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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elvira Woodruff Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455182176
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In London in 1735, eleven-year-old Forrest Harper is living with his family in the Tower of London. There he helps his father tend the ravens and guard the prisoners. Still, life is lonely. When vicious Scottish Rebels are captured, Forrest is delighted. Perhaps now he can prove his courage and impress the local bullies who torment him. His happiness is short-lived, though, when the Harpers are only given custody of Maddy, a Scottish Rebel’s daughter, for a rebel in a dress will surely make Forrest a laughingstock.

As the days pass, Maddy’s beauty and warmth and her touching stories of life in Scotland seal a friendship between them. But when she is slated for execution, Forrest is faced with a horrifying choice: commit treason and help her escape, or obey the law and allow his innocent friend to be executed.

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  • “An absorbing historical adventure with a unique and colorful setting…The novel can be read for its exciting plot and sympathetic characters, but readers will also sense its underlying theme of courage.”


  • “Vance’s characterizations are amazingly realistic. The story provides wonderful facts about the era, surroundings, and daily lives of characters from various economical strata. The action is fast-paced with surprises around every corner.”


  • “Suspense, excitement, and interesting characters…[The] message of judging people on their own merits and not on the basis of stereotypes comes across strongly.”

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  • “Historical fiction with all of the danger, excitement, heroism, and adventure that attracts young boys—and many young girls—and helps make them life-long lovers of literature.”

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About the Author
Author Elvira Woodruff

Elvira Woodruff based the relationship between the characters Lucy and Glory on the close bond she had with her own two sisters while she was growing up. And as she sat in her study, in the company of an antique doll who watched wisely from the top shelf, she also drew inspiration from her love of dolls and history.

Ms. Woodruff is the author many popular middle-grade novels, including The Orphan of Ellis Island, The Magnificent Mummy Maker, Dear Levi, George Washington’s Socks, and a recent picture book, The Memory Coat, illustrated by Michael Dooling. Her books have won many awards and honors. And the hundreds of letters she receives from children she visits at schools each year keep her excited about writing. She lives in Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania, where she keeps a garden that is filled with morning glories.

Elvira Woodruff’s trademark style of making history accessible by combining compelling stories with intriguing characters makes her a hands-down favorite with contemporary readers. She lives in Martin’s Creek, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe. 

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.