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As the Scout sails from England, Kit Lovell cries for the life she is leaving and the life she could have had. Her father was a sea captain who went down with his ship before she was born. Now her mother is to marry a stranger, a lighthouse keeper in the remote colony of South Australia.

But it soon becomes clear to Kit that this voyage across the world's vast oceans is set...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published August 30th 2010 by Penguin Australia (first published August 25th 2010)
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3. 5 stars

Scout is set in the 1800's and apart from a brief stop-over (about a third into the novel) at Rio De Janeiro, the events in the novel take place entirely at sea.

The descriptions are really vivid - the waves and sea-sickness, the decks and cramped quarters and the gentry living amongst the sailors - it was all painted so wonderfully.

The voice is distinctly from that era - a little bit formal, with this underlying quiet, amused humour in parts and it was easy to imagine the accompanying...more
Fifteen year old Kit Lovell leaves her revolting relatives in England and travels with her mother to Australia. Mrs Lovell has agreed to marry a man she has never met - a Scottish lighthouse keeper who lives off the coast of South Australia. The Lovell's travel on the Scout, a small, sturdy ship, along with an cross-section of English society, using money that Mr McKenzie has sent from Australia. It is within this claustrophobic and confined situation that Kit begins to understand more about her...more
3.5 stars. Another book I grabbed at the library (it was on display for winning a book award). Loved the author's writing style. Wish I knew what became of Kit and Angel...
Excellent writing, characters you care about with great dialogue.
Pam Saunders
Did my distant relatives really journey from the UK in ships like this? I am glad they did but at times the reality this story created was almost too much for my imagination. I hope they were like Kit and Clarissa not Miss Annabel and the Captain.
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Intense, interesting and a little sad, really.
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