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Ghost Messages by Jacqueline Guest
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Oct 28, 11

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Read in October, 2011

I read this as a reviewer for a university book review board and it took me a very long time to get through this short novel. The story has moments of excitement, but it never quite gets off the ground. The author has done extensive research in to the history of the first attempt to lay the a telegraph cable from Ireland to Canada. The ship's details are very intricate from discussing the double hull, to detailing how wide the cable is, the different ways that the ship could propel itself across the ocean, etc. So much detail, in fact, that to someone who is looking for an adventurous story of a stowaway on a ship (the fictionalized "story" portion of this novel), this is a bit of a disappointment. This could be an interesting read for older children who are interested in ships and sailing, but I think it could lose a lot of readers due to the slow nature of the plot.
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