The Smugglers (High Seas Trilogy Series #2)

The Smugglers (High Seas Trilogy Series #2)

by Iain Lawrence
The Smugglers (High Seas Trilogy Series #2)

The Smugglers (High Seas Trilogy Series #2)

by Iain Lawrence



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Readers will relish this companion to the highly acclaimed adventure, The Wreckers:

Young John is charmed by the Dragon, the schooner he is planning to sail to London and use for the honest wool trade.  But a mysterious gentleman delivers an ominous warning to "steer clear of that ship," because the ship was "christened with blood."  The ship looks clever and quick, and the crew seems to know how to man it, but with such a warning John is left to wonder how well he really knows what lies ahead.  Will he heed the advice given by the mysterious man?  Or will he brave the unknown on his own?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307546722
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 03/12/2009
Series: High Seas Trilogy Series , #2
Sold by: Random House
Format: eBook
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Iain Lawrence is a journalist, travel writer, and an avid sailor.  He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start author for The Wreckers, published by Delacorte Press in 1998.  The Smugglers is his second book for young people.  He resides in Canada.

Read an Excerpt

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."


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.

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