Alexander McCall Smith, beloved best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, delivers a delightful adventure on the high seas, filled with lots of mystery and excitement, perfect for middle grade listeners! Children will be smitten with the charismatic characters, unusual circumstances, and exotic locales in this wonderful story about a school set aboard a ship.
Come aboard as the kids set sail for their first adventure!
Ben and Fee MacTavish are twins who've been homeschooled on a submarine. Now they're heading to the school ship Tobermory. This is no ordinary school - it's a sailing ship where kids from around the world train to be sailors and learn about all things nautical.
Ben and Fee make friends as they adjust to life aboard the Tobermory. When a film crew arrives on another ship, the Albatross, Ben is one of the lucky kids to be chosen as a movie extra. But after a day's filming, his suspicions are aroused. Are the director and crew really making a film? Or is there a secret they might be protecting on the lower decks of the Albatross? Ben, Fee, and their friends set out to investigate, but are they prepared for what they might find?
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Not my favorite AMcS
Probably won't listen to this one again, and I'm a big fan of most of Mr. Smith's books. This is a book for young adults, and maybe for the young teen it would be a good story, but for an adult who enjoys YA literature (as I do), it's just too contrived. It feels like a fairy tale trying to be an adventure story and it misses on both counts. It's an okay listen, but not a compelling one or one that lingers in one's thoughts.
- E. Hansen