Shire Summer by Noelle JackShire Summer by Noelle Jack

Shire Summer

byNoelle Jack

Paperback | November 17, 2015

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World War II is over, her father is home safe and Annie McLeod's parents are building a new life. But it's not quite the life this 12 year- old wants. Most of their beautiful house on the Scotland's Fife coast is filled with paying summer guests and Annie has just had to move schools again. But when the polio epidemic strikes and Annie is asked to share her tiny attic room with her six-year-old cousin, Moira, it is almost too much to bear.

In an effort to ease her frustrations Annie sneaks into her father's workshop to build a toy for Moira and accidentally breaks one of his treasured model boats. However, her secret repairs to the damaged William Morr prove so skilful that she comes to believe the boat has magical powers, not only for her, but for Moira too. To test her theory she lends the boat to her pal Hamish, who, in one horrible moment, loses it to the sea. Then news follows that Moira is ill.

Knowing her parents would never agree to her death-defying schemes to recover the William Morr, Annie concocts a complicated plan of deception, and once caught in the tide of her own scheming, there is no turning back. The journey is hair-raising, her discoveries astounding and the course of her life is altered in ways she would never have dreamed possible.

"Shire Summer is a compelling read, whether the reader is a young adult, or an adult who remembers what it means to be young."
--Matthew Bin, former National Chair, Canadian Authors Association

Title:Shire SummerFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.55 inPublished:November 17, 2015Publisher:Archway PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1480822752

ISBN - 13:9781480822757

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for Me! Please don't buy this book. Very slow, dragged on and I was so disappointed that I spent the money I did on this book. I tried to get through it but just couldn't...
Date published: 2018-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic in the Making Noelle Jack’s first novel may well become a classic. This is a gripping story that will captivate both adolescents and adults. It is the story of a 12 year old girl, Annie, who lives on the Fife coast of Scotland. Her adventures with a model boat lead her into dangerous troubles that have unexpected consequences. It is a compelling story from the start and is difficult to leave as the author holds the suspense of the moment throughout. Although the setting is very different, it is reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables. I cannot wait to give this book to my teenage granddaughters. Noelle Jack is a gifted, marvelous storyteller.
Date published: 2016-05-15