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Bristol based author Nicola Skinner has been fascinated by the SS Great Britain for many years and has written this funny, poignant and exhilarating children’s book in which the ship goes for one last adventure, with a schoolgirl at the helm. Nicola's first book, Bloom, was a Guardian book of the year. 

This is the story of Kirsten, an apparently happy and successful 11-year-old YouTube star who meets a ship that comes alive… and is claimed by it as its new captain as it breaks free from its dry dock.

Inspired by the true history of the SS Great Britain, Starboard is about the friendship, heroism and bravery that you can find in others, whether they’re made of flesh or iron. It’s about taking control of your own life and going on epic adventures. But most of all, it’s about finding out who you really dare to be, when you’re completely out of your depth…


200 pages

Age Range: 10+

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780008422400

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