There was once a village off the coast of Cornwall, England where people were so poor that they prayed for shipwrecks. They made their living by salvaging food and clothing from the wreckage. Some of them were evil and lit fires during a storm to lure ships onto the rocks. Then these "wreckers" made sure that no one survived the wrecks, so there would be no witnesses to their crimes. One stormy night in 1799, 14-year-old John Spencer was unfortunate enough to be on his father's ship when the wreckers did their worst. As John hid on the shore, he saw his shipmates murdered by these ruthless scavengers. Trapped in a strange land with no idea of whom to trust, he faced the most terrifying challenge of his life. The spell-binding excitement of a swashbuckling adventure, and the wrenching moral conflict of a Dickens novel delightfully converge in this critically-acclaimed debut novel. Ron Keith's exceptional narration ensures readers nonstop entertainment in the classic tradition. The Wreckers was chosen by Booklist as a Young Editors' Choice and by the New York Public Library as a title for reading and sharing.
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by Iain Lawrence
by Roald Dahl
by Debi Gliori
"A storm at sea, smugglers, murder, mystery and intrigue--this adventure story has it all. Teenaged John Spencer is enjoying his first voyage aboard one of his father's merchant ships when they're tricked into wrecking the ship along the wild coast of Cornwall during a brutal storm. This was no accident, and John must learn the truth about this strange community in order to save his father's life. Ron Keith navigates this terrain of cruelty and despair with subtle nuance, bringing the various characters to life with his careful rendering of their accents, genders and ages. In the end, John discovers that there is little that is only right or only wrong, and Keith conveys this message with his voice as well as with Lawrence's words. An exciting, powerful story is narrated with great skill and assurance. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine"
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