Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar

The Ship of Shadows, beautifully crafted by Maria Kuzniar, is a book to be read slowly. Savour the intricate descriptions that cause the Spanish and Moroccan settings to leap of the page and into your imagination.

Aleja is a girl hungry for adventure. Inspired by stories of explorers and pirates, she longs for a life beyond her simple world in Old Sevilla. She dreams of being a famous explorer and travelling through the largest ports in the world. Books take her to exciting new places and teach her the languages that become her ticket to a journey she never expected. These books are her escape and feed her dreams. Aleja is different from other children – from other girls – but in books she finds there are more like her – women who grab hold of life with both hands and create their own destinies.

One day, a strange ship arrives in the harbour. The smell of gunpowder, mysterious whispers and an unusual book lead Aleja into a new life crafted with the fabric of legends. She is forced to use her courage, intelligence and strength to meet challenges she never knew existed and push herself beyond what she thought possible. Will she be able to solve the mystery of the book and complete the mission set before her? Will she ever see her family again or has her life changed forever? Aleja’s life is full of questions. Does she dare ask them? What will the answers mean for her future?

The Ship of Shadows is a fantastic new middle grade novel for 8 to 12 year-olds. Full of female pirates, exploration, magic and friendship, it is the perfect book for anyone who wants to be whisked away on an adventure.

Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Random House for this beautiful book which is due to be published in July 2020!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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