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 SECRETS OF THE REALM 
by Bev Stout


Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout was an enjoyable book to read. Well written, intriguing story and interesting characters capture readers’ attention and make an exciting, fun, and easy reading.

The adventures of the young heroine Annie disguised as a cabin boy, aboard the sail ship, take us full circle from the London Harbor, across the ocean to the American coast and back. In the process, as the story is unfolding, we learn that Annie is not the only crew member with the secret. The characters of the Captain, Doc, First Mate, and others are just enough developed to allow young readers to believe, imagine, and identify.

By the conclusion of the story, readers, completely caught up in the world of the sea-man, are brought back to the land to witness Annie’s past catching up with her, and the happy end promising more adventures.

Bev Stout’s novel is a real page turner. I hope that the Secrets of the Realm is the first book in a series. That would make much sense. It is “must read” even if you are YA only in the heart.

Review by Stevan V. Nikolic

Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 4th 2013 by Create Space   
ISBN: 1484832280
(ISBN13: 9781484832288)
Edition language: English

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