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In 1842, Christopher Robertson’s family lives a difficult life as “crofters,” farmers and fishermen so in debt to the landowner that they have no hope of ever breaking free. To make matters worse, Christopher also lives under the thumb of his morally questionable father and devious brother. When his brother frames him for the theft of their father’s secret bag of coins, Christopher must leave his home and embark on a journey across the island to return the coins and clear his name. It’s a journey that takes twists and turns, including stops in prison, on a smuggler’s ship, and at the house of a beautiful girl—and it ends with him escaping to a new life in America, which has dangers of its own.
Winner of NH YA Novel Readers' Choice -- https://www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter/programs/literary.html
New England Book Festival 2016 YA Novel http://www.newenglandbookfestival.com/winners2016.html
About the Author
Years ago, Emilie Christie Burack discovered a set of brittle cassette tapes in a shoe box at the back of her father’s closet on which her late grandfather had recorded his family’s history. When she learned her ancestor had come from the islands “where they had little ponies with long hair,” she had to know more. She has traveled to the Shetland Islands and spent the last four years researching its history and unique Norse-Scots culture. She now resides in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. This is her first book.
"The story showcases the author’s talent for description and pacing...those who [invest in this title] will be well rewarded."
— Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC
"Burack's story moves at an engaging clip with enough thrills and historical detail to please many readers."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Set in 1842 and overflowing with historical detail, the novel...leads to a rewarding conclusion..."
— Publishers Weekly
"Debut author Burack infuses this gritty tale with plenty of historical detail... this unique historical adventure is illuminating."
— Sarah Hunter