An easier read on the Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels List, A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes should not be taken lightly.
The story follows 6 children whose parents send them back to England because of a Hurricane that devastates their families homes in Jamaica. They think the children will be better cared for and safer in England. Oh how wrong they are…
On their journey, their ship gets beseiged by a band of pirates who take the children and their bounty and head off. Their parents are told that all the children were killed by the pirates. But they are far from death as their adventures with the pirate crew begin!
Not a fantasy driven novel [this is no Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie], A High Wind in Jamaica was still a delightful read. The plot was driven and kept me enthralled to the very end! The novel focuses on how children perceive the larger challenges and changes in their lives; how they continue to grow up regardless of the forces brought against them. Great read!