The Desperate Journey

By Kathleen Fidler

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Ten-year-old twins Kirsty and David Murray are forced to leave their croft in the north of Scotland. How will they manage in Glasgow, and will they survive a dangerous Atlantic crossing?

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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Ten-year-old twins Kirsty and David Murray love their crofting life in the north of Scotland. They collect shellfish, milk the cows and help their father grow oats and vegetables. Then one day the Countess's men come and burn their house, saying they must leave.


The family travel across Scotland to Glasgow. City life is dirty and overcrowded, and work in the mills is hard and dangerous. The chance comes to join a ship sailing for Hudson Bay in Canada, and once again they start a long, perilous journey.


Will they survive the treacherous Atlantic crossing, and what will they find in the strange new land?


Kathleen Fidler had a gift for bringing characters from history to life for today's children. The Desperate Journey is her best-known story, a true Scottish classic whose thrilling plot will keep children gripped from start to end.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 22 Mar 2012
ISBN 9780863158810
Number of Pages 168

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