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Quest for a Kelpie

Frances Mary Hendry

£5.99

Range: Kelpies Paperback 192 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863155802 Publication date: 24 May 2007
Genre: Adventure and Thriller Theme: Scottish Folklore Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in north-east Scotland. She lives a simple, quiet life until a gypsy warns her of a greater fate than she ever dreamed: that she, a poor working girl, would decide the fate of two kings.

As Jeannie tries to comes to terms with her destiny, she is plunged into adventure and danger which could determine the future of her country. One final test remains: risking her life by riding the Kelpie, the most feared monster in all of Scotland.

This is a fast-moving, thrilling story set at one of the crucial moments in Scotland's history.

Reviews

'This book gives a good picture of life at the time. A very skilful use of the first person. An exciting story, a detailed and authentic historical background and even a touch of traditional legend. What more could anyone ask for?'
-- Mary Moffat, The Historical Novels Review

'Like Mollie Hunter's novels, this is based on historical fact and gives an excellent sense of the period. The language of the people of the north east is effectively rendered, but does not create a barrier to the reader.'
-- Treasure Island: A guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10-14, Summer 2003

'This fast-moving thriller, set at one of the crucial moments in Scotland's history, is bound to be a big hit with young readers - and no doubt a few adults also!'
-- Stewart Peterson, Greenock Telegraph

'A new edition of an award-winning classic children's tale which will appeal to younger readers today.'
-- The Scots Magazine, May 2008

Quest for a Kelpie

Author

Frances Mary Hendry won the first BBC 'Quest for a Kelpie' competition, and has gone on to write over a dozen books for children, most recently the Ladiatrix Trilogy. She lives in Nairn, Scotland.

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