Sally Jones and the False Rose
by Jakob Wegelius
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Pub Date 25 Oct 2022 | Archive Date 04 Sep 2022
Pushkin Press, Pushkin Children's Books
When Sally Jones and The Chief discover a curious rose-shaped necklace hidden onboard their beloved Hudson Queen, it's the start of another perilous adventure for the seafaring gorilla and her faithful friend. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery, they set sail for Glasgow, but there fall into the clutches of one of the city's most ruthless gangs, commanded by a fearsome smuggler queen who will stop at nothing to snatch the necklace for herself.
Held prisoner hundreds of miles from friendship and safety, Sally Jones must use all her strength, determination and compassion to escape and unravel the mysterious story of the False Rose - a twisting tale leading all the way from Lisbon to Shetland and the South Seas.
Average rating from 5 members
I had enjoyed the Murderer's Ape so I was excited that Sally Jones was returning. This had everything I was hoping for from the description. The characters had the same charm and I really enjoyed getting to go on this adventure with them. The plot was again wonderfully done and it had what I enjoyed from this type of book. Jakob Wegelius has a great writing style and I hope there is more in this universe.
" I recognized Moira first. She hadn’t changed a great deal One evening Bernie had an accident. While reaching up for even though the photograph must be at least thirty years old."
I've definitely never read a book from the perspective of a gorilla before, but Sally Jones and the False Rose is a tremendous story of adventure, unlikely friendships and mystery. Set across Europe, from Lisbon to Scotland, the story follows Sally Jones and her Captain as they try to unravel the mystery of the treasure they find in their ship.
Along the way, you are introduced to a myriad of characters, both good and bad, and the scenes set immerse you deeply into the narrative. I loved the book, and although different to my usual reads, I'm glad the cover drew me in because the story, whilst appropriate for younger audiences, would also suit adult readers too. I found myself gripped by the hints that the author dropped throughout the book, wishing that I could shout at Sally Jones and point her in the right direction! Thoroughly enjoyable.
This is a wonderful adventure story again featuring the indomitable Sally Jones and Henry Hoskela.This time they are on the search for the owner of a pearl necklace discovered on their boat.The tale features an array of curious and eccentric characters and Sally Jones proves herself more than capable during an array of dangerous escapades.What makes this book and the predecessor so likeable is the warmth we feel towards Sally, Henry,Ana. and Luigi as well as Bernie the Butcher( never judge a book by its cover). The adventure is fast paced and set primarily in Glasgow and a world of gangs - think Peaky Blinders for children . Roll on the next instalment- Jakob Wegelius has created a gem and Peter Graves has produced a great translation
If you loved The Murderer's Ape like I did, you are going to love this must-read sequel. This is a new story about Sally Jones and the Chief., after they find a mysterious rose necklace hidden on their boat. Of course, there is danger and interesting characters throughout. Another fun adventure for these two characters!
With the Hudson Queen still in a sorry state, the Chief and Sally Jones – the best gorilla to choose as ship's engineer, musical instrument repairer, or all-round hard labourer – are taking any and every job going to get the cash to put her right. The Chief then is en route to Brazil for a month, leaving Sally Jones – who has been gifted a gig at a fairground, and is busy repairing instruments, and is needed to help at a medical quarantine emergency – run ragged with work. But somebody else is burning the candle at both ends – the man who gave her the fairground work in the first place is hunting for something on the Hudson Queen behind her back. When the Chief and Sally Jones fluke their way to finding it instead, it starts off a right royal parade of ups and downs in this second full-length novel from this most charming of universes.
Although… this felt like the weakest of the three Sally Jones books, which range from the quickly-read graphic novel that presents her backstory, to the other doorstopper of prose I first met her with. I think this is perhaps a mixture of things that makes me feel this – familiarity breeding discontent, and wanting something a bit more than we have here, perhaps, and also it could be said that having read said graphic novel, that takes us round the world and back in a hundred pages, this felt more humdrum and staid for losing all sense of the exotic.
There certainly are lashings of charged moments in this book – many threats to life, many mysteries, many unusual callbacks to characters and events from earlier on (most of those annoying, however, as we can work it out while Sally Jones seems unable to have any recall of anything necessary, nor nearly enough spider-sense). But I longed to see more of the world, and when we're stuck in Glasgow, of all places, it felt a missed opportunity for all the travel and new characters we could have been witness to.
However I still think four stars is right for this – it remains a rich read, in a charming set-up, and the many pages still turn at a lick. Declaring this the most average of the three is not to dismiss it as poor, for it lowers the quality of a very classy set of books. We're always gunning for Sally Jones, a character that at least the other books allowed us to love, and things here remain distinctive, even when you don't factor in the unique nature of our narrator/heroine. There are few books doing something like this – a mix of animal story and human potboiler, and it remains a pleasure to have them out and about for us to choose. My enthusiasm did drop with this example, however – and I have no idea if this far-from-prolific author will allow Sally Jones to return or not. Pretty much all of us reading this would still wish to be on board, though.
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