Punch by Barbara Henderson


Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run. Runaway Phin’s journey across Victorian Scotland with an escaped prisoner and a dancing bear.


Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run.


Smoke belches out through the market entrance.

And me?

I turn and run.

Inverness 1889. When 12-year-old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears. But will Phin clear his name? And what can he do when memories of a darker, more terrible crime begin to haunt him?

*Shortlisted for the Crystal Kite (awarded by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)*


Praise for Punch

PUNCH is good proper storytelling, packed with colourful characters, shifting settings and real tension. Like Punch’s nose I was hooked and with Phineas every fleeing, hiding, performing page of the way.
Janis MacKay

Vivid, exhilarating, and heartwarming; a dramatic and colourful tale of life on the run.
John K Fulton


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