Saskia's Journey

Saskia's Journey

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Saskia Granton is intrigued by an invitation to visit her reclusive great-aunt Alessandra, who lives on the Scottish coast. It's a chance to rediscover her lifelong love of the sea - and to forget, if only for a few weeks, the boring career her parents have mapped out for her. Swept immediately into the rhythm of life in a fishing community, Saskia slowly begins to realize how little she really knows about her roots. Somehow, she needs to understand the past if she is to find the direction she needs for her future - a future that may or may not include her new friend Ben. Just as the sea gives up its bounty, so too her great-aunt must reveal the secrets of the past - the terrible toll of lives lost, and the very personal tragedy that left Alessandra herself so isolated. Only then can Saskia break free . . .show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 15mm | 172g
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552548650
  • 9780552548656
  • 669,871

About Theresa Breslin

THERESA BRESLIN is the Carnegie Medal winning author of over thirty books for children & young adults whose work has appeared on stage, radio and TV. Her books are hugely popular with young people, librarians and teachers. Remembrance, her top selling YA novel of youth in WW1, has now been reissued to include Book Notes. The Dream Master was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award. Divided City was shortlisted for ten book awards, winning two outright.show more

Review quote

"Themes of loss and forgiveness are at the heart of this haunting tale of self-discovery by an author at the height of her powers . . . Breslin's mesmerising descriptions of the sea and the people who depend upon it captures all the atmospheric beauty of north-west Scotland. A truly memorable story" * The Bookseller * "A sensitive, finely structured novel which unfolds as delicately as a "creamy purl of foam at the water's edge"" * Books for Keeps * "Packs an emotional punch whilst highlighting the contemporary concerns of fishing communities under threat of economic extinction" * Guardian * "Saskia's Journey is a sensitive, finely structured, balanced narrative" * Writeaway! *show more

Review Text

"Saskia's Journey is a sensitive, finely structured, balanced narrative"show more

Back cover copy

I know this place... Why does Saskia feel so disturbed when she goes to spend a few weeks with her eeclusive great-aunt Alessandra up on the Schottish coast? Why does she feel such a sense of menace around Alessandra's house when she has never been there before? Just as the sea may give up its bounty, will Alessandra reveal the secrets - and tragedies - of their family's past? Somehow Saskia knows that she must understand more if she is to find the direction she needs for her future. For only then can she break the cycle, find the courage to stand up for what she wants - and be free... 'Themes of loss and forgiveness are at the heart of this haunting tale of self-discovery...truly memorable.' The Bookseller. 'Delicately balances narrative'. Scottish Sunday Herald. 'A sensitive, finely structures novel'. Books for Keeps.show more

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63 ratings
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4 30% (19)
3 52% (33)
2 11% (7)
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