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Julia Jones
Golden Duck (UK) Ltd (June 1, 2011)
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Showing 30 distinct works. The Salt-Stained Book (Strong Winds, by. Julia Jones, Claudia Myatt (Illustrator).

The Salt-Stained Book book. The author, Julia Jones, sails Arthur Ransome's boat Peter Duck and she knows a lot about sailing and Ransome's books.

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Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1954. When she was 3 years old, her father George Jones bought the wooden sailing ketch Peter Duck, a yacht originally commissioned and owned by children's novelist Arthur Ransome and named for a character in one of his novels.

The Strong Winds series is a series of children's books written by English author Julia Jones. The books use adventure stories about sailing to provide action and structure amid developing themes of foster care, mental illness, disability and corrupt officialdom.

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· -. The Salt-Stained Book is the first book in Julia Jones's Strong Winds trilogy of children's books, and was published in June 2011. It is illustrterd by Claudia Myatt. The book is dedicated to Bertie, which is the name of one of the writer's sons. Donny Walker (actual name John Walker).

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A young Julia Jones on board Peter Duck

A young Julia Jones on board Peter Duck. Better drowned than duffers, is the kind of answer few contemporary parents would dream of giving their children if they wished to avoid prosecution by the social services. How timely then that this month along comes Julia Jones’s debut, The Salt-Stained Book, which is so inspired by Ransome it almost brings with it a whiff.

Salt-Stained Book
  • A great story for both young adults and adults. The characters are wonderfully drawn and grab the reader's attention - a hero who wins your heart, menacing villains that make you furious and scared and a supporting cast of richly sketched adults and young adults. The plot is exciting and clever. I brought the other two books in the trilogy before I was half way through. It pays homage to the classic Swallows and Amazons series by Arthur Ransome but you don't need to have to be familiar with these books to enjoy The Salt-Stained Book. I have just finished the second book, The Ravelled Flag, which is even more engaging and gripping than the Salt-Stained Book.

  • What a terrific adventure! A perfect blend of modern day and nostalgia with wonderfully drawn characters and a thrilling plot. Fans of Swallows and Amazons will relish this work by acclaimed author Julia Jones, but a knowledge of sailing is not necessary to enjoy every moment of this gripping tale. Three million cheers for The Salt-Stained Book!

  • I enjoyed this book a lot. Technically a book for young adolescents, but just as enjoyable for adults. Anyone who enjoys sailing or is familiar with the Norfolk Broads in England will particularly enjoy it! A modern pirates yarn with heroes and villains galore. I was completely caught up in the story and the lives of the characters. A well written book.

  • You can call me elderly - This is perhaps a kids read. Enjoyed it anyway.
    The only requirements are imagination and a love of the sea..

    The writer has both in spades.

  • The references to 'Swallows and Amazons' and 'Treasure Island', as well as the fact that the protagonist, Donny, is a 13 year old boy, mark this as a book for children but its appeal is much wider. In fact, it will delight any reader who enjoys a good story, well told, a cast of characters with energy (and sometimes malice), and a central plotline that keeps you turning the pages. If, on top of that, you like sailing, this is one you mustn't miss.

    It has the feel of a Ransome adventure but goes further than that. Some of the children are troubled by very modern dilemmas which are hinted at with compassion and concern, and the adults who oversee their `welfare' are conveyed with tongue-in-cheek awareness and a subtle humour. Their foster mother, for example, is the reverent Wendy whose tendency is to stand `beside the table being Understanding' and her husband talks to their charges as if he were reading from a social work pamphlet. `Why don't you go and make some social contact with Luke and Liam?' he says at one point. Then, later, his suggestion is `You could spend quality time with Luke'.

    The social worker herself is even worse. She tells Donny, `Research confirms that your unsupported background will have left you seriously deficient in social integration skills', and she introduces herself by `flashing an official identity card and a synthetic smile' and giving her title as `multi-authority leader worker, S. L. A. G., School Liaison and Guidance'. (In case you didn't know, the term `slag' is a derogatory term applied - usually by men - to women.) She wears a frilly blouse, short leather skirt and pointy shoes which have `criss-cross thongs that went right up to her knees. After that there was so much bare leg that Donny had to look away'.

    Asides such as this are carefully crafted and scattered through the narrative. The moods and changes of rivers, lakes and the sea envelop the whole adventure and even the boats used by the characters have their own identities and personalities. It's a richly textured story where nothing's wasted.

  • First I must out myself as a Swallows and Amazons fan of long standing (or long sailing) and I've also sailed myself. My children loved the books too and we went to see their locations and stood at the Peak of Darien. So I was excited to discover this series. Julia Jones has achieved a wonderful blend of the pre-war S&A world and ours, not only creating a splendid story in its own right, but perhaps introducing contemporary children to Ransome's books. In the past, child characters in fiction were free to adventure without parents through the agency of boarding schools, and also the greater physical freedom allowed to children in those harder but in some ways more innocent times. Nowadays, adoring helicopter parents would be getting in the way of adventures and independence, and writers like Jaqueline Wilson have created characters with various problems which ensure absent parents at least part of the time: the care system etc: simultaneously extending the range of characters from the mostly affluent middle class of past fiction to a more diverse demographic. Jones has used both methods in one book, creating at the same time many sub-plots and characters with their own journeys and dangers, resulting in some very moving and involving situations and friendships. The writing is top-notch, and the story full of action, with references to Ransome's gang cleverly woven in. As the story goes on, we are tantalised by the search for the protagonist Donny's 'Great- Aunt', but she's a pirate - not like the 'GA' in Swallows and Amazons who is the ultimate buzz-kill. I want to know more about her! The book has a satisfying end but with questions unanswered, and exciting possibilities for the later books in this excellent series. The whole book has the clean, weathered, salt-dried feel of a beach hut, the simple and rather retro cover, the title, the lovely illustrations by Claudia Myatt.