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The setting is Whitby in the mid 1700s...Maggie Nightingale spends her evenings singing in her father's tavern, the Anchor Inn, on the rugged east Yorkshire coastline. The inn is a haunt for local ruffians, thieves and smugglers, and Maggie overhears many a dark plan hatched over ale at night. She never imagined that such plans could threaten her very existence, and see he ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 19th 2006 by Hachette Children's
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May 30, 2012 Sally rated it it was ok
I grabbed this a few weeks ago at the City Library sale. It's a quick read that I zoomed through today in about an hour, but not a particularly engaging one. I found it very slow to start and while the action definitely picked up as the story went along - getting onto the boat to America gave it a major kick - I was just never really all that invested in it. A shame because it sounds interesting, but overall I found it a bit too bland.
Jan 01, 2014 Tara Calaby rated it it was ok
I liked this more than I was expecting to, but it still failed to entirely capture my imagination. I think the big problem was that it didn't establish the character well enough in the beginning for me to care much about her fate until the later half of the book. I also found it a bit too melodramatic, but I realise that fault for me would probably make it more enjoyable for the age demographic it's aimed at.