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The Little Skipper A Son of a Sailor   By: (1831-1909)

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The Little Skipper A Son of a Sailor by George Manville Fenn is an enchanting tale that takes readers on a captivating seafaring adventure. Set in the 19th century, this book follows the journey of young Jack Brindle, who dreams of becoming a sailor just like his father.

From the very first page, readers are drawn into Jack's world, feeling his excitement as he longs to feel the sea breeze tousling his hair. Fenn's writing brilliantly captures the essence of Jack's vibrant imagination and his deep yearning for the sea, making it easy for readers to relate to his dreams and aspirations.

As Jack sets sail on his father's ship, the shipwrecked seafarer encounters numerous challenges and perils that test his courage and resilience. Fenn expertly weaves a tapestry of thrilling maritime adventures, keeping readers on the edge of their seats. From storms that threaten to capsize Jack's vessel to encounters with pirates and other dangerous adversaries, the narrative is filled with nail-biting moments that never fail to keep readers engaged.

One of the highlights of The Little Skipper is Fenn's vivid and detailed descriptions of life at sea. The author effortlessly transports readers aboard the ship, painting a vivid picture of the harsh realities of life on the ocean. From the rhythmic cadence of the waves to the smell of salt in the air, every aspect of the maritime environment is beautifully brought to life, immersing readers in the story.

Moreover, the characters in The Little Skipper are well-drawn and endearing. Jack Brindle, with his determination and unwavering spirit, quickly becomes a character readers will root for. Supporting characters, such as the seasoned sailors and fellow shipmates, add depth and authenticity to the narrative, showcasing the camaraderie and bond that develops among seafarers.

Fenn's writing style is both eloquent and accessible, making this novel suitable for both younger and older readers. His ability to balance action-packed scenes with introspection and character development showcases his talent as a storyteller.

In conclusion, The Little Skipper A Son of a Sailor is a delightful and thrilling adventure that will enthrall readers of all ages. George Manville Fenn has successfully created an immersive and compelling tale that captures the essence of the sea and the indomitable spirit of its protagonist. With its well-crafted narrative, engaging characters, and vivid descriptions, this book is a true gem in the world of maritime literature.

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The Little Skipper

A Son of a Sailor


G. Manville Fenn

London: Ernest Nister

New York: E. P. Dutton & Co.

Printed in Bavaria



The birds were singing their best one spring morning, and that means a great deal, for they can sing down in the New Forest on a sunny morning in May, and there was quite a chorus of joy to welcome the Skipper and Dot as they went out through the iron gate at the bottom of the garden.

The Skipper had on his last new suit of white duck, bound with blue, and his straw hat with the dark band bearing in gold letters "H.M.S. Flash"; a white plaited cord was round his waist, and a big pocket knife dangled at his side. With his hat stuck back so as to show his curly brown hair, his blue and white collar over his shoulders, silk sailor knot handkerchief, and his browned flushed face, he looked a thorough man of war's man.

Dot was in white and blue too a bonnie looking little girl of seven, dressed as if for a yachting trip, and as full of excitement as her nine year old brother, to whom she looked up as someone very big and strong, who would protect her from all the perils and dangers to which they might be exposed.

One must stop to say that "The Skipper," as his father always called him, was Bob, otherwise Robert Trevor; and Dot, so nick named for reasons plain to see, was by rights Dorothy, and they had that morning been excused from lessons, because Captain Trevor had sent a message from Portsmouth that he was going to run over to lunch... Continue reading book >>

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