The Skipper's Child

The Skipper's Child

by Valerie Poore


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This is a story of love and family loyalty set in the Cold War tensions of 1962. Arie Kornet is a skipper's son and is home on board his father's barge from his boarding school. It is the Christmas holidays and he is already bored, but life is about to take some unnerving twists for Arie when he finds a Russian stowaway hiding his cabin. Suddenly he and his family become involved on a cat and mouse adventure with some very dubious people and Arie's family have to draw on their strength and unity to overcome some very real threats.

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ISBN-13: 9781326792121
Publication date: 02/22/2019
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.50(d)

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The Skipper's Child 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
High Adventure on the Waterways! I did not want this book to end! When I reached the end, I felt like, “Aw.” This suspenseful tale, The Skipper’s Child, will touch the heartstrings. The Kornet family finds a stowaway on their houseboat as they travel to sell their wares during the Christmas holidays. The son, Arie, befriends the young man and hides him before sharing the truth about his presence with his father and the rest of the family The young man, Dmitri, has fallen in with a dangerous group and is being hunted by the authorities. This puts the entire family in jeopardy but they bind together to do what they feel is morally right. They want to get the boy across the French border. They are suspected of harboring the Russian boy and their boat is searched more than once. Will the Kornet family get caught? Will Dimitri survive? Will Arie’s younger sister get over her crush on Dmitri who saved her life twice? There are so many uncertainties as this dramatic story unfolds. I sat on the edge of my seat as I continually scrolled forward to see how things would turn out. Val Poore has done it again. She is a great storyteller on so many fronts. If you want high adventure on the waterways, simply pick up The Skipper’s Child!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being interested in the history of European and English canals, I loved this book. It taught me a lot about a barge family's life and the story was exciting as well as moving.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Skipper's Child is one of two Valerie Poore books that aren't about her actual life, although this one is based on a story from a friend's youth. It is light reading, well paced. Probably suitable for any age group.