May 12, Rebecca Mckenzie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Phenomenal storytelling at its YA best! I just finished reading this delightful novel yesterday morning before taking my daughter out of school for the day to drive into Toronto to meet Jacqueline Guest! She was there to discuss her new novel, The Comic Book War. It was unlike any other author talk I've been to, and most educational about Canada's role at home during the war - any qualms I may have had there actually were none whatsoever! Both Ghost Messages and The Comic Book War are historical fiction, and we were gobsmacked at how much research and dedication went into the story relayed in these books.
I really can't wait to read The Comic Book War now The heart of Ghost Messages tells the story of the laying of the first transatlantic cable and the difficulties in doing so, intertwined with the very bold and brash character of Ailish O'Connor bent on pursuing justice for the theft of her father's golden statue hidden aboard the ship. The story takes place during the 's not long after the devastation of the potato famine of Ireland and Ailish and her new friend, Patty Whelan dream of a better life in Canada.
Ailish, however, as she tries to avoid suspicion, must disguise herself as a boy, much like Shakespeare's Viola in Twelfth Night. Oh, and don't forget to use the morse code at the back of the book to decode the messages at the beginning of each title. I didn't know you were supposed to do that until she mentioned it yesterday! Now I'll have to go back and do that!!
May 06, Holly rated it liked it Shelves: I read this one on a whim because it promised a ghost story on the high seas. The book did include this, but the ghost story was honestly a very minor aspect of the story. Ailish, our main character, may have psychic powers and there may be a ghost on board, but do not expect a highly paranormal tale. Ghost Messages is more or less a straight historical novel about the Great Eastern laying the first transatlantic undersea telegraph cable.
If you're looking for a heavily factual book about telegra I read this one on a whim because it promised a ghost story on the high seas.
If you're looking for a heavily factual book about telegraph cables and 19th century ships, then by all means read this book. If you're looking for a nice little ghost story, I might go find something else to read. The author obviously did a ton of research, but unfortunately it makes for a fairly boring book. I can't see many kids the target audience going crazy for this one. Luckily, it's pretty short, so if you do decide to start Ghost Messages, it'll be over quickly. I didn't completely hate this one, but I wouldn't recommend it to many.
There are enough facts in here for this to be a very educational middle grade historical fiction novel, but the paranormal aspect may or may not hinder that purpose. It also just may not hold the attention of kids long enough. I haven't read it, but I wonder if the author of Ghost Messages did. Aug 31, Stephen Hergest rated it liked it. Ghost Messages is a young-adult novel telling the tale of the voyage of the Great Eastern to lay the first trans-Atlantic cable from Ireland to Newfoundland.
The ship was a "Wonder of the Seas" at the time, and the voyage is worthy of cinematic treatment. The story is told from the point of view of Ailish O'Connor, a thirteen-year-old girl who, due to an ill-timed nap, accidentally stows away while attempting to retrieve a small statue of a golden horse, stolen from her father by one of the Ghost Messages is a young-adult novel telling the tale of the voyage of the Great Eastern to lay the first trans-Atlantic cable from Ireland to Newfoundland.
The story is told from the point of view of Ailish O'Connor, a thirteen-year-old girl who, due to an ill-timed nap, accidentally stows away while attempting to retrieve a small statue of a golden horse, stolen from her father by one of the crew, a treasure that holds the key to the family's future. It's an interesting story, although some of the characterizations are a bit one-dimensional, and the true identity of Davy, the young riveter's assistant who aids her, is perhaps not so mysterious as it's made out to be. A unique Easter Egg is the Morse code that serves as subtitles to the book and each chapter, which provide food for re-reading.
Ghost Messages is an enjoyable take on an important, but little-known chapter of Canadian history. Dec 28, Kristen rated it liked it Shelves: Although this is a YA book, it was very well written, and had a very interesting based-in-fact story which wrapped around the fictional plot.
This is a story I knew nothing about - the laying of the first trans-atlantic communication cable from Ireland to Newfoundland - but it was a very exciting event, and fraught with challenges and risks for those who did it. It was an exciting, engaging piece of history to learn about.
I really liked the main character of Ailish, and Irish girl with second sig Although this is a YA book, it was very well written, and had a very interesting based-in-fact story which wrapped around the fictional plot.
Ailish, however, as she tries to avoid suspicion, must disguise herself as a boy, much like Shakespeare's Viola in Twelfth Night. Ailish neither speaks nor acts like an early teenaged girl. I guess what it comes down t More and more books these days are combining genres. At the same time, the author does a fabulous job of recreating the setting of the ship at sea and the process of laying the cable. We further acknowledge the support of the following:
I really liked the main character of Ailish, and Irish girl with second sight who ends up accidentally stowed away on the Great Eastern just as it begins its historic voyage to Canada. Ailish was a spunky, clever and determined young girl, and I enjoyed following along as she had her adventure.
This would be a great book for girls anywhere from 10 to probably 13 or 14 who enjoy adventure stories featuring girls, and who enjoy history. I'm way older than 14, but I still enjoyed this very much.
Ghost messages usually are about previously stated information or just something that you would like the recipient to read & not necessarily. Ghost Messages [Jacqueline Guest] on uzotoqadoh.tk *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In pursuit of stolen treasure in Ireland, thirteen-year-old Ailish.
Oct 28, Jill rated it it was ok Shelves: I read this as a reviewer for a university book review board and it took me a very long time to get through this short novel. The story has moments of excitement, but it never quite gets off the ground. The author has done extensive research in to the history of the first attempt to lay the a telegraph cable from Ireland to Canada. The ship's details are very intricate from discussing the double hull, to detailing how wide the cable is, the different ways that the ship could propel itself across I read this as a reviewer for a university book review board and it took me a very long time to get through this short novel.
The ship's details are very intricate from discussing the double hull, to detailing how wide the cable is, the different ways that the ship could propel itself across the ocean, etc.
So much detail, in fact, that to someone who is looking for an adventurous story of a stowaway on a ship the fictionalized "story" portion of this novel , this is a bit of a disappointment. This could be an interesting read for older children who are interested in ships and sailing, but I think it could lose a lot of readers due to the slow nature of the plot. Ghost Messages Ghost Messages This not only a great story but also brings a bit of history alive. I think this book should be recommended reading for preteens on up.
It reminds even old, I mean, more mature people of a not too long ago past. Feb 27, B rated it really liked it Shelves: Good read about a girl's adventure on a ship that is laying the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable between Ireland and Canada in Thirteen year-old Ailish becomes trapped on the ship, the Great Eastern, just as the ship sets off to Newfoundland. She must pretend to be a boy as she searches the ship for her father's stolen golden treasure.
She is helped by Davy, ghost. Oct 03, Shawn Bird rated it really liked it Shelves: An impeccably researched, fast paced story that introduces young readers to history of the laying of the Trans-Atlantic cable with on-board adventures of a young Irish girl trying to reclaim her family fortune, which has been stolen by one of the officers of the ship. Easy to read, natural dialogue, a thorough glossary, and an interesting tale.
Recommended for 10 and up. Feb 18, Paige rated it did not like it Shelves: Okay so this book wasn't that great When I read the back of the book it sounded really interesting the whole thing about finding out who Davy Jones was, and even the title "Ghost Messages" appealed to me. But no do not read this book I beg you it was so bad!!!! Literally all this book is the crew of the great eastern ship laying down this telegraphic cable but keeps failing.
Dec 30, Jacquie Sewell rated it liked it. I recently heard about and became interested in the Great Eastern, a mammoth ship built in the s that revolutionized shipping and was later used to lay the trans-atlantic cable. Ghost messages is a fictional story set on the Great Eastern. It was a quick, enjoyable read. Oct 13, Rachel Seigel rated it liked it. This is an interesting look into the history of early transatlantic communication.
The main character Ailish is a spunky girl with a lot of ingenuity, and she was fun to read about. It isn't the best thing I've ever read, but it's fine, and kids who like historical fiction will enjoy this. Jul 12, Ruth rated it it was amazing. Interesting read regarding the transatlantic cable under the sea.. Aug 04, Bev rated it really liked it.
Enjoyed the story - did not know the details of this incident, Interesting read. Jun 06, Cil added it Shelves: Part mystery, part ghost story, part adventure, "Ghost Messages" is a fast-paced and compelling drama. Looking at the laying of the trans-Atlantic telegraph cable through the eyes of a child also makes history more accessible. Physical descriptions of how things work and what they look like are substituted for technical terms, which could be confusing and possibly bog down the story.
Young readers will identify with Ailish's bravery and also her fears. Though she is from a different time and place, her experiences are relatable and highly readable. At pages, "Ghost Messages" is a short and fast read. Guest's author's note, which looks at some historial tidbits, adds depth to the reader's overall experience.
And the inclusion of a glossary of nautical terms and the Morse code alphabet at the end is a nice touch. Founded in in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and currently operating out of offices in Regina, Coteau Books' mission is to publish and present to the world markets new voices and works of literary excellence from the Canadian literary community, with an emphasis on Saskatchewan and prairie writers. Coteau Books acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.
About Coteau Books Founded in in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and currently operating out of offices in Regina, Coteau Books' mission is to publish and present to the world markets new voices and works of literary excellence from the Canadian literary community, with an emphasis on Saskatchewan and prairie writers. Acknowledgements Coteau Books acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.
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