Narrated By: Simon Vance
Duration: 4 hours and 16 minutes
What to expect
In London in 1735, eleven-year-old Forrest Harper is living with his family in the Tower of London. There he helps his father tend the ravens and guard the prisoners. Still, life is lonely. When vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest is delighted. Perhaps now he can prove his courage and impress the local bullies who torment him. His happiness is short-lived, though, when the Harpers are only given custody of Maddy, a Scottish Rebel’s daughter, for a rebel in a dress will surely make Forrest a laughingstock.
As the days pass, Maddy’s beauty and warmth and her touching stories of life in Scotland seal a friendship between them. But when she is slated for execution, Forrest is faced with a horrifying choice: commit treason and help her escape, or obey the law and allow his innocent friend to be executed.
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Historical fiction, Children’s / Teenage fiction: General fiction, Children’s / Teenage: Personal and social topics
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“An absorbing historical adventure with a unique and colorful setting…The novel can be read for its exciting plot and sympathetic characters, but readers will also sense its underlying theme of courage.”
“Vance’s characterizations are amazingly realistic. The story provides wonderful facts about the era, surroundings, and daily lives of characters from various economical strata. The action is fast-paced with surprises around every corner.”
“Suspense, excitement, and interesting characters…[The] message of judging people on their own merits and not on the basis of stereotypes comes across strongly.”
“Historical fiction with all of the danger, excitement, heroism, and adventure that attracts young boys—and many young girls—and helps make them life-long lovers of literature.”