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Having recently read and reviewed another of Helen Laycock's books, "Mandrake's Plot," I can once again assert that this is another gem amidst the many children's books. Children up to the age of 12 or perhaps slightly older will indeed enjoy this adventurous tale.
Salt guesthouse was situated in Pirates' Cove. Even the name of the place is suggestive of an adventure about to unfold. The author is very precise in setting the scene and providing rich descriptions of places and people - not overdone at all -just enough to enable the reader to visualise. The characters are very believable and realistic as is the dialogue. Vivid imagery and nicely flowing prose add to the strengths of the narrative.
The plot is well thought out and as the adventure begins, the story unfolds, coming to a swift resolution by the end. It is exciting and once again I am reminded of the work of Enid Blyton. Helen Laycock's books are most definitely recommended for the younger readers who I am certain will find them most enjoyable.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Read 22 Oct 2012
By Dee Dee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
Salt is not what I expected, but it was so wonderfully well written that the characters truly came alive. It was an interesting adventure with many twists and turns. As with Glass Dreams, Ms. Laycock ties everything up in the end. Toby escapes his annoying brother when he goes on holiday with his Great Aunt Winifred. He is left to explore the seaside town on his own after Aunt Win suffers a sprained ankle. Toby makes fast friends with Hattie and unravels a mystery at Pirate's Cove. What could be better than reclaiming a man from the dead, cursed booty and outwitting many a menacing foe? For an enchanting read ~ check out Salt from your Kindle Library.
Children's Tale of a Boy, a Girl, and Secret Treasure 24 Jun 2012
A quiet vacation turns chaotic when Toby goes to the seaside with his aging great-aunt. Helen Laycock has woven a whimsical tale of young heroes, old villains, secret tunnels, not-so-secret smugglers, pet rats, and a younger brother who makes "kissing noises" as Toby reads a letter from a girl. The narrative flows well and the focus on the main characters keeps the storyline easy to follow. Younger readers may enjoy the challenges the vocabulary sometimes presents.