The Smugglers by Iain LawrenceThe Smugglers by Iain Lawrence

The Smugglers

byIain Lawrence

Paperback | October 10, 2000

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"Steer clear of that ship," warns the mysterious gentleman who shares a coach with John and his father. "Death she'll bring you," says the man. "It's the way of a ship that was christened with blood."

This is an ominous introduction to the schooner John is about to be entrusted with for a voyage to London. But he's too charmed by the pretty Dragon to heed the advice. The ship looks clever and quick, and John can hardly wait to sail her. She was a smugglers' vessel once, but now she's his Dragon, and she'll proudly carry wool for honest trade.

But soon John will be forced to consider the gentleman's warning. And to wonder what he really knows about his bonny crew.
Iain Lawrence is a journalist, travel writer, and avid sailor.
Title:The SmugglersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.63 × 5.19 × 0.48 inPublished:October 10, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0440415969

ISBN - 13:9780440415961

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from A worthy followup to The Wreckers The Smugglers picks up where The Wreckers left off. The 2nd book in this trilogy was a great read. Now on to The Buccaneers!
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Smugglers The Smugglers is a great book for readers who enjoy books that are set a while ago. Great suspense and characters!
Date published: 2001-05-22

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I fetched a lantern and went right to the depths of the ship, where water, brown and fetid, slurped among the timbers. I went through the darkness in a circle of light, frightening cockroaches into shelter, hearing the groans and creaks of the hull as it worked. The places where I had to go were small and cramped, and I slithered through them as the lantern made the shadows zoom and tilt.And someone came behind me.When I stopped, he was silent. When I moved, so did he. I heard a faint creaking of wood as he crept up, closing the distance. He was quiet as a cat. And suddenly I felt a hand touch my shoulder. I cried out, startled, as he pushed me down against the hull."You're in danger, boy," said he.I tried to lift myself, to turn and see him, but the sailor held me down."Watch yourself," he said. "There's one aboard who'll kill you.""Who?"For a moment I only heard him breathing. He said, "The one who seems least likely.""But who?" I asked again.He pressed harder on my shoulder. "He'll want the dead man's secrets. See you keep them safe.""Who are you?" I asked."A man you never saw." And then the hand was gone.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

"Readers who devoured The Wreckers will be eager to dig into this seafaring sequel."--Booklist, Starred

"A corking good nautical adventure."--The Horn Book Magazine

"[To] be devoured in a single sitting."--The Bulletin

"Full of vivid descriptions that are swarming with historical detail."--Kirkus Reviews