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Matthew and the Highland Rescue’ is a time slip children's novel for 9-12 year olds, set in Scotland. It is based on 11th century events in the reign of Malcolm III and his saintly wife Queen Margaret, seen through the eyes of ten year old Matthew and his cousin Rory.
It is the first in the series of books called: ‘The Time Gate Series’
Matthew Walker is a troubled boy. He’s being bullied at school, his father has been missing for nearly a year and his mother is romantically involved with the man who is supposed to be looking for him.
During a fishing trip at Loch Kinord, whilst on holiday in Scotland, he and his cousin Rory discover something strange about the historic island in the loch. When they return to investigate, they are somehow transported to the 11th century. They are asked to stay at the court of the Warrior King Malcolm III and his saintly wife Queen Margaret. They attend the first ever Braemar Gathering, have a run-in with the ghost of King Macbeth and they witness the gruesome Battle of Monandawan.
They soon realize that they might possibly be trapped in the wrong century forever.
Then Matthew faces a new dilemma entirely, which results in a life-changing experience.
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A MUST READ
This extraordinarily powerful, beautifully crafted novel is greatly entertaining. -- Samia Muqueem, Canada
This novel will delight, surprise, and captivate all readers. An excellent, heart warming read. -- CB Meador, Ohio
From the Author
Why I wrote the novel
Not much has been written about King Malcolm III and his wife Queen Margaret. You hear about Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots, King Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and other historical Scottish figures but not much of the Canmore dynasty.
Working in a library, and guardian of many books, I became aware of the scarcity of certain old books. I became reluctant to lend some of the oldest ones out for fear of them never being returned, and deny future generations the pleasure of reading them. These books contain a wealth of local history, and legends of times gone by. Then I had a thought...I’ve always been fascinated by Loch Kinord, a beautiful lake in Aberdeenshire, not far from where I live. It drew me, and held me captive for many years, urging me to find out more, to dig deeper. This I did, and it resulted in this children's novel. I didn't just do my research locally, I went to Dunfermline in Fife, and Edinburgh and Alnwick in England to find out more and put the jigsaw puzzle of Malcolm and Margaret’s life together. I’ve been absorbed by their story ever since. So much so, that when I finished the children’s novel, the characters of Margaret and Malcolm wouldn’t let go of me. I was compelled to write a fictionalized account of their lives for adults, starting from the time when Queen Margaret set foot in Scotland until the day she died, only four days after King Malcolm was slain at Alnwick.
But that’s another story...
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Book Description PublishAmerica, 2005. Condition: Very Good. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Seller Inventory # GRP80296550