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The Skipper's Child Kindle Edition
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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!
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!
Contains enough geography, history, politics and psychology to be educational in a most discreet way -and, set in the early '60,s an innocence which is increasingly hard to find in contemporary novels aimed at young people.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Valerie's books never fail to please. This book has an intriguing story line and the characters are very real. I really cared about them. Recommended read.Published 16 months ago by Water gypsy
A wonderfully evocative story of times gone by with the added interest of reading about places we have been to with our own boat, lovely. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jude Burt
Excellent read. I live on a small Dutch barge and spent 4 summers cruising Holland. Great insight into the lives of commercial barges of the 60's. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mrs J Spencer
As one of the few people who really couldn't get on with Harry Potter, I wasn't sure what I would think of this children's book. But I loved it! Read morePublished 17 months ago by Julie McG
The Skipper’s Child by Valerie Poore
This book is a family adventure set on a Dutch barge in the 1960s. They are taking a cargo of wool to Lille. Read more
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