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The Gift Boat

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  34 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Grandad is the most important person in Gavin's life. The two understand each other perfectly. Grandad teaches Gavin to fish in Stonehaven harbour, and is making him a beautiful model boat for his birthday. Gavin names her "Selkie," after the mythical seal-people, who will help you if you're in trouble. When Grandad is suddenly struck down by a massive stroke, Gavin is dev ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published 2004 by Macmillan Children's Books
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Robin Hansen
Apr 05, 2016 Robin Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my search for stories about selkies, the seals who can take off their seal skins and become human for a time, I came across several young adult titles, including Peter Dickinson’s Inside Grandad, written at a time when Dickinson was surely of an age to be a grandad himself.

In this lovely book, Scottish 10-year-old Gavin learns about selkies when he and his grandad spot a seal in the harbor. Gavin spends after-school time in Grandad’s shop, helping to build a wonderfully detailed model trawle
About a boy who witnesses his grandfather's stroke, then tries to communicate with his comatose body in the hospital. Not particularly gripping and the selkie inclusion felt more contrived than real. Still, the description of a stroke and recovery for both the patient and his family was quite detailed. I'd recommend this to any child/young adult between 10 & 16 with a loved one in the hospital for long-term care.
Apr 21, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I picked this up and didn't put it down until I finished it. I loved Gavin, who is the main character, and found it touching the way he did everything he could think of to reconnect with his grandfather after his stroke. Add a little bit of magic, and this became the perfect cold and rainy spring day read.
Sarah Johnston
Jan 11, 2016 Sarah Johnston rated it liked it
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The target audience for this book is young teen readers. It is a touching story of the bond between a boy and his grandfather. I am not sure that today's teens would find it an engaging book but nevertheless it is a moving story about faith and belief.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Odd story of a boy trying to communicate with his grandfather, who has had a stroke, with the help of the selkies.
Linda Ahmad
Oct 31, 2015 Linda Ahmad rated it it was ok
bad book and boring
Shonna Froebel
Jul 26, 2013 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
10-year-old boy is with grandfather when he has stroke. Helps with physio in hospital. Grandfather in coma. Selkie boat and seals make boy think he connects with grandfather.
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Peter Malcolm de Brissac Dickinson OBE FRSL (born 16 December 1927) was a prolific English author and poet, best known for children's books and detective stories.

Peter Dickinson lived in Hampshire with his second wife, author Robin McKinley. He wrote more than fifty novels for adults and young readers. He won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award twice, and his novel The Blue
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