Nicola Skinner

Starboard: The most original children’s book of 2021 from award-winning author Nicola Skinner

The extraordinarily inventive and inspiring new middle grade novel from the rapturously acclaimed author of BLOOM.

This is the story of Kirsten, an apparently happy and successful 11-year-old YouTube star who meets a ship that comes alive… and is claimed by it as its new captain as it breaks free from its dry dock.

Inspired by the true history of the SS Great Britain, Starboard is about the friendship, heroism and bravery that you can find in others, whether they’re made of flesh or iron. It’s about taking control of your own life and going on epic adventures. But most of all, it’s about finding out who you really dare to be, when you’re completely out of your depth…

Praise for BLOOM:

‘A hilarious, beautiful book… a blooming marvellous read’ Onjali Q. Rauf, author of The Boy at the Back of the Class
‘A riotous, original and timely reminder that sometimes rules are made to be broken.’ Guardian Books of the Year
‘A cracking debut… fresh and fun’ Times Children’s Book of the Week
‘Delightful… Humorous, original…’ Amanda Craig, New Statesman
‘A gorgeous debut… assured, funny, compelling’ Guardian
‘Original, surprising and wonderfully surreal’ The Bookseller

Praise for STORM:

‘Hugely inventive’ Independent
‘Funny, moving and surprising, told with real wisdom and heart’ The Bookseller
‘Surprising and endearing’ Daily Mail