Raiders' Ransom

Raiders' Ransom

by Emily Diamand
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Raiders' Ransom by Emily Diamand

Winner of the inaugural Chicken House/London Times Children's Fiction Competition, which called it "a funny, clever, towering adventure."

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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545142977
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 12/01/2009
Series: Raiders' Ransom Series
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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Raiders' Ransom (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Set in a post-apocalyptic England, Lilly Melkun has a fairly ordinary life. Each day, she and her seacat go out fishing and come back to a home-cooked supper that Granny has made. One day, however, when she returns home, she discovers the village has been ransacked by raiders, the visiting Prime Minister's daughter has been kidnapped, and Granny has been killed. Angry at the villagers for not retaliating against the raiders, the Prime Minister shows up in the village, presses all able-bodied young men into fighting the war he wants to start, arrests all leaders in authority, and threatens to hang the lot of them if they turn out to be traitors. When the Prime Minister's sister asks Lilly to come to her house in the village, she discovers that the raiders were after a jewel that the woman has from her husband. Determined to save the day, Lilly cuts off her hair in order to look like a boy, and steals the jewel and the letter explaining to whoever cares what the object is and why she has it. Trouble finds her quickly, though, when Lilly arrives in London and gets pushed into the mud by the son of the raider who ransacked her village. Followed everywhere by the raider boy, she comes up with a plan involving befriending the boy in order to rescue the Prime Minister's daughter. What will happen when the boy discovers what she's really up to? Will Lilly save the day and stop a war from killing off everyone she cares about? RAIDERS' RANSOM is an action-packed adventure filled with humor, suspense, and even a talking head. The characters are endearing and entertaining. The plot is fast-paced and well-developed, with lots of twists and turns. Readers will enjoy the surprises that lie in store for them when they read this story. Those who like fantasy, adventure, and science fiction will all have a hard time putting this book down - and will hope the author writes a sequel.
Anonymous 10 months ago
One of the best books i have ever read. Attention-grabbing, exciting, hilarious, an meaningful. More people should hear about and read this book.
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deeb0ox33 More than 1 year ago
it just didnt capture my attention. i tried to keep reading it, but it just didnt work.