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Lawrence, Iain
New York : Delacorte, 1998
IL 5-8  RL 4.2

ISBN 0385325355

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

During the 18th century, the rocky, isolated coast of Cornwall, England, was a treacherous spot for cargo ships.  Lanterns on the high cliffs could light the way to safety, or they could lure ships and their crews to certain death and destruction on the rocks below.  Fourteen-year-old John Spencer, aboard his father's ship, the "Isle of Skye", faces a dilemma: were the local villagers rescuers or wreckers? (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

Booktalk #2

John and his father are dashed to the rocky Cornwall coast during a voyage to deliver goods.  The lights on the cliffs belong to the Wreckers, those who live off the misfortune of others.  John soon learns that his father is being held prisoner and must rescue him, but without knowing who he can trust, perhaps least of all his father who had something of value on board the ship besides cargo.  With the help of the niece of the man he believes to be the leader of the Wreckers, John finds his father in one of literature's most compelling descriptions, down a brick tunnel just above the waterline.  Will John have the skill to save his father?  Will he be able to judge who to trust and who to hide from?  This is truly a page turner with non-stop action and horrific danger that leaves readers wanting more.  (New Hampshie Great Stone Face Committee)

SUBJECTS:     Shipwrecks -- Fiction
                        Survival -- Fiction
                        Cornwall (England : County) -- Fiction
                        Fathers and sons -- Fiction
                        England -- Fiction.


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