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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Kelpies (22 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863158811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158810
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is a Scottish children's classic set in the 19th century, when a family is evicted during the Highland Clearances. Their journey is full of hardship, courage and adventure. A real must-read.' Wendy McCusker, Waterstone's Guide to Children's Books 'A stirring tale of adventure, hardship and new beginnings.' -- Shelf Life, Summer 2002 'What an action-packed tale!' -- Education Otherwise, June 2002 'Kathleen Fidler's well-paced narrative skilfully conveys the Murray's epic journey and the historical settings are convincingly portrayed. David and Kirsty Murray are spirited and resilient characters who engage the interest and sympathy of the reader.' -- Treasure Islands: A guide to Scottish fiction for young readers aged 10-14, Summer 2003

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Kathleen Fidler has enthralled generations of readers. She is the author of over eighty books for children, many of which were broadcast on BBC Radio Children's Hour. She died in 1980. The Kathleen Fidler Award helped launch the careers of many talented children's authors in the following two decades.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. N. Macleod on 21 May 2004
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this is an absolutely amazing tale of a young family in the scottish highlands forced off their land during the highland clearances and the deperate journey they undergo to make a new life for themselves.
first is the struggle to make ends meet in glasgow where a proud father is forced to depend on his children to bring home the money by working long and tiring hours in the cotton mills before begining a long trip to the new colonies in canada.
the new life in canada promises much but they find themselves having to fight for the land once they get there before finally finding peace and happiness in the new land.
this is a read for all ages and i would recommend it for all to read.
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Fantastic story, giving Scottish school pupils an insight in to how Scotland once was- history,geography, food and farming, mapwork. Brilliant link to Scotland and the Homecoming this year , our inter-disciplinary learning context!
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By Annette on 5 May 2013
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My daughter's class were doing this at school and we were asked to get it for her. She really loves the characters and although the story has its sad moments the characters make it great reading. She is reading ahead of what she need to and is thoroughy enjoying the story.
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By ljpno2 on 6 Feb 2013
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My daughter's favourite book. Well written & exciting. She was glued to this from start to finish! Would definitely recommend.
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This is an excellent story based on fact. The Highland Clearances in Scotland caused untold misery. The story of how one family coped and their life, first in Glasgow and then in the wilds of poineer Ameica, is well told and a good read. for nine year olds to adult.
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Great story, bought it for pupils in my class to update our selection and they are loving the story.
Good service as per usual. Ordered and delivered within the timescale.
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