The Wreck of the Argyll

John K. Fulton

A WWI spy thriller for children, The Wreck of the Argyll, won the Great War Dundee Children’s Book Prize in 2015.



Dundee, 1915.

When twelve-year-old Nancy suspects one of her teachers is a German spy, she ropes in the reluctant Jamie Balfour to help her uncover the scheme.

Midshipman Harry Melville is aboard HMS Argyll in the stormy North Sea, unaware of both hidden rocks and German plots that threaten the ship. Nancy and Jamie discover HMS Argyll is in deadly danger and they are drawn into a web of espionage, secrets, and betrayal, where no-one is as they seem and no-one can be trusted.


Praise for The Wreck of the Argyll

Theresa Breslin, the Carnegie Medal-winning author:
‘The book is a thrilling and fascinating story based on an actual exciting event.’

Allan Burnett, author and historian:
‘It’s an exciting and fast-paced spy thriller. The Wreck of the Argyll is my kind of story.’

Jo Clarke, children’s librarian (
‘… the perfect mix of brave children, dastardly villains and a totally dramatic but believable plot.’

Wendy at Little Bookness Lane:
‘… fast-paced with some great dialogue exchanges and there’s the most fantastic conclusion … It really is quite a little gem.’

Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher, at Moontrug:
‘… perfectly captures the clandestine world of spies and all the excitement and danger lurking there.’

Sonia Alejandra Rodriguez, at the American Library Association’s Booklist Online:
‘… the story is action-packed, fast-paced, and easy to follow, making it ideal for middle-grade readers.’

Julie Shatterly, at the School Library Journal:
‘Suspense slowly builds as Nancy pursues her theory, and the pacing reaches a fever pitch as her suspicions become confirmed… A satisfying World War I mystery with age-appropriate themes that will resonate with young readers.’

Children’s Historical Fiction
Publication Date: 19th February 2018
ISBN: 978-1-911279-29-7
eISBN: 978-1-911279-30-3