By Fiona Foden
A humorous, touching tale approximately existence adjustments, friendship and primary love. Josie has lived on her boat, Promise, her complete lifestyles. She unearths it more uncomplicated to stroll on deck than she does to stroll on land. yet Promise has been condemned, and in flip, Josie is condemned to survive dry land. Then she meets Leon, a boy from her neighbourhood...
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A Kiss, a Dare and a Boat Called Promise by Fiona Foden