In 1842, Christopher Robertson’s family lives a difficult life as “crofters,” farmers and fishermen so in debt to the landowner that they have no hope of ever breaking free. To make matters worse, Christopher also lives under the thumb of his morally questionable father and devious brother. When his brother frames him for the theft of their father’s secret bag of coins, Christopher must leave his home and embark on a journey across the island to return the coins and clear his name. It’s a journey that takes twists and turns, including stops in prison, on a smuggler’s ship, and at the house of a beautiful girl—and it ends with him escaping to a new life in America, which has dangers of its own. Winner of NH YA Novel Readers' Choice -- https://www.nh.gov/nhsl/bookcenter/programs/literary.html New England Book Festival 2016 YA Novel http://www.newenglandbookfestival.com/winners2016.html
About the Author
Years ago, Emilie Christie Burack discovered a set of brittle cassette tapes in a shoe box at the back of her father’s closet on which her late grandfather had recorded his family’s history. When she learned her ancestor had come from the islands “where they had little ponies with long hair,” she had to know more. She has traveled to the Shetland Islands and spent the last four years researching its history and unique Norse-Scots culture. She now resides in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. This is her first book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Exciting, Chilling, Suspenseful The Runaway's Gold is an exciting, chilling, suspenseful book with plot twists and turns, grizzly characters and terrific character descriptions. It's written such that you feel you're being told the story by a Scott - fun language and expressions. A good read, particularly for boys between 9-14.
In this well-written novel, Christopher Robertson and his family are living a rough life as “crofters” on the island of Shetland. Famine and hardship are like the sky to him, it will always be there. But when a night from Christopher’s worst dreams becomes reality, he is forced to flee to right his name and the truth. While I was reading though, I didn’t feel that this novel kept me “on the hook”. I felt as if putting it down was an option. It came as a surprise to me though, that this book wasn’t addictive because the plot was up to par and even that’s an understatement. In conclusion, while I wasn’t addicted to this book as I am to others, I believe the other people would still enjoy this action-packed historical fiction because it’s a great read and possesses a wonderful ending. review by Aaron M, age 12, Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa (GLAAM)