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The Night Ship
The Night Ship: A Novel | Jess Kidd
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Based on a real-life event, an epic historical novel from the award-winning author of Things in Jars that illuminates the lives of two characters: a girl shipwrecked on an island off Western Australia and, three hundred years later, a boy finding a home with his grandfather on the very same island. 1629: A newly orphaned young girl named Mayken is bound for the Dutch East Indies on the Batavia, one of the greatest ships of the Dutch Golden Age. Curious and mischievous, Mayken spends the long journey going on misadventures above and below the deck, searching for a mythical monster. But the true monsters might be closer than she thinks. 1989: A lonely boy named Gil is sent to live off the coast of Western Australia among the seasonal fishing community where his late mother once resided. There, on the tiny reef-shrouded island, he discovers the story of an infamous shipwreck? With her trademark thrilling, mysterious, twisted, but more than anything, beautifully written (Graham Norton, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling, Jess Kidd weaves a unputdownable and charming tale of friendship and sacrifice, brutality and forgiveness.
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PatriciaU
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Jess Kidd continues to deliver absolutely stunning novels. The dual stories here of two young people, hundreds of years apart, are horrifying and gripping. The historical and modern settings are not the usual choices and create a fascinating ambience from start to finish. Not for the faint-hearted.

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AardvarkBookClub
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A heads up for any of our members who‘ve selected this book or are thinking about picking it up in the future 😉💡
#aardvarkbookclub #thenightship #jesskidd

jdiehr So often the author's notes end up being a highlight for me! 1w
Jess ❤️ Jess Kidd 1w
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LatrelWhite
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Barnes & Noble book club October pick! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheKidUpstairs I was checking out the cover of this one at work today (I can see it's spot on the shelf from my place at the circ desk). It's such a beautiful cover! 1w
LatrelWhite @TheKidUpstairs Yes the reason I purchased it beautiful book love the green tip pages. 1w
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jdiehr
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Do you ever finish a book based on a true story and immediately turn to Google for more information??

That's what happened after I finished 'The Night Ship."

It's a harrowing story about two children on the same island 300 years apart.

Mayken was a little girl aboard the Batavia - an ill fated ship.

Gil is a boy trying to find his way in an unfair world.

The chapters alternate between the two.

DivineDiana Often explore further during and after reading a book! This book sounds amazing! 2w
swishandflick So glad you enjoyed this! I really want to pick it up soon(after I dig out of my library hold backlog 😂) 2w
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TheMushroomForest
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Colourful but Dismal
This historical novel was more sad and horrifying than anything else.
Two kids across time, both in dreadful situations, both being abused and ultimately in bad lives. I felt sad reading it and It didn't get any better by the end, the end was the worst. I just wanted something about it to be redeemable, but even the interest level waned in the shadow of the awful things.

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AmyK1
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“The dead can‘t hurt you, Gil. It‘s the living you need to watch out for.”

This was inspired by the actual shipwreck of the Batavia in 1629 off the coast of Australia. Beautifully told from the point of view of Mayken in 1629 and Gil in 1989, 2 children who are newly orphaned & trying to figure out how to deal with the world around them. A couple other people used the word haunting to describe this story and I would have to agree.

swishandflick Glad to hear you liked this! I'm planning to pick this up soon 😄 3w
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Branwen
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I made a trip to Barnes & Noble today! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚🎉 I was supposed to be picking up some board books and picture books for a baby shower - but of course I also grabbed three books for myself as well! 😇💕 The tagged book is the B&N edition and has beautiful teal painted page edges! The Stars Undying is the first in a fantasy duology that is a loose remix of the Cleopatra/Caesar/Mark Antony drama! 😱 #catsoflitsy #chaplin

mcctrish Oh I love everything Jess Kidd writes 3w
Branwen @mcctrish This will be my first book by them! 📚 I'm super excited! 3w
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Mpcacher
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This is a beautifully written story inspired by the actual shipwreck of the Batavia off the coast of Australia in 1628. (Google it.) I loved the two child characters and felt an overwhelming need to reach out and help them. This is not an easy read as the circumstances the children find themselves in (one in 1628, the other in 1989) are more than the normal troubles of childhood. The story will haunt me for a long while. 4/5 stars.

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AmyK1
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Woohoo! My Aardvark box just arrived! Excited to read these.

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KristiAhlers
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I LOVED this story. Based on a real life shipwreck this books has dual timelines about two very different kids in two very different time periods dealing with the loss of a mom and how this affects them both. This is our B&N book club selection for October and it‘s a haunting story I personally inhaled. #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

julieclair This sounds so good! 1mo
ju.ca.no Sounds good and looks pretty! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Another gorgeous cover!!! 1mo
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mdemanatee
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Haunting but not Haunted.
https://youtu.be/CNxQp0sOT9w

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Good things come to those who wait?

Bookzombie Yes. Maybe your library will get more copies due to the demand. 🤞🏻 2mo
Librariana We have a holds ratio of 1:4 - 1 library copy for every 4 customers and our Adult selector often reviews the holds queue to make adjustments accordingly (i.e. add more copies to the OverDrive order) 😁😊 I hope your library is able to do the same! 2mo
Shannon_McKinney Hate when that happens! I‘ve got one I‘ve had on hold for months & it still says “several months”. I hope it‘ll be worth the wait. 😊 2mo
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Mel
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A beautifully written story centering around the dual narrative of Mayken, a young girl in the 1600s sailing on a doomed ship towards the Dutch East Indies, and Gil, a young boy sent to live with his estranged grandfather on a tiny fishing island off the coast of Australia in the 1980s. This story was unexpected and haunting exploring the different ideas of abandonment, sacrifice, friendship, and family. #NetGalley #TheNightShip

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AmyK1
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Like @Megabooks I was waiting to see what the #botm choices were for October before deciding whether to try #aardvark or not. None appealed to me so I jumped on the aardvark train. My bank account may regret this decision 😂

swishandflick Woop! I'm excited to see how the Aardvark venture goes for those of us that signed up 👏🏽 2mo
Megabooks Yay!! So excited to have another Litten join!! 2mo
LMJenkins I joined too. Did you get the email from them saying that we were going to get another one of the month choices for free because of the delays? 2mo
AmyK1 @LMJenkins I did! I need to pick one and let them know. 2mo
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suvata
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Based on a real-life event, the sinking of a ship called the Batavia. This novel tells the tale of the lives of two children. 1629: An orphaned girl (Mayken) is bound for an island off Western Australia. 1989: A boy (Gil) is sent to live with his grandfather in a remote fishing village on the very same island. There he discovers the story of the shipwreck.

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Lizpixie
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Another beautiful signed edition of #bookmail from Waterstones, this one with a pretty image gilded onto the hardcover itself. I‘ve read some of her other books & loved them, The Hoarder, Himself & I have Things In Jars on my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom This one is set in Australia, but one on the 1629 journey of the Batavia to the Dutch East Indies & an island off the coast of WA in 1989 involving a young orphan named Mayken & a boy named Gil.

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peta86
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Mayken and her nursemaid Imke embark for a voyage on the Batavia.
The year is 1629 and things aren't all that they seem onboard.
Strange things are happening, everyone can feel it.
The tension is reaching breaking point.
In the year 1989 we meet Gil, a very troubled boy whose mother has just died so he is shipped off to live with his reclusive grandfather Joss, a fisherman on an island in Australia.
Both these kids are intertwined.

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PNWBookseller85
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I loved Jess Kidd‘s “Things in Jars” - a high standard to meet for sure, and this one wasn‘t quite as polished. But I still loved it. It‘s two timelines - 1647 and 1987 - and the stories intertwine beautifully. I only wanted her to go a little deeper into the details, I guess. My only complaint. Otherwise totally brilliant and an excellent read. Comes out in October. Stack it!

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Lizzie69
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The year is 1629, Mayken and Imke her nursemaid are on board the Batavia
But this sinister ship has dark happenings stirring and the tension is unbearable, the lives of everyone are in danger.
In 1989 Gil has lost his mother so is sent to live with his reclusive grandfather Joss a fisherman living off the Australian coast.
Gil is struggling to fit in but finds an interest in the local history and is learning about what happened to the Batavia.