Seacrow Island Hardcover – 15 Sep 1969
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The Melkerson family comprises father Melker, who is rather scatterbrained, theatrical and ineffectual, except when he's not. We have twelve and thirteen year old Johan and Niklas and "baby" Pelle who are more typical young boys. For me, the central figure of the family is nineteen year old Malin, the daughter who is essentially the mother/housekeeper/responsible adult for this crowd. She is buffeted and confused and exasperated by all of her roles and is fascinating as she switches gears and moods during the course of the summer, (actually, sometimes during the course of a day).
On top of all of this we have the islanders, who are a mixed bag of characters, mostly with redeeming or at least eccentric and engaging qualities. Leading the island pack is seven year old Tjorven, a willful independent neighbor girl who is usually at the center of the action.
This is not some mild Swedish version of "Five Little Peppers" or "Little Women". This has some vinegar and conflict and spark that spices up the island summer. There are touching family scenes, some sensitive nature writing, a few antic comedy events, lots of swimming and boating, some very dry humor, (a dog and a fish having a staring contest), a bit of suspense and adventure, and some broad humor. Underlying it all is an odd blend of cheer and wistfulness.Read more ›
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"Johan and Niklas Melkerson, at twelve and thirteen, are natural companions for adventurous Freddy and Teddy (girls exactly their age); dreamy Pelle, the baby of the family, gets up to trouble with bossy Tjorven and fanciful Stina; and ever-responsible Malin, who at nineteen looks after her scatterbrained father as well as her brothers, catches the eye of all the island's young men."
After a summer's stay on Seacrow Island the Melkerson family feel like it is their new found home (albeit rundown and badly need of repair). The characters are vividly portrayed, very charming and believable. The island community is tight knit and inclusive. The setting of the story is alluring and the adventures portrayed are engrossing... luring the reader to join in and be accepted by the islanders too.
This rich story is full of the best in storytelling: "sweetness and sorrow, humour and suspense" spun by the famous author of Pippi Longstocking. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and would highly recommend it.