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Description - The Smugglers by Iain Lawrence

Eleven-year-old Darcy Webster is hoping for a Christmas miracle to bring her father home from the war. Eleven-year-old Darcy hasn't lived in any one place long enough to have a best friend - until her family settles in Frenchtown and she meets Kathleen Mary O'Hara. Darcy is spellbound by Kathleen Mary's vivid tales of Catholicism. She shows Darcy a world beyond Frenchtown: a world of daring games and secrets, of sins and miracles. With Darcy's father off fighting the war somewhere in Europe, Kathleen Mary couldn't have come into her life at a better time. Then, just as suddenly as they appeared, Kathleen Mary and her family disappear. While Darcy waits to hear from her, she learns that her father is missing in action. Christmas is coming, and Darcy is unsure about the power of God's love. Will the miracle she hopes for really happen?

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780440415961
ISBN-10: 0440415969
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 135mm x 14mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Random House USA Children's Books
Publisher: Random House USA Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Smugglers by Iain Lawrence

US Kirkus Review » In this companion to The Wreckers(1998), Lawrence provides more adventures on the high seas. When John Spencer's father buys the mysterious black schooner, the Dragon, the 16-year-old boy is excited until he learns that he must make the ship's maiden voyage without his father. Among the bad omens: Mr. Spencer survives a shooting, and later, the captain they've hired is killed. Mr. Spencer is convinced that their affairs are looking better when he hires the colorful Captain Crowe to assume command of the vessel. No sooner does the schooner sail out of harbor than Crowe changes course unexpectedly, claiming that he has new orders. Crowe, of course, is a pirate, as are the scalawags he's hired, and in no time, John is trapped with the scurrilous crew. When it seems that John will be fed to the fish by Crowe, he escapes and lives to see the cur hanged on his beloved Dragon. The storytelling is broad but the details are fine: Lawrence has packed his tale full of vivid descriptions that are swarming with historical detail, painting as honest a picture of piracy as readers are likely to encounter. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Iain Lawrence

Robert Cormier is the distinguished author of many award-winning novels.

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