When Will and Lucy's dad disappears, their life changes for ever. They uncover a trail of secrets and lies - but hidden in a fireplace in their old Edinburgh house, there's a clue that might lead them to the truth. A journal that tells the story of another pair of twins, William and Louisa, who lived in their house two-hundred years before. Their own father was in serious financial trouble and took sanctuary - as all debtors could - in the grounds of Holyrood Abbey. A place full of French aristocrats fleeing revolution; a haven of intrigue and spies. In 1796, a mysterious black dagger helped the children save the life of an exiled French Count. And now it will lead Will and Lucy to find their own dad - and the truth about why he's disappeared.
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'This book is a joy to hold as a great deal of care has gone into its production, and even more of a joy to read. Joan Lingard has a stellar reputation and the moment you start reading the door closes and you are in the story... In Joan Lingard's hands this story moves seamlessly between the two periods of history, helped by the part the city of Edinburgh plays in the events. This is a straightforward adventure story but the pattern of events, repeated two centuries apart, is beautifully written. The book has been produced by Kelpies, who ran a competition for the cover. There are lamps at the bottom of each page and decoration for each chapter head - and there is a map!' -- Books for Keeps 'This book is quite mysterious, yet adventurous as there is detective work. For me it really felt like I was there watching the action.' -- Kobe, Currie Community High pupil, Teen Titles 'I think the characters were interesting and I liked the connection between the two time-frames... This book would appeal to readers who like a bit of adventure.' -- Samuel, Currie Community High pupil, Teen TitlesAbout the Author:
Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was eighteen. She began writing when she was eleven, and has never wanted to be anything other than a writer. She is the author of more than thirty novels for young people and thirteen for adults. Joan Lingard has three grown-up daughters and five grandchildren, and lives in Edinburgh with her Latvian/Canadian husband. She was awarded an MBE for services to children's literature in 1998.
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Book Description Puffin Books, 2005. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0141320087