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Sea of Whispers

Written by Tim Bowler

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Recommended Children's eBooks

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Award-winning Tim Bowler tells a complex story which captures the mystery and intensity of life on a remote island where survival depends on the unpredictable powers of the sea. Hetty is used to being a loner but it is not that she doesn’t care about people. She is quick to get to rocks to offer help when a boat smashes on them. And, when the sole survivor, a frail old woman, turns out to bring disaster and the fulfilment of an evil prophecy with her, Hetty springs to her defence.


Sea of Whispers is an ideal book for a Reading Group, perfect for years 6,7 and 8. 
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Sea of Whispers Synopsis

Somehow the boat was still afloat - another wave had lifted it clear of the first rock and was driving it further inshore. It bumped against the base of Crab Rock and skewed around, then tipped momentarily to starboard ...and as it did so, she saw a figure crouching in the bottom. Hetty's always been a bit of a loner, preferring to keep to the outer edges of the close-knit island community. But when a strange woman is washed up on the shore, Hetty finds herself under increasing scrutiny from the islanders. There's a connection between Hetty and the woman that makes people suspicious, so when death comes to the community the woman is branded a bad omen and Hetty has no choice but to take matters into her own hands. As she heads out to sea, a storm is breaking and the whispers that she's heard before are louder than ever. Voices from the very depths of the sea ...and they're calling her name.

Sea of Whispers Press Reviews

... evocative, mysterious new novel ... The Bookseller, Fiona Noble

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ISBN: 9780192728708
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192728395
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192728708
Publication date: 2nd January 2014
Author: Tim Bowler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Tim Bowler

Tim was our Guest Editor in February 2011. Click here to see his selections.   Tim Bowler is one of the UK’s most compelling and original writers for teenagers. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea and after studying Swedish at University he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in a small village in Devon and his workroom is an old stone outhouse known to friends as ‘Tim’s Bolthole’. Tim has written eighteen books and won fifteen awards, including the prestigious Carnegie Medal for ...

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