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  • By Adam Robson
    Sep 30, 2010
    Annie and Tom go off to Nantucket to stay with their fierce aunt, and have a sequence of encounters and adventures. Gentle, lyrical, imbued with love for both the remarkable island of Nantucket and the American character, this book celebrates the special relationship by centring on one fascinating location and two enterprising English children who have their time of their lives discovering it. The narrative is episodic and the invention lively. In many ways the main character is the island itself - reading this book certainly made me determined to go there sometime, and its lonely beaches, colourful characters and characteristic towns are brought vividly to life.In discovering the island, Annie and Tom learn about themselves as well; and in the final chilling chapter their fears, strengths and courage all come into play as they face a terrible situation. A very pleasurable read.
  • By Simon Andrew Watson
    Sep 28, 2010
    This is an unusual and innovative book. It takes the traditional format of the children's adventure story to provide a guide, an introduction, not only to the particular charm and character of Nanbtucket Island in particular but to the American way of life in general. The two children in the story - refreshingly old-fashioned in their vitality and good manners! - take the reader at a stimulating gallop through numerous aspects of a place which the author not only knows but also loves. The result is a beautfiful summer breeze of innocent exploration and adventure, of observation and description all served with humour and affection. This would make an ideal pre-visit read for young people - much more useful, as well as entertaining in its 'shenanigans' , than a plain guide book.
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Product Details

June 24, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.8 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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