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Set in the far future where the rising sea level has changed the world, Raider's Ransom is a fast, adventure-filled, swashbuckling read that draws one in from the very beginning. When the Prime Minister's daughter is kidnapped by raiders, it is up to 13-year-old Lily to rescue the child and save her village's reputation... Winner of the first London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, Raider's Ransom is recommended for readers in grades four through eight.
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Winner of the inaugural Chicken House/London Times Children's Fiction Competition, which called it "a funny, clever, towering adventure."

It's the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the prime minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. "If I save his daughter," Lilly reasons, "the prime minister's sure to reward me." Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!

Review:

"This watery — and watertight — adventure, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in the U.K., takes place in the 23rd century after 'the Collapse,' which survivors interpret as 'punishment for the greed of the olden times.' Inhabitants of villages, the waterlogged city of 'Lunden,' and marshes controlled by raiders survive by fishing or by searching ancient landfills for 'stuff the olden-times folks thought was rubbish.' Two 13-year-old protagonists, Lilly, a fisher, and Zeph, a raider, narrate. After raiders attack Lilly's fishing village and kidnap Lexy, the prime minister's daughter, Lilly seeks to prevent war by disguising herself as a boy and attempting to offer a jewel for Lexy's ransom. Her plans go awry when her DNA activates the jewel, which is actually a computer that awakens with entertaining peevishness: 'Am I safe? Is someone going to smash me?' When Lilly and Zeph meet, an unlikely friendship develops due to their shared moral compass (both question their elders' supposed wisdom). Good-hearted, engaging protagonists, dramatic sea battles, a solid sense of humor, and a novel blend of medieval and futuristic technologies distinguish this notable debut. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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EMILY DIAMAND is a lifelong environmental activist, and her concern for the earth greatly influenced the story of RAIDERS' RANSOM, her debut novel and the winner of the inaugural London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. She lives with her husband and son in Yorkshire, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780545142977
Author:
Diamand, Emily
Publisher:
Chicken House
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Raiders' Ransom
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20091231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
08-12

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Product details 352 pages Chicken House - English 9780545142977 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Set in the far future where the rising sea level has changed the world, Raider's Ransom is a fast, adventure-filled, swashbuckling read that draws one in from the very beginning. When the Prime Minister's daughter is kidnapped by raiders, it is up to 13-year-old Lily to rescue the child and save her village's reputation... Winner of the first London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition, Raider's Ransom is recommended for readers in grades four through eight.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This watery — and watertight — adventure, winner of the Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition in the U.K., takes place in the 23rd century after 'the Collapse,' which survivors interpret as 'punishment for the greed of the olden times.' Inhabitants of villages, the waterlogged city of 'Lunden,' and marshes controlled by raiders survive by fishing or by searching ancient landfills for 'stuff the olden-times folks thought was rubbish.' Two 13-year-old protagonists, Lilly, a fisher, and Zeph, a raider, narrate. After raiders attack Lilly's fishing village and kidnap Lexy, the prime minister's daughter, Lilly seeks to prevent war by disguising herself as a boy and attempting to offer a jewel for Lexy's ransom. Her plans go awry when her DNA activates the jewel, which is actually a computer that awakens with entertaining peevishness: 'Am I safe? Is someone going to smash me?' When Lilly and Zeph meet, an unlikely friendship develops due to their shared moral compass (both question their elders' supposed wisdom). Good-hearted, engaging protagonists, dramatic sea battles, a solid sense of humor, and a novel blend of medieval and futuristic technologies distinguish this notable debut. Ages 8 — 12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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