The Real Robert Burns Author Event Competitions

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us today—we hope you enjoyed joining Barbara and Victoria to celebrate Burns Day. Here you can find all the details for the competitions—get your entries in! If you’re looking for the free Reflective Reading resource packs for each book, click here to download.

We hope you might consider purchasing copies of these wonderful books—available on our website and in all the usual places. And if you’ve enjoyed the event today, please consider buying us a virtual coffee here: I think the authors definitely deserve a cuppa after that!

Did you miss the event? No worries—simply click here to watch the recording!

Barbara’s Smuggler ‘WANTED’ Poster Competition

Please design a ‘Wanted’ poster for a Smuggler. Be sure to include a picture—make him or her look like a real baddie, as well as the reward, date, place and details of their crime. You could even give them a scary sounding nickname. It needs to be eye-catching and old-looking. Have fun!

• The competition is open to any primary school pupils in P4-P7/Y3-Y6—only one entry per pupil.
• The poster should be completed on plain A4 paper—no ready-print templates.
• You can enter by emailing a photo of each poster to, or by tweeting images to @scattyscribbler using #SmugglerBurns.
•If you prefer to post class entries, please email me at for a postal address and include entrant’s name, school address and primary class/year on the back of each poster. Please do not post entries to the Cranachan Books office!
• The winner will receive a Quicksand Swamp kit, a reading light for secret night-time reading and certificate.
• Two Runners-up will receive a reading light for secret night-time reading and certificate.
• Winning entries will be displayed on my website:
• Closing date for entries is Friday 4th March 2022.

Victoria’s Hag Storm Magic Spell Competition

Simply click to download a copy of the following:

Magic Spell Competition Rules and Items to Inspire a Spell

Entry Form

Ordering Books for Schools

Our books are available to purchase online and in all good bookshops. Should you wish to buy class sets, or place a bulk order as part of a library refresh, we are pleased to offer the following discounts.


Enter code at checkout, max discount on Reflective Reading orders is 25%

By buying your books directly from Cranachan you are helping support a small Scottish business and our authors—thank you 😀

For order queries email us at:

Cover Reveal: The Rewilders by Lindsay Littleson

We are super excited to reveal the cover for The Rewilders. Written by Carnegie-nominated author Lindsay Littleson, The Rewilders will be our first title of 2022 and is out on 3rd March. After Esmé’s gran accidentally steals a lynx kitten, Esmé and school ‘bad boy’ Calum, take on a dangerous mission to return it to the wild in the Scottish Highlands in this thrilling tale with themes of rewilding, conservation, growing up and friendship at its heart.

The wild is waiting…

Esme is annoyed and braced for boredom when she’s sent to stay with her gran for the weekend, until she discovers a terrible mistake. Cora, the abandoned kitten Gran found on the Rothiecraig Estate, is in fact a wild lynx kit and she is growing—fast!

Suddenly, Esme find herself on a dangerous mission to rewild Cora, along with Callum Docherty for company, the school’s ‘bad boy’, and Shug, the worst guard dog in the world.

The situation takes a terrifying turn when the children pitch their tents on a bleak Highland moor and hear wolves howling outside…

The Rewilders by Lindsay Littleson
Children’s Fiction 8-12 | Contemporary | Environment | Set in Scotland
978-1-911279-93-8 | £7.99 |3rd March 2021
B-format PB | tbc pp

Cranachan Catalogue Children’s and YA 2021

Welcome to this year’s Cranachan Catalogue. Curl up with a cuppa and browse our brand new titles for 2021 and our braw backlist too.

Open a book and open a door to another world: play a deadly game of chess against the cruellest Viking in the realm; prepare for the race of your life in the run up to this year’s Olympic games; face a storm of witches at the Auld Kirk in Alloway; and return to Eilanmor for a faerie battle in The Sword of Light…

Your adventures await!

Cover reveal: The Race by Roy Peachey

We are finally able to reveal the cover for The Race by Roy Peachey. Out on 3rd June, with sport as the central subject, The Race combines contemporary drama with illuminating historical flashbacks, and explores crucial themes including, adoption, racism, family and friendship. An inspiring tale of perseverance and personal achievement, it’s a perfect read for young people in the run up to the 2021 Olympics.

The Race by Roy Peachey

Get ready for the race of your life…

12-year-old Lili is preparing to race in front of the Queen as part of her school’s anniversary celebrations. Having been adopted from China as a baby, Lili also has issues to work through. When her training is thrown into chaos by events outside her control, she must choose between family and the race of her life.

Meanwhile in 1944, Eric Liddell, hero of the 1924 Olympics, finds himself in a war zone. Separated from his family, he is getting ready to run his final race in a prison camp in China. But his lifelong principles are challenged by the imprisoned children he is trying to help…

Praise for The Race

‘An original, immensely readable take on the Eric Liddell story for the 21st century.’ 


‘Not your typical happily ever after, Roy has written a wonderfully relatable and inclusive tale, where all are welcome, and the beauty of sport brings everyone together in the end. There are life lessons to be learned in this inspiring story with friendship at its heart.’

International Rugby Player and Former Commonwealth Games Athlete

The Race by Roy Peachey

Children’s Fiction 8-12 | Contemporary | Sport (Olympics tie-in)

978-1-911279-83-9 | £7.99 |3rd June 2021

B-format PB | 200 pp tbc

Cranachan to launch new YA imprint

Island-based publisher, Cranachan, is to launch a brand-new Young Adult imprint ‘Gob Stopper’. Adding to their successful Pokey Hat imprint, which specialises in high quality historical fiction for 8-12-year olds, Cranachan hope to extend their readership by targeting teen readers in Scotland.

The Gob Stopper imprint will include a clutch of strong, Scottish-set titles. Ross Sayers, whose debut novel with Cranachan, Mary’s the Name, was shortlisted for the Saltire First Book Award in 2017, will be the first author published under the new imprint with his latest novel, Sonny and Me, out in May 2019.

Written in Scots and set in a fictitious Stirling secondary school, Sonny and Me, is described as Still Game meets Gregory’s Girl. The story follows two pals, Daughter and Sonny, as they try to get through fourth year at high school. When their favourite teacher leaves unexpectedly, and no one will say why, the boys decide to start their own investigation. As they dig deeper into the staff at Battlefield High, they discover a dark secret which one person will kill to protect… Will they uncover the truth without being expelled? Can their friendship survive when personal secrets are revealed? And will they manage to skive off double English?

Cranachan’s Publicity and Sales Manager, Kelly Macdonald, says “we want to publish books that are relevant; that teens can identify with the themes and recognise themselves in the pages. Sonny and Me is YA at its best for Scottish teenagers: it’s fresh, funny, and it explores diversity and LGBT issues too. With two male protagonists, we are also hopeful that Sonny and Me could reach some of the hard-to-reach reluctant readers in schools too.”

Further titles to be released under the new imprint include Girl in a Cage by literary heavyweights Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris, about Robert the Bruce’s daughter Marjorie and her kidnapping by the Edward 1 and The Stone of Destiny, an epic fantasy series by debut author Caroline Logan, which is described as Outlander meets Lord of the Rings.

Sonny and Me by Ross Sayers is out in May 2019.

As they like to say at Cranachan HQ – ‘the proof of the pudding is in the reading.’


Editor’s Notes

For further information, or to obtain Advance Review Copies of forthcoming titles, please contact:

Kelly Macdonald

07511 223127

Release issued by:

Kelly Macdonald

Cranachan Publishing

07511 223127

About Cranachan Publishing

Established at the beginning of 2016, Cranachan publish high quality children’s fiction and nonfiction, under the Pokey Hat imprint.  Readers, young and old alike, can escape to Scotland by experiencing its culture and history through the medium of story, wherever they live in the world. Cranachan also publish educational resources for teachers. Their new YA imprint, Gob Stopper is launching in 2019.  @cranachanbooks

Cranachan Publishing signs debut Scottish YA author Caroline Logan

Caroline Logan

The author’s first title, The Stone of Destiny, is an action-packed fantasy novel with a distinctly Scottish heart. Featuring mysterious creatures from Scottish myths and folklore, the book also uses Gaelic and makes the most of Scotland as the setting.

 Anne Glennie, Publisher, says she is delighted to welcome Aviemore-based author, Caroline Logan, to the Clan Cranachan family: “We are thrilled and excited to be adding such an exceptional fantasy writer to our growing Gob Stopper list.  Caroline’s first book The Stone of Destiny is going to kick off a new Young Adult fantasy series, ‘The Four Treasures’, with a bang and we think fans of the genre are going to be hooked on the Ailsa, the strong, sword-wielding main character, and the assortment of Scottish folk races she encounters. Caroline’s writing is fresh and exciting, exactly what we look for in our Cranachan titles.”


Logan, who is a biology teacher at Kingussie High School said: “I am so excited to be part of the creative and dynamic Clan Cranachan team. Anne and Kelly are so enthusiastic, and our discussions have left me brimming with ideas. I’m looking forward to introducing readers to Ailsa and the land of Eilanmor, with its magic and myths, and I hope they are as captivated by her journey as I was.”

 Perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Susan Dennard, The Stone of Destiny by Caroline Logan will be published in October 2019 by Cranachan Publishing.