The Skipper's Child

The Skipper's Child

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Arie Kornet hates school holidays on his family's barge, the Rival, which is home to Arie, his two sisters, his father, and his deaf mother. But because his father is a commercial skipper, all they do is travel from one place to another on the Dutch and other European canals and waterways - the binnenvaart. Arie is intensely frustrated with it all. It seems there is nothing for him to do, and no escape. That is, until an unexpected brush with Russian secret agents, international plots, and a startling stow-away bring him far more excitement than his dreams had ever bargained for! Suddenly his own life, and those of his entire beloved family, could be in danger. Arie has difficult choices to make, and even more difficult actions to take. "A rollicking, unputdownable story. Beautiful." - Koos Fernhout, Netherlands, whose childhood as a skipper's son inspired this book "I love how you managed to squeeze every ounce of drama from this story. Well done!" - Anne Marie Klein, author, Canadashow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 130 x 202 x 18mm | 281.23g
  • Sunpenny Publishing
  • Sunberry Books
  • Stoke on Trent, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1907984119
  • 9781907984112
  • 1,099,217

Rating details

23 ratings
4.6 out of 5 stars
5 70% (16)
4 26% (6)
3 0% (0)
2 4% (1)
1 0% (0)

Our customer reviews

String wrote "The Skipper's Child is a perfect story for older children, a suspenseful, adventurous, window to a life that many are unaware of, that of barge people in the Netherlands. I thoroughly enjoyed this story; I didn't want it to end; joining twelve year old Arie and his family in a great realm of exploration and mystery in a country with a lifestyle about which I can only guess. The descriptive writing is lovely, a phrase - "It started to snow again, big fluffy flakes that settled lightly on the hatches like parachutes drifting to earth". The author writes of children in a believable way - "Arie pursed his lips, silently enduring the indignity. He felt like a hedgehog after his father's show of affection." and one feels the scenes unfurl, joining Arie and his family on the barge, in the adventure. There is a good relationship between the author and the characters; the tale unfolds from a child's perspective in some places and perfectly so. I feel this book is a great book for children to learn about the lives of other children in foreign countries, although at the same time, fully enjoyed reading the author's heartfelt writing, as it carries on at a good pace, and many chapters leave one at a bit of a cliff-hanger, thus the desire to continue is strong. It is easy to develop a love for the characters and a longing to reach a happy ending. I will happily share this book with grandchildren and friends children once they reach the right age!"show more
by Valerie Poore
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