Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£19.99|
Save £17.68 (88%)
The Skipper's Child Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The Skipper's Child is a story for older children and adults of all ages ~ in other words, anyone from ten to eighty years old! It takes place on the canals of Belgium in the winter of 1962 when twelve year old Arie and his family become involved with a young Russian fugitive, Dmitri.
I've read three of Val Poore's non-fiction books, about her time living in South Africa and her own life on board barge, but I'd never read any fiction by her before. I'm glad I did; this is a delightful book, and I felt completely immersed in the life of the skipper and his family of fifty years ago (and maybe a little wistfully wishing I was there....).
The story is very well plotted, no complaints there at all, but the beauty of the book lies in the picture Val Poore paints of this strange and appealing parallel world, and the thoughts of Arie as he treads the shaky path between child and adulthood. I thoroughly enjoyed it - one to snuggle up in bed with!
Taking place in 1962, this story has charm and beautifully depicts canal life. It also has drama and adventure of a surprising sort.
A great snapshot and family read.
Worth a look.
The young man, Dmitri, has fallen in with a dangerous group and is being hunted by the authorities. This puts the entire family in jeopardy but they bind together to do what they feel is morally right. They want to get the boy across the French border. They are suspected of harboring the Russian boy and their boat is searched more than once.
Will the Kornet family get caught? Will Dimitri survive? Will Arie’s younger sister get over her crush on Dmitri who saved her life twice? There are so many uncertainties as this dramatic story unfolds. I sat on the edge of my seat as I continually scrolled forward to see how things would turn out.
Val Poore has done it again. She is a great storyteller on so many fronts. If you want high adventure on the waterways, simply pick up The Skipper’s Child!
The setting of the story is wonderfully described, and the characters are well-rounded and believable. It's a story where you hope for the best for Dimitry's safety in a world full of hate. But it also has a theme of hope and acceptance of the life we are born into. A story adults and children will both enjoy.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews