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School Ship Tobermory Hardcover – October 11, 2016
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"Quirky fun."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"An accessible, unpretentious story full of timeless values and goodness."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
IAIN MCINTOSH’s illustrations have won awards in the worlds of advertising, design, and publishing. He has illustrated many of Alexander McCall Smith’s books.
- Publisher : Delacorte Books for Young Readers; Illustrated edition (October 11, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399552618
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399552618
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 710L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 12 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.81 x 0.88 x 8.56 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #607,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I don't know why this is described as a story about siblings, since the sister has so few appearances and lines I was tempted to start a 'Fee drinking game.' It's another 'clueless white boy does good' product, and I wish my white male son wasn't so enthralled with it. His demographic really needs more examples of strong people of color making a difference. This just reinforces the stereotypes that have brought a lot of pain to the world.
Quality is not a strong point for this book. Character development is weak with one-dimensional characters who are dead boring; the good kids are good, the bad kids are bad, and the adults don't have personalities. It is also full of plot holes. For example, the book is set in modern times, as evidenced by the fact that the students have cell phones, but the ship relies on signaling flags for communication as though radios somehow hadn't been invented. Also, they have a sailing chase through the night, watching the other vessel with spy glasses. Why they didn't radio the coast guard, start up their engine, or at least observe the other ship with radar or binoculars, isn't clear. The author sprinkles in some nautical vocabulary but doesn't seem to have much of a clue about sailboats otherwise, making the Tobermory a mix of modern cruise ship (three decks with long hallways and spacious cabins) and old-time pirate ship (a crow's nest, 8-bells system for keeping time, spyglasses, sleeping in hammocks, creaking wooden beams). I cringed when I read about one of the protagonists up in the rigging walking on top of a spar; in reality, a person in the rigging walks on a footrope that hangs under the yard. Likewise, the book's description of gimballed tables sound like picnic tables that hang from the ceiling, which isn't correct and wouldn't work. Most other descriptions of the ship, and life aboard a ship, are equally incorrect. There actually are several modern sailing school vessels (some of which I've sailed on), so it would have been nice if the author had taken the time to learn a little about them.
I read this book with my children and we all enjoyed it! Ben and Fee were easy characters to like. I'm not familiar with sailing at all so I enjoyed learning about life on a ship along with them. There were a couple of mysteries to solve and we had fun sharing our theories with each other before we learned what was really going on.
I also loved the illustrations! They added to the story as they brought some of the scenes to life. This is a great start to a fun middle-grade series and we're looking forward to reading more!
I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way