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The Skipper's Child by [Poore, Valerie]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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From the Author

This book was inspired by my friend and partner who was himself a Skipper's Child. I wrote it after hearing the stories and anecdotes of his childhood in the 1950's and 1960's. The life of commercial skippers and their families are very special and I felt it would be something different to weave these stories into a fictional adventure novel for children of all ages - from 10 - 100!
Praise for this book:
"It made me laugh, cry and hold my breath all at once! A beautifully written book that will appeal to everyone with a sense of adventure and a love of old fashioned story-telling." T Bland, Bedford.
"A great read for all age groups!" M. Mann, Netherlands.

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Arie hates life on his family's barge, the ''Rival''. All they do is travel on the European waterways. Arie is intensely frustrated with it all. It seems there is nothing for him to do, and no escape, until an unexpected brush with Russian secret agents and a startling stow - away bring him far more excitement than he'd bargained for!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 541 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sunberry Books (13 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007U79URK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.5 stars

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!
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I'm in the process of researching houseboats to buy and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it! This is such a lovely work of historical fiction . Life aboard the barge was described with great authenticity, as were Arie and his family. The arrival of Dmitri added great drama to the story and made this a book that will appeal to readers from childhood upwards. Love the cover design too.
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Easy to read book for a young audience, following a season travelling on a barge on the waterways in the Low Countries. Realistic, humourous in places. Recommended.
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A good read, not only for youngsters.
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I did not want this book to end! When I reached the end, I felt like, “Aw.” This suspenseful tale, The Skipper’s Child, will touch the heartstrings. The Kornet family finds a stowaway on their houseboat as they travel to sell their wares during the Christmas holidays. The son, Arie, befriends the young man and hides him before sharing the truth about his presence with his father and the rest of the family
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!
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Valerie Poore's The Skipper's Child gives the reader of all ages a fascinating adventure on a houseboat, complete with intrigue and danger. This is a family story and a great read. As it is well written it in an excellent choice of book for children, while the story has sufficient pace to interest adults. Five-star work.
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This story was an absolute delight. I normally wouldn't have thought to pick up a book that involved barges, but I was intrigued by the description. The author does an outstanding job of creating an atmosphere to suck you in; the characters are beautifully developed and I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline. This is well worth the purchase for a read full of adventure and intrigue.
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Although this is ostensibly a book for older children, it is a gripping read, containing all the classic ingredients of a thriller - and at the same time gives a vivid picture of life on a dutch canal and the rather insular world of the bargee families which seems to contain a kind of claustrophobic freedom.The characterization is skilful and the plot gallops , or should that be skippers, along.
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.
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