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"When we got into the road together, I could not see a yard in front of me. There was nothing but darkness and drifting snow and the gleam of the drifts where the light of the lantern fell. There was no question of losing the road; for the road was a Devon lane, narrow and deep, built by the ancient Britons, so everybody says, to give them protection as they went down to t "When we got into the road together, I could not see a yard in front of me. There was nothing but darkness and drifting snow and the gleam of the drifts where the light of the lantern fell. There was no question of losing the road; for the road was a Devon lane, narrow and deep, built by the ancient Britons, so everybody says, to give them protection as they went down to the brooks for water. If it had been an open road, I could never have found my way for fifty yards. I was strongly built for a boy; even at sea I never suffered much from the cold, and this night was not intensely cold—snowy weather seldom is. What made the ride so exhausting was the beating of the snow into my eyes and mouth. It fell upon me in a continual dry feathery pelting, till I was confused and tired out with the effort of trying to see ahead." John Masefield was an English poet and writer, was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930. Among his best known works are the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and the poems "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever."


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"When we got into the road together, I could not see a yard in front of me. There was nothing but darkness and drifting snow and the gleam of the drifts where the light of the lantern fell. There was no question of losing the road; for the road was a Devon lane, narrow and deep, built by the ancient Britons, so everybody says, to give them protection as they went down to t "When we got into the road together, I could not see a yard in front of me. There was nothing but darkness and drifting snow and the gleam of the drifts where the light of the lantern fell. There was no question of losing the road; for the road was a Devon lane, narrow and deep, built by the ancient Britons, so everybody says, to give them protection as they went down to the brooks for water. If it had been an open road, I could never have found my way for fifty yards. I was strongly built for a boy; even at sea I never suffered much from the cold, and this night was not intensely cold—snowy weather seldom is. What made the ride so exhausting was the beating of the snow into my eyes and mouth. It fell upon me in a continual dry feathery pelting, till I was confused and tired out with the effort of trying to see ahead." John Masefield was an English poet and writer, was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1930. Among his best known works are the children's novels The Midnight Folk and The Box of Delights, and the poems "The Everlasting Mercy" and "Sea-Fever."

55 review for JIM DAVIS: Thrilling Escapade of a Daring Hero on a Dangerous Sea Mission (All-Time Favourite Children's Classics)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stan

    What happens to us in life often depends so much on circumstances beyond our control: where we are born, when we are born, what family we are born into, our physical and intellectual abilities. Jim Davis's life takes a series of twists and turns—some life threatening—and he ends up on the wrong side of the law. But Jim learns the law is not always just and there is often a good side to people living outside the law. I give this story 3.5 stars; it is certainly worth reading. What happens to us in life often depends so much on circumstances beyond our control: where we are born, when we are born, what family we are born into, our physical and intellectual abilities. Jim Davis's life takes a series of twists and turns—some life threatening—and he ends up on the wrong side of the law. But Jim learns the law is not always just and there is often a good side to people living outside the law. I give this story 3.5 stars; it is certainly worth reading.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Gabe B

    While most 10 year olds today are playing video games and doing homework, life in the 1800’s for 10 year old JIm Davis was very different. Jim’s life centered around adventure, theft and constantly being on the run. Following the death of his parents, Jim join the Night-Riders of London. The group rode horses and created hiding spots around town to keep away from the police. The other main character is Marrah who helps Jim with needs, including friendship, protection and food and water. The two While most 10 year olds today are playing video games and doing homework, life in the 1800’s for 10 year old JIm Davis was very different. Jim’s life centered around adventure, theft and constantly being on the run. Following the death of his parents, Jim join the Night-Riders of London. The group rode horses and created hiding spots around town to keep away from the police. The other main character is Marrah who helps Jim with needs, including friendship, protection and food and water. The two find themselves faced with in a difficult situation that separates them temporarily until circumstances reunite them. I originally picked this book out of a box my grandma was going to donate. The book chronicles Jim’s life and his experiences with the Night-Riders. In one situation Jim witnesses a battle between the group and a French fleet who engage with cannon balls. The group starts heading toward the shore knowing that the ship will break by the shallow rocks. The group then runs on the shore and steal horses to ride away, but the French do the same and almost catch them. Unsuccessful at stealing any ships or goods, the group hides out to avoid being caught. Jim realizes he is close to his home when this situation occurs, but he chooses to remain loyal to the group and continue on a life of adventure with them. This is one of many examples in the book that represents adventure and a close call for Jim, who was avoiding being caught. While the adventures that Jim faces with the group are dangerous and interesting to read about, the ending is the best because it leaves readers with a cliffhanger. The book ends very suddenly, but it made me happy and relieved to know that while we don’t know what adventures they’ll go on, Jim and Marah will continue their friendship. The Captain of the Night-Rider says, “Marah and I are planning a new adventure; for old Van Horn’s treasure is still among the coral, and someday we are going to try for it” (244). The Captain is inviting Jim on their next adventure, which leads the book to end in an interesting way and makes me think about what happens next. Personally, I think that people will like this book if they like mystery and adventure. In my opinion, people who might be drawn to this book are those who like books that are unpredictable. This is a book I would recommend because it takes place in an interesting time era and gives readers a different perspective on individuals during this time. The author uses descriptive writing and detailed character descriptions to keep the reader engaged in the story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Cotterill

    A novella of about 48,000 words, describing the adventures of a young 12 year old boy, Jim Davis. Set around Gloucestershire in the early 1800s, Jim is befriended by Marah, an experienced seaman and professional smuggler, who forces him to join their gang of contrabandists. The tale rollicks along as Jim is unwillingly drawn into their illegal nocturnal activities, and desires nothing more than to return to his family on the farm. A good read for boys.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chrisg

    I remember most of the plot of this book after 60 years and remember how it took me from the present to the period in which it was written. I believe I stayed up all night reading it. What more can one say!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Holden

    the title was very misleading this was not about the creator of Garfield 0 STARS!!!! >:(

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Dit boek heb ik ooit als afgekeurd-middelbaar-school-exemplaar meegenomen uit de mediatheek. Nooit meer naar omgekeken, tot ik de boekenkast opruimde. Er stond geen beschrijving achterop, dus ik begon gewoon te lezen zonder voorkennis. Het bleek een spannend kinderboek te zijn over piraten. Het was leuk en las lekker weg. Zo'n boek waardoor je even de wereld (lees de trein) om je heen vergeet. Als ik de beschrijving van het leven van de schrijver lees, snap ik waarom hij zo goed over boten kan s Dit boek heb ik ooit als afgekeurd-middelbaar-school-exemplaar meegenomen uit de mediatheek. Nooit meer naar omgekeken, tot ik de boekenkast opruimde. Er stond geen beschrijving achterop, dus ik begon gewoon te lezen zonder voorkennis. Het bleek een spannend kinderboek te zijn over piraten. Het was leuk en las lekker weg. Zo'n boek waardoor je even de wereld (lees de trein) om je heen vergeet. Als ik de beschrijving van het leven van de schrijver lees, snap ik waarom hij zo goed over boten kan schrijven!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Bettie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Read by Kim Wall. Read by Kim Wall.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Great kids book.

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