The Salt Stained Book - Julia Jones, Golden Duck Press
I did not think it would be possible to write a Ransome-type book for the present day; I was wrong.
Set on, and indeed in, the Rivers Orwell and Stour...
Lots of sound messing about in boats, some shrewd hits at "social services" and the police
Highly recommended by me, my 16 year old son and my 9 year old son (but only for 9 year olds who are advanced readers; its really aimed at young teens).
Just possibly, Social Services people and those who are bothered by "people of colour" may suffer a sense of humour failure; personally I think it is brilliant.
Do read this.