Monday, March 10, 2014

Top ten books set on the ocean

Janis MacKay won the Scottish children's book award's younger readers' prize with her novel The Accidental Time Traveller. She named her top ten books set on the ocean for the Guardian, including:
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

I love this book and the wonderfully depicted characters. There are sea adventures galore here. I have many strong images from this book; a young boy in ragged sailor's clothes who turns up at the front door and – though half starved – dances a sailor's hornpipe for the bemused David Balfour, is one.
Read about the other entries on the list.

Kidnapped also appears among Joshua Glenn's top 32 adventure novels of the 19th century, Charlie Fletcher's top ten swashbuckling tales of derring-do, M. C. Beaton's five best cozy mysteries and on John Mullan's lists of ten of the best wicked uncles in literature, ten of the best misers in literature, ten of the best shipwrecks, and ten of the best towers in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue