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A Ship of Pearl

4.57  ·  Rating details ·  21 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A 1933 bank failure piles calamity on top of disaster. Separated from his family, 12 year-old Eldie Craine is up to his eyeballs in unfamiliar territory: Someone else's clothes, different faiths, a new school, and new rules. And now there's Cecilea. ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 19th 2016 by Black Tortoise Press
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Cathie Weir
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With Adela's writing, you are immediately transported to the time of the depression and the Craine family's world. She paints a literary picture that is unforgettable. The laughs, the tears, the mischief, the heart ache. I'm hoping there's a sequel so I can find out how this family fared. ...more
Kristen Tsetsi
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wonderful thing about hearing a story from a child's perspective is that children have limited awareness of adult troubles. In A Ship of Pearl, Eldie, 12, exists in a time when money is scarce, a house fire has taken his family's home and forced his siblings and parents to board separately with others, and his new living situation means attending a new (and inferior, in Eldie's opinion) school with a new (much less pleasant) teacher. But because Eldie is a child, we as readers escape the pre ...more
Michele Popadich
Told from the perspective of twelve-year-old Eldie, "A Ship of Pearl" is a heartwarming, insightful, and hopeful coming of age story. It's a story about memory; an artful demonstration of the magic of a child's perspective. We follow young Eldie as he adjusts to a new life after his family home is burnt down, forcing them to separate and live with different families, presenting new opportunities and challenges. Adela has a magical way of crafting a young character who is both extremely self-awar ...more
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Masterful Coming of Age Tale

This novel is one of the most hopeful and well written pieces I have read in a long time. Just like the central theme of the poem about the Chambered Nautilus, the novel unfolds one memory at a time, with each piece of the perspective creating the whole. As the teller of the tale, Eldie, embarks on his journey of recollection, the novel almost reads as a connection of vignettes and character studies. However, as the story continues, it maps out a beautiful message a
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautifully written story about living through the Great Depression from the eyes of a twelve year old boy. Despite the many challenges and obstacles that this family faces, the main character Eldie continues to have faith and confidence in the future and a deep love for his family. I really enjoyed this book and I found the characters incredibly likable.
Sep 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Adela Crandall Durkee is a storyteller and her novel A Ship of Pearl is a wonderful addition to my ever growing library of "Books I Want to Re-Read". A book that begs to be read again is one that stays on my bookshelf or, in this case, on my Kindle forever. No clearing it out because it is so well written and so engaging that it begs to be read more than once.

I was thrilled to be able to set aside time to read A Ship of Pearl during some travel time and found myself happy to have a slight flight
Doreen McGettigan
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with Adela’s storytelling before I finished the first chapter. Ship of Pearl is so well written. I will probably read it again and again.
My favorite time periods to read are the 1910’s through the 1940’s and this novel is set in the 1930’s. Life was anything but easy during that decade and I am fascinated with any story, fiction or non-fiction that gives me a glimpse into the lives of the children and adults that found a way to scrap by until times got better.
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