Synopsis (from GoodReads):
Sal planned it for almost a year before they ran. She nicked an Ordnance Survey map from the school library. She bought a compass, a Bear Grylls knife, waterproofs and a first aid kit from Amazon using credit cards she’d robbed. She read the SAS Survival Handbook and watched loads of YouTube videos.
And now Sal knows a lot of stuff. Like how to build a shelter and start a fire. How to estimate distances, snare rabbits and shoot an airgun. And how to protect her sister, Peppa. Because Peppa is ten, which is how old Sal was when Robert started on her.
Told in Sal’s distinctive voice, and filled with the silent, dizzying beauty of rural Scotland, Sal is a disturbing, uplifting story of survival, of the kindness of strangers, and the irrepressible power of sisterly love; a love that can lead us to do extraordinary and unimaginable things.Why I can’t wait to read Sal:
I’ve featured a lot of books in Waiting on Wednesday which fit right inside my comfort zone. In some ways this book isn’t exactly what I would chose. It is about a pair of sisters escaping abusive family. I’m not mad-keen on gritty urban reality. But that is where Sal looks special. It tackles a difficult topic side-on. It begins after the sisters run away. The rural setting and survival narrative look perfect for me, and I will hear about these different life experiences without feeling like a fly-on-the-wall to horrible scenes.
The agent website gives me the impression this is about girls who need to stop surviving and start living. I want to know how long they will stay in their tent in the wilderness, and what will draw them back into everyday life.
I love castaway stories, and this doesn’t sound too dissimilar. It is about survival skills and isolation and learning to fight for oneself. This sounds metaphorical of the girls’ situation, and that intrigues me.
It sounds as if Sal will do anything for Peppa. The result is I want things to turn out well for Sal. Whatever Sal gets wrong, her heart is in the right place and I am ready to follow her and rooting for things to turn out right.
Sal by Mick Kitson
Canongate Books Ltd
NB. I received a copy of Sal from the publisher. The same thing happened last week, and I think it may happen occasionally as I now receive some ARCs. Waiting on Wednesday is always written prior to reading or perusing the books, and the thoughts are entirely my own.