast, then went on to gain an MA in English. She lives just outside Belfast, in Northern Ireland, has four grown up children and is married to author, media producer and broadcaster, Raymond McCullough, with whom she co-edited the Irish magazine, 'Bread', (published by Kingdom Come Trust), from 1990-96. In 1995 they published a non-fiction book called, 'Ireland - now the good news!' Over the past few years Gerry has had around sixty short stories published in UK, Irish and American magazines, anthologies and annuals - as well as broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster. Her poems and articles have been published in several Northern Ireland and UK magazines, and she has also done readings from her novels, poems and short stories at several Irish literary events. She writes a regular literary blog - Gerry's Books - and guest writes for several other literary blogs. Gerry won the Cúirt International Literary Award for 2005 (Galway); was shortlisted for the 2008 Brian Moore Award (Belfast); shortlisted for the 2009 Cúirt Award; and commended in the 2009 Seán O'Faolain Short Story Competition, (Cork). She is now also an Amazon best-selling novellist. Her first full-length Irish novel - 'Belfast Girls,' a thriller/romance (originally published by Night Publishing, UK, in November 2010) was re-published by Precious Oil Publications in June, 2012; and a second thriller/romance novel, 'Danger, Danger,' was published by Precious Oil in October, 2011. Her third full-length novel, Angel in Flight: an Angel Murphy thriller, was released by Precious Oil in June 2012. Her first collection of Irish short stories - 'The Seanachie: Tales of Old Seamus', previously published in an Irish weekly magazine - was published by Precious Oil in January, 2012. 'Lady Molly & The Snapper' is the latest arrival - a young adult time travel adventure, set in Ireland and on the high seas – published August, 2012. The Cúirt Award-winning story, 'Primroses,' and the Seán O'Faolain commended story, 'Giving Up,' have been extended and re-written as part of a series of seven more serious Irish short stories - to be published later in 2012, with another of these stories, 'Dark Night', being extended into a coming, full-length historical novel. Also coming soon is, 'Not the End of the World' a comic, futuristic, adult fantasy novel.
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I found the book difficult to get into to begin with but that could be because I don't usually read YA or time travel, once I was into the book, approximately a quarter of the way through, so please don't let that put other people off, I began to enjoy the book and especially as the various threads in the book came together.
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I loved how Jip and Nora got caught up in adventure after adventure going back in time to deal with a variety of famous Irish icons, like the female pirate Grania, in their quest to discover why their ancestor was never credited for inventing the radar used by boats to manoeuvre safely through dangerous waters.
Their relationships with fellow crew men, slowly seeped into their own time as they made some interesting discoveries about new and old friends.
The snapper guided them on their journeys, ensuring they kept to a strict code of ethics to further their cause. Including consequences if they were led off the moral path.
I'm sure kids and young adults alike would enjoy Lady Molly. It's written in excellent prose to suit the intended audience and has enough antics to keep any young mind turning the page.
We all love a good family tale and this is one that I would highly recommend.
This story goes beyond the exciting adventures of two children aboard an ancient ship in the tumultuous seas – it presents the loneliness of children dealing with the death of a parent, and the emotional damage caused by parental neglect. A great read for parents as well as children alike.