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Mules; Masters & Mud: The Continuing Story of The Quarry Bank Runaways (Tales of Quarry Bank Mill Book 2) Kindle Edition
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I'm sorry to give this such a low rating, however I really did find this a very challenging read about a coming of age drama of two boys, Thomas Priestley and Joseph Sefton. Whilst I give the author kudos for researching the historical aspect of cotton apprentices during the Industrial revolution in 1806, this book does not capture imagination and reel you in, which is what you need a story to do. This is also labelled as a YA book, and therefore needs to appeal to a teen audience, which it would do if it could capture imagination. However, the author focuses too much on creating the old English dialect of the time, which is just unreadable in parts as I tried to work out what the characters were saying, and it becomes so tiresome that I ended up focusing more on what was being said than the storyline. There is also too much telling and explanation, with a lack of real emotion and drama, which the author could have created more in the beginning, rather than over explaining the story. I have a teenager who is a real bookworm, studying philosophy and English Lit, and they tried to read it, but said they found it boring and hard to read, because of this endless old English dialect.
I wonder if the author did any research by giving the book out to teenager beta readers to get their feedback which is so important with any book. I feel therefore it would do better targeted to history buffs who love the early 19th century, or maybe even schools where they could discuss the history of that time. It seems more of an educational read to me than an entertaining one - and it could have easily have been both.