Synopses & Reviews
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment—or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the kings men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.
"The political and religious turbulence of late 17th-century Scotland provides the setting for the hard, somber story of 16-year-old Maggie Blair, orphaned as a toddler and raised by her angry, impious grandmother on the Isle of Bute. Denounced as a witch by an avaricious neighbor and his opportunistic mistress, Maggie's grandmother is hanged, but Maggie escapes across the channel to the village of Kilmacolm, where her father's brother takes her in. That is not the end of her trouble, however, as echoes of the Monmouth Rebellion and the ideological martyrdom of the Covenanters engulf the family that has given her refuge. A five-time nominee for the Carnegie Medal, Laird (The Garbage King) writes assuredly, and Maggie's voice is honest and intrepid, despite the terrors surrounding her. Maggie never fails to recognize the few kindnesses she is shown or to forgive weakness when the intention is good, treasuring her drunken old friend Tam to the very end. Maggie's is not a story of hope rather, Laird celebrates courage, survival, and the spark of independence that carries Maggie through. Ages 12 up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Loving Ben -- Delacorte Press 1988 (no paperback edition in the US)
Published as Red Sky in the Morning in UK
Reviews include: starred review in School Library Journal Sept 1989
A best book of the year, American Library Association
Kirkus pointed review October 1989
Times Educational Supplement (London) "It is quite simply a wonderfully moving story about the power of love"
Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal
Kiss the Dust -- Dutton Children's Books 1992
Paperback Puffin 1994
Starred review Publishers Weekly
NCSS-CBC Notable 1992 Children's Trade Book in the field of Social Studies
1993 YALSA Best Books for Young Adults
Nominated Utah Young Adults Book Award 1995
Winner of the Sheffield Book Award
Winner of the Royal Dutch Geographical Society Glass Globe Award
Secret Friends -- Penguin Putnam USA 1998
Winner of The Children's Book Award (UK)
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal
Jake's Tower -- Barrons Juveniles 2002
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Book Award
The Garbage King -- Barrons Juveniles 2003
Winner of the Scottish Arts Council Children's Book of the Year award and the Stockport Book award.
Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, the Blue Peter Award, the Salford Children's Book Award, the Calderdale Children's Book Award, the Lincolnshire Young People's Book Award, the Stockton Children's Book of the Year, the West Sussex Children's Book Award, the Portsmouth Book Award and the Sheffield Children's Book Award.
A Little Piece of Ground -- Haymarket Books 2006
Winner of the Hampshire Book Award
Shortlisted for the Southern Schools Book Award
Oranges in No Man's Land -- Haymarket Books, 2008
Winner of the KS2 Hull Children's Book Award.
Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award, the North East Book Award, the Rotherham Children's Book Award, the West Sussex Children's Book Award and the Canadian Surrey Schools Book Award.
"This is a beautifully crafted novel to be savored for its symbolic language, historical atmosphere, and vivid characters."—School Library Journal, starred review "Laird celebrates courage, survival, and the spark of independence that carries Maggie through."—Publishers Weekly "Fine and effortless prose, creating instantly gripping characters and setting ."—Kirkus Reviews
While disguised as a boy, Jacky Faber experiences adventure and romance on the high seas in this exciting page turner.
Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin
is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.
There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught. . . .
In seventeenth-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment--or worse. Accused of being a witch, sixteen-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged. She escapes, but instead of finding shelter with her principled, patriotic uncle, she brings disaster to his door.
Betrayed by one of her own accusers, Maggie must try to save her uncle and his family from the king's men, even if she has to risk her own life in the process. Originally published in the UK, this book has a powerful blend of heart-stopping action and thought-provoking themes.
Sixteen-year-old Maggie, accused of being a witch in treacherous seventeenth-century Scotland, escapes imprisonment but brings disaster to her uncle's door. After she is betrayed, she must try to save her family from the King's men at all costs.
About the Author
L. A. Meyer (1942andndash;2014) was the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventure series, which follows the exploits of an impetuous heroine who has fought her way up from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. Mr. Meyer was an art teacher, an illustrator, a designer, a naval officer, and a gallery owner. All of those experiences helped him in the writing of his curious tales of the belo