Lampie and the Children of the Sea
Lampie and the Children of the Sea by Annet Schaap, translation: Laura Watkinson
(Pushkin Press, 2019, 335 pages.)
Disaster strikes and adventure begins when a lighthouse keeper's daughter realises she has run out of matches at the critical moment. Winner of major prizes in the Netherlands.
Lampie and the Children of the Sea is a prizewinning and enchanting fairytale adventure, set in a world of mermaids, pirates and stormy seas.
Every evening Lampie the lighthouse keeper's daughter must light a lantern to warn ships away from the rocks. But one stormy night disaster strikes. The lantern goes out, a ship is wrecked and an adventure begins.
In disgrace, Lampie is sent to work as a maid at the Admiral's Black House, where rumour has it that a monster lurks in the tower. But what she finds there is stranger and more beautiful than any monster. Soon Lampie is drawn into a fairytale adventure in a world of mermaids and pirates, where she must fight with all her might for friendship, freedom and the right to be different.