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The Night Ship

By Jess Kidd
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Publisher Description

Based on a true story, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island.

1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Mayken is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Mayken spends the long journey going on misadventures above and below the deck, searching for a mythical monster. But the true monsters might be closer than she thinks.

1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once resided. There, on the tiny reef-shrouded island, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck…

With her trademark “thrilling, mysterious, twisted, but more than anything, beautifully written” (Graham Norton, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling, Jess Kidd weaves “a true work of magic” (V.E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue) about friendship, sacrifice, brutality, and forgiveness.

24 Reviews

Thinking Face“The Night Ship left me with a lot of questions and few answers. I enjoyed the suspenseful plot and liked that the way that the author chose to tell two stories rather than one, but there was not much connection between Mayken and Gil other than some parallel experiences. I wish that the connection had been more clearly fleshed out because the summary insinuated a stronger connection.”
Multi-layered charactersSuspensefulHaunting
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Reviewed in:B&N 2023 Challenge
Diverse charactersHeroic figuresLikable charactersOriginal characters
Anxious Face with sweat
Reviewed in:B&N 2023 Challenge
Believable charactersColorful personalitiesLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersOriginal charactersBeautifully writtenAction-packedHeartbreakingSuspensefulHeartbreaking
“2.5 stars”

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