Norcliffe is a wordsmith whose fiction writing is infused with his poetic talents. He weaves beautiful and intelligent stories that twist and turn effortlessly until you are surprised to reach the end of the book and realise how many hours have passed. Written for the 10-14 age-bracket, this is sophisticated children’s literature that will delight many adults. If you wish to hide this guilty pleasure, I suggest reading the book to your children.
Nick K, Auckland Libraries Staff Picks
a ripping read, full of ghosts, pirates, things marine in general, an excellent mix of fantasy and history
Great storytelling by Norcliffe. His imagery, dialogue and description are outstanding.
Dominion Post Weekend
Beautifully written, this historical adventure with a touch of fantasy keeps the reader wanting to know more . . .
Judges' Report, New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults
Lively and clever
Gillian Vine, Otago Daily Times
Every detail of Norcliffe's story is convincing . . . An historical novel for children with a first-person narrator makes particular demands on the writer, but Norcliffe's prose is exemplary. His language and point-of-view never seem anachronistic, the story rollicks along, and an impatient 10 or 11 year-old would not be unduly challenged by the vocabulary. Norcliffe cares about language and has given the Loblolly Boy a clear and lyrical voice . . . The wonderful and unexpected ending provides an imaginative answer to how one of our great historical figures came to be the man he was.
Eirlys Hunter, New Zealand Books
[A]n exciting pirate adventure
Trevor Agnew, Waikato Times
Bob Docherty, Dominion Post Weekend
March 6, 2015
RHNZ Childrenâ??s ebooks
Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au