Novella for young readers.
The Middle Passage by Julia Golding
Set in the summer of 1792, our adventurer, Cat Royal, is sailing home from the Caribbeanin the company of Billy Shepherd. They stumble into a mystery in the Azores involving stargazers, thieves and far too many wasps. A short novel by the prize winning author of The Diamond of Drury Lane series – perfect for girls aged 9 and above.
This is an entertaining novella, or really a short story which is free to download from Amazon. It is one of a series of eleven or more adventures but stands alone as a complete story. It is fast paced and the characters are interesting and amusing and the language is appropriate for the time in which it takes place. This would best suit a young female readers who I think would love to relate to Cat’s adventurous spirit and quick mind.
Unfortunately the story is full of dashes (e.g-) in almost every sentence, I presume used for emphasis in lieu of proper punctuation. This was very annoying for me to read as I happen to think that grammar is really important to make a story comfortably readable. However for those who don’t mind this style it is a good story for younger readers.