#SixforSunday is hosted by Steph at A Little But A Lot. Every week there is a bookish-themed prompt to inspire 6 choices.
This month focuses on Summer Reads and this weeks prompt is Books and the seaside
Ok so I’m not really one of those people who likes to read summery romance books about sun, sand and sex.
For one I prefer to read MG, and two if my stories are set at the seaside I want there to be a bit more depth than ice cream and kisses.
The classic holiday seaside, tropical sands and amazing ice cream
The Secret Summer/August Isle -Ali Standish
For some people, holiday beaches on distant shores are the seasides of their imagination. This story is set on an island just off the coast of Florida connected by a bridge where our young protagonist is sent as a last resort to spend her summer with her mother’s childhood friend’s family .
With evocative description of sunlight glowing through Spanish Moss draped trees, exotic and eccentric flavoured ice creams and the children learning to sail on the tropical waters it’s a feast for the senses where secrets are spilled and stories told that change the world forever.
South East Seaside
The Famous Five- Enid Blyton
Ok in the words of Marty McFly ‘it’s an oldie but a goodie’ but seared into the imaginations of many are the adventures of the 3 siblings, cousin and dog wandering the windswept beaches, sand dunes, moors and even the private island around Kirrin Bay having adventures with no parental supervision.
These coastal experiences are also the landscape of many holiday memories if you ever visited the South West in your summers. Many of my childhood summers were spent in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset- and a good few in Dorset too so this landscape is seared on my memory too.
The Dog that Saved the World- Ross Welford
For a lot of people their seaside isn’t South-West stretches of sand and the seaside is North or Irish Sea not Atlantic Ocean so I had to pop a Northern England seaside experience in there and I found this not too futuristic family adventure set on the windswept North East coast.
This story is set in the near future and using the idea of Virtual Reality Gaming Systems alongside the threat of worldwide epidemics of infectious diseases.
There’s also a lot of heart in the book from family and friendship dramas. Widening, adapting and colouring of your own perspective is a theme throughout the book and brilliantly placed to suit the 8-12 age group.
The Dream of your own Island complete with beautiful secluded beaches
We Won an Island – Charlotte Lo
When three children from London facing eviction enter a competition to win a secluded Scottish Island they hope but don’t truly believe they might win. When they do win and their shocked mother and grieving father pack up to move, a fresh start inspires the children to want to help raise the funds to rebuild not only the home on the island but their family itself.
A wonderful summery tale of freedom and adventure running in the sand, ice cream vans and hope.
The duality of living on an island, the beauty, the salt-spray and the dangers of the tide.
The Stormkeeper’s Island & The Lost Tide Warriors – Catherine Doyle
These two novels are set 6 months apart on the island of Arranmore and both revel in the beauty and the danger of living on an island; how the sea can be beautiful and deadly at a turn of the tides both bringing joy and taking lives.
Alongside a magnificent plot about ancient Irish folklore and mythology these books are beautifully sea swept and a real treat for the senses and imagination.
The Oceanic Oddity
Malamander– Thomas Taylor (George Ermos)
Malamander was recently bought by Sony Pictures and you can see why it would make an excellent children’s film. It is set in Eerie-on-Sea which is a delightfully odd and eccentric little town where everyone is just a little bit strange too from our foundling protagonist Herbert Lemon who washed up as a young child in a crate of lemons to the owner of The Grand Nautilus with a tremendous spy glass looking over the town.
Although there’s flavours of Unfortunate Series there is something terribly British about the way this seaside town empties into a misty, creepy and eccentric world when the summer tourists go home, like everyone sighs a relief, loosens up, puts their comfy pants on and lets their crazy out after being on best behaviour for the visitors.