Friday, September 18, 2015

A swashbuckling adventure story

The Bold Ship Phenomenal by Sarah Johnson (Flat Bed Press)

Malachi's life has been boring ever since his mother died. His father just wants to stay home and do chores. Until Malachi discovers a ship in a bottle on the beach and realises it is mirroring his life. When Malachi prepares for an adventure, the sailors in the pirate ship load supplies for their journey. He sees a stoway being discovered on the ship at the same time he is hiding in a truck going up north. When Malachi battles real life pirates so do the sailors. Will he survive the battle and save the endangered species? Or will his adventure and the ship's journey both end badly?

An enjoyable adventure story for 8-12 year old boys (and girls will enjoy it too) about a boy who discovers he has his mother's adventurous spirit and wishes to keep her memory alive even if it means going against his father's wishes. It is also about standing up to bullies, and has an environmental message.

Sarah Johnson won the Joy Cowley award with her book 'Wooden Arms' in 2012. Her junior fiction book 'Ella and Ob' was shortlisted for the Tom Fitzgibbon and published by Scholastic in 2008. 'The Bold Ship Phenomenal' was shortlisted for the inaugural 2013 Kobo/NZ Authors E-publishing Prize. Sarah writes full-time from her Raglan property.

ISBN 978-0-473-31314-2
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