Sink or swim to survive. Solway’s black water...
Down by the coast, black water swirls and hides its secrets.
Dumfries, 1792. Henry may only be twelve, but he has already begun his training in the Excise, combating smuggling like his father does. But when a large smuggling schooner is stranded nearby, the stakes are high—even with reinforcements, and the newly recruited officer, a poet called Robert Burns. Musket re, obstructive locals, quicksand and cannonballs—it is a mission of survival.
As it turns out: Henry has a crucial part to play…
- A Scottish fast-paced smuggling adventure based on real events—by best-selling children’s author Barbara Henderson
- Set in Dumfries, featuring Scots, and a cameo appearance by Robert Burns
- Perfect whole-class novel to support work on Scots and/or Robert Burns and use story to bring this time period to life
Publication/ 31st Oct 2019
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