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:

Book Launch: The Chessmen Thief with Barbara Henderson & Kirsty Crommie

Did you miss the The Chessmen Thief Book Launch with Barbara Henderson & Kirsty Crommie? Catch up with the online event here as we celebrate the launch and publication of Barbara Henderson’s sixth children novel. Sit back, relax and listen to Barbara and book blogger Kirsty Crommie in conversation as they talk about this thrilling Viking adventure!
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Full of imagination and adventure, this is a book with the perfect combination of ancient Norse and Scottish culture, of intrigue and crime and the inherent magic of folk tales and poetry
Gemma E McLaughlin


Win. Lose. Survive.

I was the boy with a plan. Now I am the boy with nothing.

From the moment 12-year-old Kylan hatches a plan to escape from his Norse captors, and return to Scotland to find his mother, his life becomes a dangerous game. 
The precious Lewis Chessmen pieces—which he helped carve—hold the key to his freedom, but he will need all his courage and wit to triumph against Sven Asleifsson, the cruellest Viking in the realm. One false move could cost him his life.

Barbara Henderson has woven a thrilling origin story around the enduring mystery of the Lewis Chessmen, their creation in Norway, and how they ended up buried in the Hebrides before being discovered on Lewis in 1831.

Anne Glennie, Publisher @cranachanbooks

Barbara Henderson, Author @scattyscribbler

Kirsty Crommie, Book Blogger @KCrommie