Kid’s Book Review: Tripwrecked

Kid’s Book Review: Tripwrecked

About the Book and Author

Disaster strikes on a school trip in this hilariously slapstick introduction to Shakespeare’s The Tempest by Ross Montgomery (published by Barrington Stoke so it is accessible to dyslexic readers). The story contains black and white illustrations by Mark Beech. If you scroll down you can see some examples of his artwork.

Frank and his drama club are off on a dream school trip to perform The Tempest at a festival. But it turns into a nightmare when their ferry is hit by a terrible storm! Half of the actors wash up on a sandy shore and they can’t believe their eyes. Is this a desert island? Why is there strange music coming from the forest? Where are the rest of the cast? To Frank, it all sounds strangely like the plot of The Tempest and he hasn’t got a clue how they’re going to get out of this mess. One thing’s for sure … they’ve been tripwrecked!

Tripwrecked cover
Ross Montgomery

In his own words Ross Montgomery writes weird and wonderful books for children. He is an award-winning author of many stories as a former teacher does fantastic events in schools.

Visit his website to find out more.

Book Review

There is a fantastic twist at the end, that I did not see coming

Tripwrecked is about a theatre troupe who are about to play Shakespeare’s The Tempest. They are on a boat travelling to an island and a lot of the same things from the play happen to them in real life. They encounter bad weather, scary monsters and lack of food. Some of their own troupe make decisions that make life harder for the rest.

Two of the main characters who are usually quite quiet, step up to lead the group to ensure everyone survives the ordeal. There is a fantastic twist at the end, that I did not see coming.

There were some really bossy characters who the author did a great job of making me dislike. I enjoyed reading this, it is a quick read with lots of action.

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Reviewer Profile

Jonah young reviewer
  • Name: Jonah
  • Age: 8 years
  • Likes: Watching YouTube, Lego and reading
  • Dislikes: Homework, chores and mushrooms
  • Favourite Book: Adventures on Trains by M.G.Leonard
  • Favourite Song: Wonderwall by Oasis
  • Favourite Film: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban