Emily Bradford travels to Scotland to learn more about her family’s history – and to see her father for the first time since her parents split up. She also journeys far back in time, with the help of a magical mirror. Twelve-year-old Emily wants to trace her family’s roots and get to know her father, David, again. She even wonders if she can help her parents get back together. Something leads her to take along a 700-year-old mirror, inherited from her grandmother. A face appears in the mirror – a woman from the time the mirror was made. She asks Emily to find her lost child. Emily soon discovers that she’s related to many in the village. She finds the house her great-grandparents lived in, and learns why they came to Canada. But she’s no closer to finding the lost child. Finally, the mirror helps Emily travel in time, to an ancient battle at the stone circle of Aikey Brae. As warriors with claymores slay people all around her, she helps save the life of Kiresz, a child who will grow up to be one of her ancestors. She also understands that her parents won’t get back together, but both of them will continue to love her.
About the Author
Judith Silverthorne is a multiple-award winning Regina-based writer. She is the author of seven novels for young readers with Coteau books, including: The Secret of Sentinel Rock, The Secret of the Stone House, Dinosaur Hideout, Dinosaur Breakout, Dinosaur Stakeout and Dinosaur Blackout. Her latest title, The Secret of the Stone Circle, was released in spring 2010. Two of her novels for young readers have won the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature. Her titles have received the "Our Choice" designation from the Canadian Children's Book Centre, while her first book, The Secret of Sentinel Rock, was also nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Writing for Young People.