Books beginning with V
Attitude: Take Care
Dushma lives in a society where being registered is everything, she is not registered with the authorities due to a defect during pregnancy and so she is not entitled to do anything.
Coping with, SciFi
Attitude: Unobjectionable → Positive
Present-day Molly finds a fragment of the Victory's flag in the binding of an old book and starts to feel the echoes of Sam Robbins' life on board Nelson's ship at Trafalgar.
A lightweight pair of stories, each with its own poignancy, drawn together by the fragment of a flag from HMS Victory. Honest efforts of a family remarried after widowhood to get along. Brutality of life at sea in Nelson's Navy. Friendship and emnity on board ship. Cheerful and concerned family life. Very mild sexual references.
Family, Time-Travel, War
The story of an Indian village family, roughly contemporary.
The story of the voyage of several hundred Jews fleeing prewar Europe across the Atlantic.
Historical, Romantic, War
Style: Weak → Average
Attitude: Some Care Needed → Unobjectionable
Ben is captured by slave traders while Ned is rescued from the sea by friendly travelling entertainers who are themselves taken by the slave traders under false pretences.
Easy-reading adventure story with heroism and friendship. Simple characterisations. Surprisingly many violent deaths.
Adventure, Historical, Seafaring
Lord Hunter travels on the Arctic Tern with a message of peace from Queen Elizabeth of England to the King of Spain.
Remorse at assisting in an evil act, however tempted; redemption by finding and punishing the person responsible.
Adventure, Historical, Seafaring, Spooky
Lucy & Edmund along with Eustace their spoilt and peevish cousin find themselves on board a Narnian ship with King Caspian, travelling to the outer reaches of Narnia, encountering new creatures and strange places.
A voyage-of-discovery story with interesting people and challenges. Each character has to undergo a trial to grow in themselves.
Animal, Classic, Fantasy, Growing-Up, Magic
Davy was always the submissive one in the gang, always happy to follow the more boisterous Chris and Paula, until the discovery of an old human skeleton in a chilling wood sparked off haunting and hallucinations for Davy.
Not too much character development and too abrupt an ending; Viking paganism and some ghostly and tragic events.
Ransome is transported by the power of Malacandra, the oyarsa of Mars, to Venus (Perelandra) where intelligent life is beginning.
Classic, SciFi, Thought-provoking