- File Size: 889 KB
- Print Length: 246 pages
- Publisher: Elizabeth Jasper; 1 edition (January 12, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 12, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005UBZOPA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,847,644 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Meggie Blackthorn (Meggie Blackthorn Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Meggie Blackthorn is exceptionally well written with strong characters throughout and not a word is wasted as Elizabeth Jasper shows us Meggie’s world through the eyes of the child. A really heartwarming feel-good story.
And even Radio Lux was given an airing…what more could you want?
I haven't felt like rooting this hard for a character in quite some time. Meggie is relate-able, admirable, indomitable, and charming in equal measure--and her story is a must read. I do hope Ms. Jasper isn't done with her yet, because I'd like to see far more about this fascinating young lady
Meggie lives through many adventures over the following months. Her whole life changes when she has to move to her grandparents’ house in the town so that she can attend the grammar school. She makes new friends and new enemies - the revolting Fish family - Billy and his vile mother, known as ‘the Codmother’, who works in Meggie’s grandfather’s shop. And she meets a rather special boy. . .
I was enthralled by this book. For me, also born just after the Second World War and growing up in the North of England, it was a real nostalgia trip. (I was, in fact, born the same year as Meggie, who was eleven when Elvis Presley’s ‘Stuck on You’ was released.)
The music, the food, the prevailing culture are all those of my own childhood and Ms Jasper captures it beautifully.
She is an accomplished writer with a superb command of the English language. And she is accurate. Not once when reading this did I stop and lose concentration because of some irritating grammatical error or typo – something that spoils so many books for me.
Well done, Elizabeth. I am really looking forward to reading the sequel.
'Meggie Blackthorn' is a beautifully-written book with meticulous attention paid to period detail. The story is a rites of passage for an eleven year-old girl from a Northumbrian pit village, called Shippon, plucked from the bosom of her family to live with her grandparents because she passes the exam to go to the High School in Newcastle and her family cannot afford to send her on the bus. Here she makes friends with Dave, Ollie and the aforementioned Suzie, but also runs foul of the brutal Billy Fish and his loathsome mother, known as 'The Codmother' because of her habit of opening and closing her mouth like a fish.
The whole story is told through Meggie's eyes exactly as a girl of her age would tell it. A young girl alone in the big city soon finds those who will help and support her - but also those who would destroy her and those she loves. Her life changes - and in more ways than she could ever have dreamed possible.
Elizabeth Jasper obviously takes enormous pains with her work and as is evident in this book. I hope to see more of Meggie's life story in the future. There are certainly enough threads remaining for a sequel in due course.