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Alexander McCall Smith has taken the ever-popular set up for a proper children’s story – group of plucky kids, no parents – and added to the scope for adventure tenfold by setting it on a tall ship. Twins Ben and Fee have grown up on a submarine because their parents are marine scientists. Now, nearly 13, it’s time they went to school and they are enrolled at a very unusual one: the School Ship Tobermory. They’ve only just begun to learn the ropes when they and their new friends spot some suspicious activity on board another ship supposedly being used in a film. The story is great fun, with some real suspense, and the descriptions of life afloat make it sound very tempting indeed: readers will agree with Ben when he decides that there’s nothing better than being at sea with friends, the empty sky above you and the wind in your hair. ~ Andrea Reece
The first of a brand-new series of adventure books from the creator of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, featuring a colourful cast of characters who live on board a sailing ship based in Tobermory, a real harbour town on the Scottish island of Mull.
Follow the exploits of the children who go to a most unusual school - the sail-powered training ship Tobermory. When a film crew arrives in Tobermory Bay, Ben and Fee are invited to be extras. But their suspicions are soon aroused - is the film crew genuine, or are they up to something sinister? Ben and Fee soon discover the truth when they uncover a dastardly plan masterminded by a South American businessman...
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This is the best new series for younger readers that we've seen coming through in a long time! Everything about it is a winner for us, from the plot and characters to the location and striking illustrations throughout. It is beautifully produced and as a gift edition hardback it was one of our Christmas top sellers. It continues to do well for us, though we are looking forward to the paperback hopefully coming soon! It really lends itself to hand-selling which makes it ideal for shops like ours and like most things from Alexander McCall Smith, it is utterly charming. We can't wait for the second in the series - I really feel this has the potential to be something really special in children's publishing and look forward to it being a permanent addition to our bookshelves' - Sally Pattle - Bookshop Manager, Far From the Madding Crowd'
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General
|Publication date:||13th July 2017|
|Author:||Alexander Mccall Smith|
|Publisher:||Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books. But he is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, published in the US in 2002 and 2003. The first installment, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, received two Booker Judge's Special Recommendations upon its U.K. publication in 1998, and in 2003 received The Saga Wit Award (commonly known as the "silver Booker" for authors over the age of 50). The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series now numbers a total of five books (he is working on ...More About Alexander Mccall Smith