Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage by Sarah Forbes

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage

Written by Sarah Forbes
Illustrated by James Brown
Part of the Elspeth Hart Series

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Readers who enjoy wacky adventures stories that pitch resourceful children against devious, unscrupulous adults will love the Elspeth Hart books. In this adventure, Elspeth is chasing after her erstwhile kidnappers Miss Crabb and Gladys Goulash who have stolen her family’s secret Extra-special Sticky Toffee Sauce recipe, and this entails stowing away on a cruise ship. The two baddies are deliciously disgusting and in fact have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. They thoroughly deserve the treatment meted out by Elspeth and her friend Rory, who are more than a match not just for the villains but indeed all the grown-ups they encounter. This is lively, satisfying, unadulterated fun! ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first book in this series, Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-Offs. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Isabelle Preston, age 10 - 'I liked this book because of its mysterious manner. I liked the idea that a shy girl lives in a show-off school and that she was sto - oops almost gave the story away!'
  • Rachel Zinkin, age 8 - 'This book was funny and entertaining and full of adventure. I really liked this book and I am looking forward to the next one.'
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'A great easy-to-read book!'
  • Lily Benner, age 10 - 'I liked this book, it was interesting, funny and gruesome.'
  • Sabina Beinart- Smith, age 7 - 'This book is good because it had lots of unexpected things happening and surprises. My favourite character is Elspeth because she is caring and kind and helpful, unlike the bossy Tatiana Firensky!'
  • Evie Aconley, age 8 - 'The most exciting book I have ever read!! A must read for all those who like a good adventure.'
  • Amisha McCRystal, age 13 - 'A one of a kind book, that will blow your mind.  Sarah Forbes is the new Roald Dahl.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 9 - 'The book Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs is really good.'
  • Cora Willans - 'I think Miss Criag is REALLY mean.'


Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage by Sarah Forbes

Elspeth Hart and the Perilous Voyage is the second adventure featuring the fabulous Elspeth Hart, a modern heroine with doodles on her Converse trainers and unstoppable determination. Now she's finally free of the School for Show-offs, Elspeth is on a desperate mission to find her parents. She knows that Miss Crabb will have answers - but where can she find the vile woman? When Elspeth spots her on the news as a staff member on a luxury cruise ship, the chase is on. Elspeth is determined to get the answers she needs and she'll stop at nothing. Sneaking aboard the ship is easy enough, but setting sail was never part of the plan! All at sea, unable to find Crabb and still no closer to a reunion with her parents, things aren't looking good for Elspeth...

A fast-paced and funny story from a fresh new voice in children's fiction, Elspeth Hart's quirky adventures will delight fans of Roald Dahl, David Walliams and Lemony Snicket.

You can find out more about these books, find activities, games and downloads at www.elspethhart.com


'A wonderful tale brought brilliantly to life.' David Roberts, creator of Dirty Bertie

'Very funny and deliciously horrible.' Holly Webb, author of Lost in the Snow

About the Author

Sarah Forbes was born in Aberdeen and currently lives in Edinburgh. She used to work on magazines, interviewing pop stars for a living, but now she works as an editor, helping other writers to create their own stories. Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs was Sarah's debut novel.

Here is a letter from Sarah Forbes to author Anne Fine, who visited her home town when she was eight and made a lasting impression.

Dear Anne Fine,
You won’t remember this, but in the late 1980s you visited Stonehaven Library as part of an author tour. Stonehaven is a lovely place: a small seaside resort on the east coast of Scotland near Aberdeen. It has an open-air swimming pool and a ruined castle. These days it’s famous for being the home of the deep-fried Mars bar. (Yes, I have eaten a deep-fried Mars bar. No, that isn’t why I’m writing this.)

I remember your visit vividly because I was an avid, avid reader of your books. You coming to town was like having a famous pop star parachute in for the day. The excitement of having an actual, real author come to speak to us! Someone whose books I could reach out and touch on the library shelves in the children’s section upstairs where you did your event.

For a kid living in a big literary city like Edinburgh or London, meeting authors might not be such a big deal. Authors tend to work hard to promote their books and the ones I know do as many events as they can. But let me tell you, rural Aberdeenshire in the 80s was not a hotbed of literary discovery, and you coming to town meant a lot. I think that was the point when I realized writing could be a career. Maybe one day, I could be a writer too.

Many, many years later, I found myself back in the children’s section of Stonehaven Library promoting my own children’s books. That felt incredibly weird and incredibly lovely all at the same time. I’m excited to say I’ll also be talking to kids about my Elspeth Hart books at the Edinburgh International Book Festival this month. I have so much fun doing my own events, but my favourite part is when I ask if anyone likes writing or wants to be a writer and dozens of hands shoot up. The ideas these kids have are amazing. I wonder if it’s easier to dream your way into becoming a writer when you meet grown-ups who’ve done the same thing?

Either way, I relish every minute of getting to meet my readers, and part of the reason I appreciate it, Anne, is you.

Warm wishes,
Sarah Forbes

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224 pages


Sarah Forbes
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Stripes Publishing an imprint of Little Tiger Press Group

Publication date

10th September 2015




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