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Ragboy, Rats and the Surging Sea
by Alan Temperley 356/225 first published 1998
Adventure for ages 8 to 12 published by Scholastic Children’s Books
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £3.99, Availability: This title is currently on order. We are usually able to dispatch it within 3-5 weeks.
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
9/10 Very good. I am pleased with this.
What's it about?
When Silas rescues an injured mermaid, he begins an adventure full of heroes, villains and stinking sewers full of rats and other nasty things.
What happens?
Silas collects rags and bones to earn a living and look after his sick grandfather. Tormented by the wicked bullies, Jasper Dredge and his son Albert, Silas leads a harsh life in which there is little comfort or happiness. One day he finds a mermaid half dead on the beach and offers to help her recover. Back at his grandfather's rag and bone yard, Silas listens to the wonderful stories Ooli tells whilst she recovers. But danger lurks nearby, and when Ooli is kidnapped Silas puts his own life in danger to save his new friend.
Is it easy to read?
I'd suggest this to any reader who likes to try something a bit different.
Anything else?
I really love this story. It is rich in description and detail and the action leaps from the pages. The baddies are really nasty and the heroes don't always win. Highly recommended.
Other books by Alan Temperley include Harry and the Wrinklies.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
Silas is a boy who makes his living by scavenging in the city and beachcombing by the sea. One morning he finds a mermaid lying injured on the beach. Silas offers the mermaid shelter and protection, but there are ruthless villains at large who know that a mermaid could bring them great fortunes.
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