I’ve been haunted most of my life by a book I’ve never been able to identify. In the final year of junior school our teacher had an operation and while she was off recovering we moved in with the class across the hall. They were reading a brilliant book together, taking it in turns to read sections aloud. I loved it, but our teacher came back before we finished and in the end-of-term kerfuffle I forgot about the story. Later, when I remembered, we’d left the school and the book and its author were lost in time, like tears in the rain.
It’s about a boy who spends the summer holidays staying with his best friend’s family in their isolated house on a beach. There are legends of pirates in the area, and the boys discover they’re both dreaming the same dreams in which they’re taken back in time and actually meet the pirates. They take sides, the hero on the side of law and order and his now ex-friend in with the pirates. They fall out in real life, but try to keep their mutual antagonism hidden from the family.
That’s as far as I got. Anyone recognise it?