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The Desperate Journey | Chapter Book for Kids | Ages 8 to 12 years

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Ten-year-old twins Kirsty and David Murray love their crofting life. 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 leave the country and travel to the nearest big city. 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 has a gift for bringing characters from history to life for today's children. The Desperate Journey is her best-known story, a true classic whose thrilling plot will keep children gripped from start to end. 

Great historical fiction read for anyone who loves the genre or for a homeschool addition when studying Hudson’s Bay, North American exploration or European History between the 1670s to 1870s.


  • Written by Kathleen Fidler.
  • Published by Kelpies, Scotland; May 5, 2012.
  • Ages 8 to 12 years
  • 0.7" H x 7.7" L x 5.1" W (0.35 lbs) 161 pages
  • Softcover

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