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The Runaway's Gold
by Emilie Christie Burack


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781419713699
  • ISBN-10: 1419713698
  • Publisher: Amulet Books
  • Publish Date: May 2015
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 8-14
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - Europe
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-23
  • Reviewer: Staff

Two dissimilar locales—the Shetland Islands and New York City—are the settings for debut author Burack’s ambitious story of 14-year-old Shetlander Christopher Robertson, on the run from the law in his village, where his family barely makes a living as tenant farmers and fishermen. Forced by his father to kill a neighbor’s ewe and framed by his older brother for the theft of his father’s pouch of coins, Christopher—after a stay in prison, among other dangerous escapades—ends up in New York, beholden to one Billy Tweed, on his way to becoming the infamous Boss Tweed of Tammany Hall. Set in 1842 and overflowing with historical detail, the novel makes generous use of dialect, which—along with a plot roving in time and packed with characters—requires concentration, but leads to a rewarding conclusion that intertwines a piece of early American history with Christopher and his Shetland home. Extensive back material explains the background of the Shetland Islands while separating the book’s fictional aspects from those rooted in history. Ages 8–14. Agent: Charlotte Sheedy, Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency. (May)

 
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