Review: Close to the Wind by Jon Walter

close to the wind by jon walter

There’s a ship down at the dock.

There are places for a few, but not many.

If you have enough money and know the right people, you might get a ticket. Or you might not.

Malik’s mother has been missing for days, his home has become unrecognisable, and his grandfather is insisting that they leave on the next and final ship: The Samaritan. This journey will take them to a country which promises safety and a new life. The only problem is, they don’t have a ticket, and people are stopping at nothing to get a place on board. Luckily Papa has a secret that could change everything. But who can they trust to help them?
Reminiscent of Anne Holm and Sonya Hartnett, Close to the Wind is a powerful and moving novel about greed, love, trust and what matters most when your world falls apart.

Description taken from Goodreads.


There’s a constant battle of hope and despair throughout CLOSE TO THE WIND, which I think was it’s real saving point. The suspense is well-done and the wording isn’t too lyrical that it would be wearing on a reader that doesn’t really enjoy stories written in verse. There are many others themes to this book such as loss and what refugees and war is like, and I think those things are all very important. This book would be a great one for tweens to read as a quick lesson or intro into these topics, and for that reason I really liked CLOSE TO THE WIND.

One thing that fell short for me in CLOSE TO THE WIND was world-building. I really didn’t see much of it or really descriptions of much, and I wanted a lot more than what I got. Other than that, I really enjoyed this book and I don’t think kids will mind  too much from an entertainment standpoint. It might be a falling for literary use, but it didn’t matter too much to me. 3.5 stars.

pg count for the hardback: 304

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