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The story of 14 year old Donny and his new found friends that began in The Salt-Stained Book continues in this gripping sequel. Donny's long lost great Aunt has arrived from China on a boat and rescued him and his mother from the care system. Her gorgeous boat Strong Winds (a Chinese junk) becomes their home but it's not long before Donny and his friends and family are caught up in yet more dark, intense and suspense-filled action and adventure that is cleverly interspersed with Chinese tales from great aunt Ellen's life and a good dose of wit as well. It's a great read. Volume three Ghosting Home was released in Jun 2012.
The Strong Winds Trilogy consists of:
CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.
“The third flag – Anna’s resplendent dragon on its rippling black background – had been slashed to tatters … What did pirates do anyway? In real life and the twenty-first century?”
In A Ravelled Flag Donny Walker and his Allies – Anna, Xanthe, Maggi and Luke – come dangerously close to finding out. Their adventures take them to semi-derelict docklands, up the deserted and beautiful River Stour and onwards to Britain’s most easterly point.
Claudia Myatt whose delightful black and white illustrations and maps adorn the pages is a leading nautical artist and the widely acclaimed author and illustrator of the Royal Yachting Association’s Go Sailing! series.
Praise for Volume One, The Salt-Stained Book:
‘A Swallows and Amazons for our times' - Marine Quarterly
‘Funny and exciting’ - Amanda Craig, The Times
‘An intense, absorbing read’ - Evening Standard
‘Pure yachting goodness’ - Otago Daily Times
‘wonderfully written … both tough and charming’ - The Lady
‘One of the great adventure stories of 2011’ - The Bookbag
‘Quite simply, it’s brilliant. … a rich and subtle tribute that Arthur Ransome would have loved’ - Jan Needle, Water Craft
‘I loved it’ - Griff Rhys Jones
|Publication date:||24th November 2011|
|Publisher:||Golden Duck (UK) Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
Julia Jones as a child, steering Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ramsome that inspired his classic Swallows and Amazons. When Julia Jones was three years old her parents bought Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome’s former yacht. Julia slept in the place that had been designed for Ransome to store his typewriter and it wasn’t long before she was reading her way through the Swallows and Amazons series. Boats and books have been part of her life ever since. As an adult she founded and ran a village bookshop and developed a local publishing list for ...More About Julia Jones
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