Seal Secret

Seal Secret[Read] ➬ Seal Secret ➵ Aidan Chambers – Heartforum.co.uk While on vocation, a young boy endangers his own life when he sets out to release a captive seal While on vocation, a young boy endangers his own life when he sets out to release a captive seal.

Born near Chester le Street, County Durham in , Chambers was an only child, and a poor scholar considered slow by his teachers, he did not learn to read fluently until the age of nine After two years in the Royal Navy as part of his National Service, Chambers trained as a teacher and taught for three years at Westcliff High School in Southend on Sea before joining an Anglican monastery in Stroud, Gloucestershire in He later used his experience as a monk in his novel Now I KnowHis first plays, including Johnny Salter , The Car and The Chicken Run , were published while he was a teacher in StroudChambers left the monastery in and a year later became a freelance writer His works include the Dance sequence of six novels Breaktime, Dance on My Grave, Now I Know, The Toll Bridge, Postcards from No Man s Land and This Is All The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn He and his wife, Nancy, founded Thimble Press and the magazine Signal to promote literature for children and young adults They were awarded the Eleanor Farjeon Award for outstanding services to children s books in From to he was President of the School Library Association.

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  • Hardcover
  • 122 pages
  • Seal Secret
  • Aidan Chambers
  • English
  • 08 June 2018
  • 0060212586

10 thoughts on “Seal Secret

  1. Tommy Verhaegen says:

    Een hedendaags thema liefde voor dieren Maar gebracht op een nogal voorbijgestreefde en eenzijdige manier Het grootste deel van het verhaal gaat over de frustratie van een tiener over het feit dat zijn ouder in hun vakantiekeuze met hem totaal geen rekening houden Een opvallend en in mijn ogen idioot gegeven is dat de moeder een hoogtezon meeneemt om binnen te kunnen bruinen, en dat midden in de zomer De auteur kiest in het conflict over de zeehond duidelijk partij voor het redden ervan Een hedendaags thema liefde voor dieren Maar gebracht op een nogal voorbijgestreefde en eenzijdige manier Het grootste deel van het verhaal gaat over de frustratie van een tiener over het feit dat zijn ouder in hun vakantiekeuze met hem totaal geen rekening houden Een opvallend en in mijn ogen idioot gegeven is dat de moeder een hoogtezon meeneemt om binnen te kunnen bruinen, en dat midden in de zomer De auteur kiest in het conflict over de zeehond duidelijk partij voor het redden ervan zonder ook maar naar de gevolgen te kijken Aan het feit dat de held zich in levensgevaar begeeft wordt voorbijgegaan, alsof dat de normaalste zaak van de wereld is Aan het andere standpunt dieren voor de slacht kweken wordt geen aandacht besteed, het wordt meteen als negatief afgedaan Volledig in lijn met de huidige veganistische en klimaathysterische tendens van vandaag.Hoewel het verhaal een beetje langdradig is, verandert dat toch bij de actie van de redding, die meteen ook het hoogtepunt maar nog niet echt het einde van verhaal vormt Dan wordt het wel even heel spannend.Lezenswaardig, best nog wel aktueel, nogal eenzijdig, niet echt duidelijk wat nu de bedoeling van de schrijver was

  2. Heather says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A simple enough story aged towards 10 12 year olds A boy braves his fears and disappointments to rescue a seal pup He s actually quite brave and overcomes the rather bullying local boy, but due to the all importance of keeping childhood pacts, no one actually knows quite how brave he s been Dislike books about bullying types and feel William should have told the full truth about Gwyn Only give it 2 stars because the portrayal of William overcoming his fears was good Would have given itA simple enough story aged towards 10 12 year olds A boy braves his fears and disappointments to rescue a seal pup He s actually quite brave and overcomes the rather bullying local boy, but due to the all importance of keeping childhood pacts, no one actually knows quite how brave he s been Dislike books about bullying types and feel William should have told the full truth about Gwyn Only give it 2 stars because the portrayal of William overcoming his fears was good Would have given itif Gwyn had got his comeuppance or there had been asatisfactory ending It was readable.once I won t read it again

  3. Paige says:

    For a few semesters, I ve heard rumors of a fiction section at OU s library After I finished my final exam for my summer class, and had a couple of hours to kill, I went straight to the library I found the fiction section i.e the young adult section , and stumbled upon a book by my favorite author that I had never seen before As a big fan of Aidan Chambers, I couldn t believe I hadn t read it So I picked up his children s novel Seal Secret and took it home with me.William, a young Englis For a few semesters, I ve heard rumors of a fiction section at OU s library After I finished my final exam for my summer class, and had a couple of hours to kill, I went straight to the library I found the fiction section i.e the young adult section , and stumbled upon a book by my favorite author that I had never seen before As a big fan of Aidan Chambers, I couldn t believe I hadn t read it So I picked up his children s novel Seal Secret and took it home with me.William, a young English boy, goes on holiday with his family in Wales He expects a rather boring trip he ll probably be cramped inside some cottage with his mum and dad But adventure awaits him, although he doesn t know it It all starts when Will meets another boy called Gwyn The two boys, who taunt each other to no end, take a day trip to the sea, where Gwyn reveals his secret to Will And this secret will unite the boys forever or until Will goes home.Chambers is an Englishman who has written seven young adult novels all of which I own two children s novels, four plays, andHis most recent work, Dying to Know You, was published on the first of April in 2012 It received the Michael L Printz Award.Basically, he s a big deal And you should read his stuff If you can guess from the title of this book, as well as its cover art, this story involves animals Although I can t reveal too much about the animal in the story, I will say that the conflict created around this story and the two main characters is incredibly strong And what kid isn t interested in animals, in some way or another Chambers is smart to draw in the reader s attention by offering two sides to the story The reader can choose which side he or she most relates to Gwyn or Will although it s clear who the bias is toward, since the narrative s point of view focuses on Will In addition to a strong conflict, Chambers beautifully crafts strong description using the five senses It s not like I ve read a ton of children s books lately, but I ve never seen description quite like this in a children s novel It s breathtaking Chambers description truly places the reader in the life of the character, which is key in a children s book He also creates authentic voices for each character especially Will, who clearly feels misunderstood by his parents At first, I thought Will s parents were unrealistically hateful toward him But maybe it s because I m familiar with Chambers writing style, or because I spent every year in high school analyzing literature I realized Will s parents were presented that way because that s how Will saw them at that point in his life I mean, think back to when you were 10 my rough estimate of Will s age did you feel like your parents didn t understand you, that they weren t allowing you to freely live your life I know I did Heck, I wasn t allowed to watch Rugrats, and I thought that that was the end of the world Chambers presentation of Will s parents gives Will an authentic voice, and I really admire Chambers for exploring that aspect of Will s world As I mentioned before, this novel focuses on an animal Accompanying the animal, and Will s bias toward the animal, is the theme that using animals for entertainment and or money is wrong I thought Chambers was clever to incorporate this theme into the novel since I completely agree with this theme I couldn t enjoy myself for a few hours in Hawaii Hawaii because my family dragged me to an animal park and all I could think was, This is so wrong These animals that should be in the wild are being used so an audience can feel good for thirty minutes and the trainers can get their paycheck all at the animal s expense It just wasn t fair And that s the kind of theme I believe Chambers was promoting through this book I thoroughly enjoyed this aspect of the story since I agree.I noticed something else that Chambers did cleverly, although this could just be my opinion and he didn t actually plan this But in another book by Chambers This Is All The Pillow Book of Cordelia Kenn there s a major character by the name of Will And I had a realization that the boy in Seal Secret could very well be the child version of Will in This Is All Now let me tell you why I think this 1 Chambers has done this before In This Is All, a character called Julie was featured as a teenager in another one of his novels, Now I Know 2 At the beginning of Seal Secret, Will was climbing a tree And although he wasn t very good at it at the time, this became Will s life passion in This Is All And there wasn t exactly a reason related to the plot for Will to climb the tree in Seal Secret, so that makes me think that Chambers had planned to use Will in a later book and he knew Will was going to grow up to have a passion for trees But who knows It s just a theory thought I had.I thought perhaps Chambers could have gotten to the main conflict of the story sooner The exposition felt a little too drawn out for a children s book I was also a little concerned about some violence in the book It wasn t anything horrific, nor was it described in graphic details, but I thought it was a little too much for a child to read about It didn t personally bother me because the violence was justified literarily, but I would be concerned about it if a child were reading it I would recommend Seal Secret to anyone who loves Aidan Chambers, to children who have an interest in animals, or to other children s book writers

  4. Angelique says:

    Spannend verhaal voor kinderen in het primair onderwijs.

  5. Stephen says:

    This is a children s story about a boy, William, who reluctantly goes on holiday to stay in a cottage in Wales His parents don t seem to have much sympathy for the fact that this was not his favoured destination, and they push him towards playing with a local boy, Gwyn, who is something of a bully However Gwyn has a secret not giving spoilers away if I mention it is a seal secret and William must make some hard decisions.

  6. Chris says:

    When i was 8, this was one of the first big books i ever read.i loved it and read it at least twice a year for the next decade.

  7. SBC says:

    A short realist novel about a boy who risks his life against the powers of the sea to save a seal pup which is being kept in a cave by another boy.

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