An enthralling tale of imaginary monsters, human devils, and two children navigating life’s horrors 360 years apart. In turn harrowing, tender, and hopeful, the adventure follows a fearless Dutch girl in 1628 aboard the Batavia, which ultimately wrecks near an island off Australia. In 1989, a sensitive boy goes to live on that same island with his gruff grandfather after his mother’s death. There, he learns how to be himself and discovers a magical connection with the girl from the past.
The Night Ship by Jess Kidd, (List Price: $28, Atria Books, 9781982180812, October 2022)
Reviewed by Suzanne Carnes, Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida