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  • By Stephen Bixby
    Feb 9, 2015
    I recently downloaded this book for my eight-year-old daughter. We are constantly on the lookout for new books so when Richard mentioned that he had written a children's book I wasted no time. My daughter was able to get thought the book in an afternoon and really seemed to enjoy it. It was the first book she's read on the iPad so it was extra exciting for her. The following is her review: It was a good book. My favorite parts were escaping from Sam Downs' house and when Kate set a fire Mr Mailer's heater. It was very exciting and it had a lot of suspense. It was a really good book and I think you should read it. -Anya I have since read the book to my six-year-old son and he also very much enjoyed the excitement and suspense. I'm not exactly sure whether they connected the climate change theme to our world today but it has at least presented an opportunity to discuss the topic. Thank you Richard!
  • By Chrystyna Schlapak
    Mar 3, 2011
    This 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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Draft Edition
Ramshackle Publishing
September 4, 2010
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.38 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
4.25 wide x 6.88 tall
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