Meggie Blackthorn

Rated 4.25/5 based on 4 reviews
Suitable for all ages. Early 1960s. When eleven-year-old Meggie's feckless Dad doesn't pay the coal man and they have no hot water, she decides to take matters into her own hands. With her younger brother, Jack, she sets off to find the free coal she knows can be found in the pit heaps opposite their village. When she and Jack return home from their adventure, she's in big trouble More

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Words: 66,520
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466156838
About Elizabeth Jasper

i write general fiction with a twist - my first book, Lying in Wait has a strong thriller element and my second, Meggie Blackthorn, is a nostalgic trip back to the sixties in Newcastle, UK. My third novel, A Bed of Knives, is contemporary romance with an edge. Next is The Golden Cuckoo, a magical adventure story for children 9 - 12. Next comes Meggie Blue, a sequel to Meggie Blackthorn. A third book in the 'Meggie' Series is Jack the Lad, to be published in 2014.

I lead a very quiet life in a very quiet place - if you don't count the goats that rampage past the house several times a day eating any vegetation within reach (so no hanging baskets or tasty plants around the door), mules, dump trucks (the streets are narrow and steep, so no access for cars), local dogs protecting their 5 metre stretch of the street and the feral cats that seem to choose my garden to carry out their romantic assignations - though it is nice when they bring their new kittens round to visit.

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Review by: Kevin Berry on Nov. 26, 2012 :
Meggie Blackthorn is a spirited, intelligent eleven-year-old who goes to live with her grandparents so she can attend the grammar school for which she has earned a place. The story is set in the area of Newcastle, England, in the early 1960s, and the author brings this period to life brilliantly with lots of detail seamlessly woven in. It's very easy to warm quickly to young Meggie, whose life has changed completely by going to live with her grandparents and attending a new school. She makes some new friends but also has to cope with a threatening bully, Billy Fish, who is the son of an unpleasant woman working in her grandfather's shop. The story is well-paced and well-structured with an element of suspense in it.

I particularly liked how that time (60s northern England) was brought vividly to life in this story, and how real and believable Meggie as a character was portrayed. The story is told consistently from her point of view. All of the main characters were portrayed well with their own personalities. Although it's a young adult, coming-of-age book, I feel it would appeal also to an older generation who would like to be reminded of a bygone era.

I really enjoyed this book and heartily recommend it as a particularly well-written, engaging story with an endearing main character.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Victoria Zigler on Oct. 06, 2012 :
There were parts where I felt a bit more detail could have been given, but it was a good book, and I enjoyed watching the character develop as the story unfolded.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Mwandishi on Sep. 25, 2012 :
the writing was good but the story pulled a little. it was great to see how the main character developed.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sophie E Tallis on Oct. 22, 2011 :
A thrilling and emotionally charged read, eloquently written, that lingers in the mind...A great GREAT book! Highly recommended!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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