Hell and High Water

Written by Tanya Landman

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LoveReading View on Hell and High Water

Historical adventure with many twists, a mystery to solve, and prejudice to overcome - in one word - gripping!

One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2016

The astonishing story of a young man's quest to find justice for his father, from the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier.  Holding the reader in suspense throughout it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man with the inspiration drawn from the shocking true story of Thomas Benson, an eighteenth-century Devonshire smuggler.

 

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Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Judge David Almond: “Landman is a brilliant writer and the book is beautifully written and wonderfully paced. She handles a complex wide-ranging plot with vivacity, verve and skill.”

Hell and High Water Synopsis

From the Carnegie Medal-winning author of Buffalo Soldier Tanya Landman comes this heart-stopping tale of a young man's attempt to clear his father's name. When his father is arrested and transported to the Colonies, Caleb is left alone. After a desperate journey in search of an aunt he's never met he receives a strange, cold welcome. Then a body washes up on the nearby beach and Caleb is caught up in a terrifying net of lies and intrigue. Soon he and his new family are in mortal danger. This powerful story holds the reader in suspense as it charts the growth of a frightened boy into a brave young man.

Hell and High Water Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Edel Waugh - 'A truly wonderful book with adventure, mystery, and an inspiring young male character.' 
  • Alice East - 'Caleb and his father run a puppet show, making just enough money to live off.  When Caleb's father gets accused of a robbery it is up to Caleb to save him.'

Hell and High Water Press Reviews

Exploring prejudice and the corruption of the ruling classes, this absolutely gripping stuff. It can only be good news that more readers will find Landman's books thanks to her Carnegie success. The Bookseller

This is a truly exciting story with a hero that we really want to succeed. [...] We can hear the cries of the sailors and stall holders and smell the aromas of the sea. [...] Yet another brilliant book from this Carnegie winning author. The School Librarian

This is a demanding, but highly satisfying, read. IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406366914
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406356618
Publication date: 01/10/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406366914
Publication date: 5th May 2016
Author: Tanya Landman
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Historical Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners, Guardian Fiction Prize, UKLA 2017

About Tanya Landman

Tanya Landman has written numerous books for children and young people, including Buffalo Soldier, winner of the Carnegie Medal, Apache, shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize, The Goldsmith's Daughter and Hell and High Water, shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Sam Swann and Poppy Fields mystery series and the beautiful picture book Mary's Penny. Tanya lives in Bideford, Devon, with her husband and their two sons. Read more about the author here.  

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