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The Desperate Journey (Kelpies: Classic Kelpies) Paperback – 22 Mar 2012
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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
About the Author
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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Top Customer Reviews
I re-read it again last month and the best thing is the story itself holds up well. Kathleen Fidler has an economic touch to her prose; there's detail and imagery and the characters are well-described. The overall story itself is well-paced. After over 50 years since it was first published though, it does have its flaws. The characters don't have a lot of depth - which explains why some reviews attack the gender roles, but you need to remember it's set in the early 1800s. I don't think revisionism was on Fidler's agenda when she wrote it, nor should it be. Though Kate Murray - the mother - is written as a strong character, stubborn even. But the roles of the kids - Davie and Kirsty - are pretty stereotypical - though I'm saying that as an adult and parent now myself.
Overall though, it's a short, enjoyable book. And a welcome nostalgia trip for me.
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.
The Gaelic translation, An Turas Eiginneach is an excellent introduction to Gaelic prose for learners and I recommend it highly.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this should be required reading in all Scottish Primary Schools...This is how History should be taught...Published on 25 Oct. 2014 by mags
Brilliant book for children and adults of all ages. I've read this book 4 times and will definitely read it again.Published on 19 Oct. 2014 by Abigayil McFadyen
Read this book first at primary school and again as an adult and just like the first time I was transported to place in time full of wonder, discovery and adventure.Published on 30 Sept. 2014 by lynsey hosie
My daughter's favourite book. Well written & exciting. She was glued to this from start to finish! Would definitely recommend.Published on 6 Feb. 2013 by ljpno2