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The Bold Ship Phenomenal

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Bold Ship Phenomenal is a story in two parts, running parallel to each other. Malachi is an 11 year old boy who is struggling with life. His mum has recently passed away, his dad is coping by disappearing into a shell, and he has been asked to complete a science project by the dreaded Mrs Green.

While he is walking along the beach - his favourite place to think - he fin
Paperback, 239 pages
Published 2015 by Flat Bed Press
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Tui Allen
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rollicking but Meaningful Kiwi Novel for Kids
This is a rollicking good yarn on one level but so much more than that. It has something important to say to its audience, beyond the adventure itself.
I found it un-put-down-able and read until almost midnight to finish. I'm an adult, so not even part of the target audience.
The beginning was irresistibly captivating. The romance of a ship in a bottle especially one found as flotsam (or was it jetsam perhaps? Had some power SENT that bottle to Malachi?
Kathleen Dixon
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kathleen by: the Bookshop
I'm a typical Aucklander (Auckland = the largest city in New Zealand - we all think nothing much exists south of the Bombays (that's a small range of hills really just past the outer edges of Auckland's outskirts) and are always pleasantly surprised to discover that plenty goes on elsewhere), and I assumed this book was initially set here in Auckland. So I got a surprise when the truck was heading north and was only at Cambridge (south of Auckland). Well really (!), there was no reason for me to ...more
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
Interesting book, however not very interesting or appealing to me, wouldn't read it again ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My children and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The parallel adventure stories are very clever.
Oct 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
this book is interesting its about a young boy who is struggling in life
Catherine Mayo
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a really lovely book which, like its hero, Malachi, has been on a long, brave journey and has finally reached home port. Written and visually designed for children aged seven to ten, it tells the story of Malachi, a Kiwi kid growing up on a coast surely not so different from the author’s own home town of Raglan.

Malachi’s mother has died, leaving Malachi and his father emotionally lost and struggling to make sense of the grey and dismal world her departure has plunged them into. Grief can
Aug 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for 9-13 year olds about a young lad, Malachi, whose mother has died, his dad is too sad to do anything and school is boring especially science.
One day he finds a ship in a bottle washed up on the beach. The pirate ships in the bottle spark a thirst for adventure and Malachi decides to join an environmental protest in Northland. His adventures include a pig, native bird traffickers and thieves. I would highly recommend this for reluctant readers.
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nz-writers-quiz
An excellent mixture of adventure and fantasy. A great read aloud for senior primary students
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good children's book ...more
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Great read for middle school readers. Lots of excitement and intrigue. Proper review to follow.
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I live with my family at Whaingaroa Raglan on the wild west coast of New Zealand. When I'm not writing books, I'm...writing (I work as a freelance writer) and walking the tideline of our beautiful harbour. I find it's the best place for discovering stories; like sea-borne treasures, they wash up at my feet. ...more

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