It’s a pleasure today to be sharing my review for Breaker by AnneMarie Allan as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Kelly of Love Books Tours for the invite and Cranachan Books for the book.
About the book
The first thing I want to talk about is the fantastic cover for Breaker, it’s full of little details from under the sea and I think it really stands out. It doesn’t stop there though with each chapter having a little drawing of a sea creature at the start which I loved.
We meet Beth and Tom, twins who have moved to North Berwick and are staying in a house that you could say is a little run down and needs a lot attention. They’re really not too happy about this and being the new kids in town are both wanting to make friends and try and fit in.
When an oil tanker collides with a rock and punctures a hole the seaside town comes alive and the threat of an oil spillage is imminent but can it be stopped before it causes major devastation?
Breaker is aimed at children aged between eight and twelve and I’m not going to divulge how old I am but I am way out of that age bracket but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved Beth and Tom, they both really stick up for each other and look out for each other but have their own friends and interests. Another character that I loved was Professor MacBlain, he’s a bit eccentric and strange but fantastic.
The first half of the book is very much character building and scene setting. It’s written perfectly and let’s the reader really visualise everything and everyone so when the adventure kicks in it’s all well formed and almost plays like a movie in your head.
The core of this story is about the environment, it’s educational in a fun way and I think many children will be able to take something away from it, even something small can help in a big way.
Breaker is a fun filled story, it has suspense, brilliant characters and a beautiful setting. I’d love to read more about Beth, Tom and Professor MacBlain, I think this would make a great series as I’m sure they could find a lot more adventures in North Berwick. I’ll definitely be keeping my copy of the book safe for my wee one when she’s older, I can’t wait to read it to her and I hope I can instil some of the qualities Beth and Tom have on keeping the environment safe.