Private Beach

Private Beach

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  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 628.22g
  • United Kingdom
  • Ill.
  • 0245560629
  • 9780245560620

Review Text

In contrast with the solitude of The Boy Who Wasn't Lonely (1965, p.237, J-75) this is about some children who are anything but isolated. In descending order the junior Langhams include Alice, who is in her teens and on the precarious boundary between being an adult and a child; Thelma; the 10 year old twins Tig and Simon; and Freda. Romping around on their backyard beach, they all have separate projects, but act mostly in a concert of youthful repartee which vacillates between the convincing and the sort of things adults think children say, but it is generally amusing. Tig is the one most readers will want to identify with; he is the moody one, and it's a let-down to discover that his only Problem really is that he can't swim. The beach seems headed for disaster either from the sea, washing away the land, or from the village, which wants to rebuild it with an extension of the amusement area. It comes out all right, though, as lo-and-behold a cave filled with remnants of a Jutish ship appears after a landslide. It's a pleasant family story, and of course it's always nice to have a cave around the house. (Kirkus Reviews)show more