Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12

The Pearl In The Ice

Author: Cathryn Constable

Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch.


Age Rating: for children aged 8 to 12.

Marina’s father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life – certainly since her mother died – and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she’s never known. When sent to boarding school to learn to be a lady, Marina decides instead to stow away on her father’s ship. A perilous voyage awaits – but where are they sailing to and why, and what has it to do with the dark shape in the deep that seems to be following them?

An adventure/ mystery story set on the seas in an alternative 1912 where World War One threatens. However this is not a war story and the First World War is only background noise to the mystery of Marina’s missing mother. The plot is suspenseful and fast paced with a fairytale ambiance. Children who enjoy historical adventure stories may like to try this book.

Available to borrow as an ebook on Bolinda Borrowbox

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