Quest for a Kelpie by Frances Mary Hendry


Quest for a Kelpie by Frances Mary Hendry

It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in north-east Scotland. She lives a simple, quiet life until a gypsy warns her of a greater fate than she ever dreamed: that she, a poor working girl, would decide the fate of two kings. As Jeannie tries to comes to terms with her destiny, she is plunged into adventure and danger which could determine the future of her country. One final test remains: risking her life by riding the Kelpie, the most feared monster in all of Scotland. This is a fast-moving, thrilling story set at one of the crucial moments in Scotland's history. It was the winner of the first BBC 'Quest for a Kelpie' prize.


'This book gives a good picture of life at the time. A very skilful use of the first person. An exciting story, a detailed and authentic historical background and even a touch of traditional legend. What more could anyone ask for?'

'Like Mollie Hunter's novels, this is based on historical fact and gives an excellent sense of the period. The language of the people of the north east is effectively rendered, but does not create a barrier to the reader.'

-14, Summer 2003 'This fast-moving thriller, set at one of the crucial moments in Scotland's history, is bound to be a big hit with young readers - and no doubt a few adults also!

'A new edition of an award-winning classic children's tale which will appeal to younger readers today.'

About the Author

Frances Mary Hendry won the first BBC 'Quest for a Kelpie' competition, and has gone on to write over a dozen books for children, most recently the Ladiatrix Trilogy. She lives in Nairn, Scotland.

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192 pages
Interest Age: From 8


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Publication date

24th May 2007



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