Raiders' Ransom

Raiders' Ransom

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by Emily Diamand, Charlotte Parry, James Clamp
     
 

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It's the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the prime minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. "If I save his daughter,"… See more details below

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It's the 22nd century and, because of climate change, much of England is underwater. Poor Lilly is out fishing with her trusty sea-cat when greedy raiders pillage the town--and kidnap the prime minister's daughter. Her village blamed, Lilly decides to find the girl. Off she sails, in secret. And with a ransom: a mysterious talking jewel. "If I save his daughter," Lilly reasons, "the prime minister's sure to reward me." Little does Lilly know that it will take more than grit to outwit the tricky, treacherous piratical tribes!

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School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—An environmental catastrophe befalls England in the early 23rd century, leaving life backwards both socially and technologically for the survivors. Much of the country has been flooded. Lilly Melkun, a 13-year-old fishergirl, manages to get by with the aid of her seafaring cat, a valuable commodity in a world broken into hostile factions. While Lilly fishes, raiders pillage her village, killing her grandmother and kidnapping the Prime Minster's daughter. Lilly comes into possession of a "jewel" and sets off to rescue the girl. The jewel turns out to be a computer from the 21st century. When Lilly meets Zeph, the son of the chief raider, she tricks him into helping her. But Zeph isn't that naïve and finds his loyalty to his father and new friend on shaky ground. The dangers that await them drive Emily Diamand's seafaring adventure (Chicken House, 2009) into a jolly good tale. The story is told from the viewpoints of Lilly and Zeph, and Charlotte Parry and James Clamp do a stellar job of bringing these voices to life. The underlying story line is one of consequence—a futuristic society suffering from past decisions. Those who enjoy a suspenseful tale and a good pirate yarn will find the audio version performed in true swashbuckling form.—Robyn Gioia, Bolles School, Ponte Vedra, FL
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
The twenty-third century finds London and much of what is now England under water because of catastrophic storms. Technology has been banned as a force of evil since the "Collapse" in the late twenty-first century. Only Greater Scotland allows the use of technology such as cell phones. Most electronics are now antiquities for display in museums or hidden away by collectors. Thirteen year old Lily lives in a primitive fishing village in one of the remaining Ten Counties of England. Her village is attacked by one of the Raider families of London who kill her grandmother and kidnap a young girl. When her best friend, Andy, is forced into the military along with the other males of the village, Lily sets off with her seacat in a small boat to ransom the child and make things right again. The novel is told alternately from Lily's point of view and that of Zeph, the Raider Boss's son. She and Zeph become unlikely allies in this seafaring adventure. Treasure in the form of an antique, artificial intelligence with a distinct personality provides humor in the midst of battle. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
Kirkus Reviews
Set in 23rd-century post-apocalypse Britain, this captivating story is told entirely in the present tense in alternating chapters by a fisher girl, Lilly, and a young Raider, Zeph, who ultimately find themselves in an unlikely alliance. One day, 13-year-old Lilly returns from fishing to discover that Raiders have attacked her village, murdered her grandmother (her only living relative) and kidnapped the Prime Minister of England's daughter, Lexy. Lilly disguises herself as a boy, procures a large jewel to offer as ransom for Lexy and sets off for Lunden. On her journey, Lilly discovers that the jewel is actually a computer, perhaps the only one to survive the Great Collapse, with a personality of its own. Once in Lunden, Lilly meets Zeph, a member of the Raider group that kidnapped Lexy, and tricks him into helping her find the kidnapped girl. But Zeph soon discovers Lilly's true identity and has to make some tough choices of his own. Will he betray his family or his new friend? A well-drawn world, plot twists galore and spunky characters make this one a true page-turner-readers will be panting for the sequel. (Science fiction. 9-14)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781436162982
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
01/21/2010
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author


EMILY DIAMAND is a lifelong environmental activist, and her concern for the earth greatly influenced the story of RAIDERS' RANSOM, her debut novel and the winner of the inaugural London Times/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition. She lives with her husband and son in Yorkshire, England.

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