The Boy on the Shore
eBook (PDF), 153 Pages
In the near future Kate and Ben live with their parents in a low-carbon society: no cars, no petrol, and no travel. But elsewhere climate change means that for some people there is no water to drink. Kate and Ben find themselves drawn into a terrifying adventure when they meet Pepe, a refugee whose family is trying to reach Britain because there is no water left in his home in southern Spain. Working together and using all their ingenuity they outwit evil adults determined to exploit the refugees.
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Mar 3, 2011This is a children's book written by a friend and ex-colleague. Knowing that I'm a bookworm and always review what I read, he asked me to read this - being a bit of a pedant, I also did a spot of proof reading too! I've not really read any children's books since.... er.... I was a child, so it took me a moment or two to get into the right mindset. By that I mean that I shouldn't look at the story with adult perceptions: it would be hard to believe that the children in the book could be so resourceful etc. to be able to suceed in all the situations that they find themselves in. Also, the climate change theme seemed quite heavy handed, but I guess it would need to be to get through to a child. It put me in mind of many of the books I read as a child: Enid Blyton, Malcolm Saville, Elinor M Brent Dyer etc. all wrote books where a group of resourceful children find themselves having an 'adventure' and winning through, beating their adult adversaries. I'm also put in mind of another book I... More > read as a child: Heartsease, which is a post-apocalypse (pandemic) tale (think they eventually based 'The Survivors' on it) where people live in small groups, reverting to a more 'medieval' style of living, but with odd remnants of technology. So, this is the tale of a post-fossil fuel world where climate change has led to drought and hunger and with climate change refugees washing up on the shores of Britain looking for a better life. Life has reverted to a more community based way of living with self-sufficiency and sustainability, the key. Our 'heroes' are a brother and sister who find a Spanish boy washed up on the shore. A group of 'raiders' find them on the beach, presume they are all refugees, and kidnap them. The rest of the story is about their captivity, escape and the adventures they have trying to get home. I found the tale sped on at a pace, the background information was well thought through and it all held together well. I would think that a child would find it quite exciting. Not sure what age it's aimed at, so not sure if all the vocabulary fits its audience, but that's what parents and dictionaries are for - if we don't stretch children, they can't learn. One thing did nag at me tho - Pepe: at the beginning of the book, he's speaking in broken English, almost pigeon. By the end of the book (possibly only 48 hours later) he's speaking in quite complex, perfect, English. Having said that, reading the whole story with him speaking broken English would be quite wearying, so probably for the best. To be fair, I'm pretty sure children wouldn't really notice. Overall, I think it's very good & Richard should really try and get it out to a wider audience!< Less
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- Richard M Marshall (Standard Copyright License)
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- Ramshackle Publishing
- September 28, 2011
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