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Jupiter Amidships

S.I. Martin

8 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Historical fiction (Children's / Teenage)

Jupiter's adventure continues, this time at sea, in this thrilling sequel ...


Jupiter and his brother Patrick are about to embark on a merchant ship bound for home in Sierra Leone, but are set upon by a vicious Navy pressgang. The brothers are beaten, bound, imprisoned at bayonet point and finally marched to join a Royal Navy frigate, the Boneta. In word and deed, they are now prisoners of His Majesty King George.


They have no idea where they are, or where they are heading. The Boneta is a ship full of secrets, and it's on a mission. Enemies are swiftly made, and the brothers can trust no one. Amid the mystery and danger, Jupiter will need all his strength and wits to survive - and, most surprisingly of all, some very strange and new technology. What they discover hidden in the holds of the ship will propel Jupiter and Patrick into an entirely unforeseen battle for their lives ...

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Praise for Jupiter Amidships

  • Another piece of intelligent historical fiction from S I Martin. Accurate, interesting, and with a good dollop of humour. - The Bookbag

  • Historical fiction at its very best. ... intelligent, engaging, and exciting. - Books for Keeps

  • ... provides plenty for readers to think about; the questions it raises are still pertinent today. - Kate Agnew, The Guardian

  • Exciting and convincing ... Highly recommended. - Write Away

  • Exciting and tense ... Super stuff. - Jill Murphy, The Bookbag

  • Masterful storytelling with a constant undertone of menace. Well written, it succeeds as a story about a young man who finds himself, as much as a story about slavery. - Carousel

  • Authentic ... gripping historical thriller. - Northern Echo

  • ... perfect for children ... who are interested in social history and adventure. - First News

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S.I. Martin

S.I. Martin is a writer and historian. Founder of the series of narrative London walks entitled '500 Years of Black London', he also works in education and the media, specialising in Black British history and literature. He is the author of an adult novel Incomparable World, and Britain's Slave Trade for the Channel 4 series of the same name. He is much in demand with such as English Heritage, National Maritime Museum, Museum of London, Museum in Docklands, Imperial War Museum, Public Records Office and British Council Literature wing. S.I. Martin has been appointed as NYU in London Visiting Professor for the 2009-2010 academic year.

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