By Barbara Henderson

Format: Paperback

Runaway Phin's journey across Victorian Scotland with an escaped prisoner and a dancing bear.

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Cranachan Publishing

Established at the beginning of 2016, Cranachan is a small independent publisher and a fresh-face in Scottish publishing landscape. They are committed to finding new voices and writing talent for their adult fiction list and their children's historical fiction series, Yesteryear, published under the Pokey Hat imprint. Their Cranachan Education imprint focuses on professional development titles for teachers, as well as classroom resources to support the Yesteryear series. Cranachan pride themselves on only publishing books which excite and inspire them, and firmly believe that the proof of the pudding is in the reading.

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Wrong place. Wrong time. A boy on the run.


Smoke belches out through the market entrance. 

And me? 

I turn and run. 

Inverness 1889. 

When 12-year-old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears.

But will Phin clear his name?

And what can he do when memories of a darker, more terrible crime begin to haunt him?

Additional Information

Additional Information

Format Paperback
Imprint Pokey Hat
Publication Date 23 Oct 2017
ISBN 9781911279235
Number of Pages 210

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Press Reviews

'PUNCH is good proper storytelling, packed with colourful characters, shifting settings and real tension. Like Punch's nose I was hooked and with Phineas every fleeing, hiding, performing page of the way.'

Janis Mackay

'Vivid, exhilarating, and heartwarming. Phin's life on the run will have you gripped!'

John K Fulton

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